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Is there also a console on ESXi 5? The well known method from ESXi 4 for the "hiddenconsole" does not seem to work.

(Alt-F1, type "unsupported", enter root password)

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In ESXi 5 (and 4.1), this is referred to as "Tech Support Mode."

It's an explicit option in the ESXi console interface.

See the following article from VMWare on how to enter it.

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