Disabling ” SSH/ESXi shell for the host has been enabled” warnings

When enabling SSH or ESXi shell on a ESXi host you will get a warning in the client summary tab.

This can be disabled by changing the UserVars.SuppressShellWarning to 1. To do this follow the steps below:

  1. Select the ESXi host
  2. Click the Configuration tab
  3. Under Software, choose Advanced Settings
  4. Navigate towards UserVars
  5. Change the value of UserVars.SuppressShellWarning to 1
  6. Save the change by clicking OK

The warning will be gone after this. You can enable it again by changing the value back to 0.

Niels Engelen
Working as a pre-sales with an interest for anything virtual and cloud. Certified as a VMware Certified Professional 4 and 5. Niels also gained the VMware vExpert award (2012-2016) and is an ex-PernixPro.