vCenter Server Appliance & WinSCP

The other day I had to pull off the SSL certs for the vCSA and I was struggling to connect to the appliance even after enabling SSH and Bash shell access from within the VAMI.

Turns out a bit more configuration is required before you can connect to the vCSA via SCP and this is mainly due to the vCSA having 2 shells – Appliance shell and Bash shell.

What you need to do is change the default shell in the vCSA to Bash… have a look at the following KB for the solution steps: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2107727

BTW, in case you didn’t know where the SSL cert for the vCSA resides, you’ll find it here:
/etc/vmware-vpx/ssl/rui.crt

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