Error when uploading files to vCenter Server Appliance using WinSCP

If your vCenter server has Appliance Shell set as default then transferring files via WinSCP will not work. To fix this you need to change to Bash Shell.

Appliance Shell
Bash Shell


  1. Initiate an SSH connection to the vCenter Server Appliance
  2. Provide the root user user name and password when prompted.
  3. Run this command to enable the Bash shell:
shell.set --enable True
  1. Run this command to access the Bash shell:
  • In the Bash shell, run this command to change the default shell to Bash:
 chsh -s /bin/bash root
  1. To return to the Appliance Shell, run this command:
chsh -s /bin/appliancesh root

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