Remove or Disable ESXi Shell SSH Warnings-Errors for ESXi vSphere 5

If you receive the following warnings in vSphere/vCenter 5 on and ESXi 5 host, there is a way to suppress the warning messages:

ESXi Shell SSH Warning 1

Configuration Issues

ESXi Shell for the host has been enabled

SSH for the host has been enabled

‚ÄčThis warning occurs when you have Remote SSH and the ESXi Shell for management of hosts enabled. By default, it will alert you, as a precautionary measure, to ensure you do not accidently leave it enabled. If you wish to permanently disable the warnings, you can easily do so from the GUI or command line:

  • GUI - Remove Shell SSH Warnings

From vCenter or vSphere, go to Home > Inventory > Hosts and Clusters and select the host. On the configuration tab, click on Advanced Settings:

ESXi Shell SSH Warning 2

From the Advanced Settings window, select UserVars. Scroll to the bottom and change the value of UserVars.SuppressShellWarning from 0 to 1:

ESXi Shell SSH Warning 3

Repeat these steps for any other hosts

ESX / ESXi Convert thick to thin disk

There may come a time when you need to expand a disk on a server virtual machine. If you provisioned the disk with Thin provisioning then you can simply go to edit settings and increase the disk amount, log into the VM and open disk management to extend the disk.

Well what if you have a Thick provisioned disk? You will find the option to increase the disk is grayed out! So there are some extra steps you must take to extend the disk. Below is the command to convert your thick provisioned disk to thin:

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