Pressing ALT + F1 on a remote ESXi console doesn’t bring up the console prompt

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Rarely when trying to access a server console via ALT + F1, the server may appear nonresponsive, however, sometimes this is just a false alarm.

This is more likely happening when using a KVM device as it may send incorrect characters over.

As the VMware documentation mentions:

 

  1. Connect to the console of the VMware ESX host.
  2. At the VMware ESX banner screen, type in root.
    Note: You cannot see the text that you are typing.
  3. Press Enter.
  4. Type in the password of the root user on this VMware ESX host.
    Note: You cannot see the text that you are typing.
  5. Press Enter.
  6. Type chvt 2.
    Note: You cannot see the text that you are typing.
  7. Press Enter.

Note: You can now see the command prompt and everything that you type.

 

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