Cluster warning for ESXi Shell and SSH appear on an ESXi 5.x host

To disable these warnings using vSphere Client:

  1. Select the ESXi host from the Inventory.
  2. Click the Configuration tab.
  3. Click Advanced Settings in the Software menu.
  4. Navigate to UserVars > UserVars.SuppressShellWarning.
  5. Set the value from 0 to 1.
  6. Click OK.

To disable these warnings using esxcli:

  1. Connect to the ESXi host through SSH using root credentials.
  2. Run this command:

    vim-cmd hostsvc/advopt/update UserVars.SuppressShellWarning long 1

To enable these warnings using esxcli:

  1. Connect to the ESXi host through SSH using root credentials.
  2. Run this command:

    vim-cmd hostsvc/advopt/update UserVars.SuppressShellWarning long 0

To disable SSH and warning using vSphere Web Client:
  • Disable remote access to the ESXi 5.x host
    1. From the vSphere Web Client, select vCenter from the Home menu.
    2. Select Hosts and Clusters under the Inventory Trees.
    3. Expand the tree in the left pane of the vSphere Web Client.
    4. Click the ESXi host with the yellow exclamation and click the Manage tab.
    5. Click Settings and highlight Security Profile.
    6. Scroll to Services and click Edit.
    7. Highlight ESXi Shell and click Stop.
    8. Repeat for SSH, then press OK.
  • Disable the Warning message
    1. From the vSphere Web Client, select vCenter from the Home menu.
    2. Select Hosts and Clusters under the Inventory Trees.
    3. Expand the tree in the left pane of the vSphere Web Client.
    4. Click the ESXi host with the yellow exclamation and click the Manage tab.
    5. Click Settings and highlight Advanced System Settings.
    6. Locate the parameter UserVars.SuppressShellWarning and click the pencil icon to edit.
    7. Change the value to 1 and press OK.

     

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VMware vCenter Server 5.x reports false alarms on virtual machines

Symptoms

  • In VMware vCenter Server 5.x, some virtual machines display a red alarm.
  • This alarm displays no symptoms of a triggered report in these sections:
    • Summary Page of the affected virtual machine(s)
    • Tasks & Events for the affected virtual machine(s)
    • Alarms tab for the affected virtual machine(s)
  • The alarm triggers on both powered on and powered off virtual machines

Resolution

This issue is resolved in:

For more information, see:

To work around this issue when you are unable to upgrade, clear the alarms:
  1. Migrate the virtual machines to another host.
  2. Restart the management agents on the affected ESXi/ESX host. For more information, see Restarting the Management agents on an ESX or ESXi Server (1003490).

If the issue persists:

  1. Restart the VMware VirtualCenter Server service. For more information, see Stopping, starting, or restarting vCenter services (1003895).
  2. Migrate the affected virtual machines to another host.
If the issue persists, you can remove the ESXi/ESX host from the inventory and then re-register with vCenter Server.

Note: Completing this action removes the past performance data for the ESXi/ESX host.