vSphere CLI Reference

Documentation Description
esxcli command Lists descriptions of esxcli commands.
esxcli fcoe FCOE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) comands
esxcli hardware Hardware namespace. Used primarily for extracting information about the current system setup.
esxcli iscsi iSCSI namespace for minitoring and managing hardware and software iSCSI.
esxcli license License management commands.
esxcli network Network namespace for managing virtual networking including virtual switches and VMkernel network interfaces.
esxcli software Software namespace. Includes commands for managing and installing image profiles and VIBs.
esxcli storage Includes core storage commands and other storage management commands.
esxcli system System monitoring and management command.
esxcli vm Namespace for listing virtual machines and shutting them down forcefully.
svmotion Moves a virtual machine’s configuration file and optionally its disks while the virtual machine is running. Must run against a vCenter Server system.
vicfg-advcfg Performs advanced configuration including enabling and disabling CIM providers. Use this command as instructed by VMware.
vicfg-authconfig Manages Active Directory authentication.
vicfg-cfgbackup Backs up the configuration data of an ESXi system and restores previously saved configuration data.
vicfg-dns.pl Specifies an ESX/ESXi host’s DNS (Domain Name Server) configuration.
vicfg-dumppart Manages diagnostic partitions.
vicfg-hostops Allows you to start, stop, and examine ESX/ESXi hosts and to instruct them to enter maintenance mode and exit from maintenance mode.
vicfg-ipsec Supports setup of IPSec.
vicfg-iscsi Manages iSCSI storage.
vicfg-module Enables VMkernel options. Use this command with the options listed, or as instructed by VMware.
vicfg-mpath Displays information about storage array paths and allows you to change a path’s state.
vicfg-mpath35 Configures multipath settings for Fibre Channel or iSCSI LUNs.
vicfg-nas Manages NAS file systems.
vicfg-nics Manages the ESX/ESXi host’s NICs (uplink adapters).
vicfg-ntp Specifies the NTP (Network Time Protocol) server.
vicfg-rescan Rescans the storage configuration.
vicfg-route Lists or changes the ESX/ESXi host’s route entry (IP gateway).
vicfg-scsidevs Finds available LUNs.
vicfg-snmp Manages the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) agent.
vicfg-syslog Specifies the syslog server and the port to connect to that server for ESXi hosts.
vicfg-user Creates, modifies, deletes, and lists local direct access users and groups of users.
vicfg-vmknic Adds, deletes, and modifies virtual network adapters (VMkernel NICs).
vicfg-volume Supports resignaturing a VMFS snapshot volume and mounting and unmounting the snapshot volume.
vicfg-vswitch Adds or removes virtual switches or vNetwork Distributed Switches, or modifies switch settings.
vifs.pl Performs file system operations such as retrieving and uploading files on the remote server.
vihostupdate Manages updates of ESX/ESXi hosts. Use vihostupdate35 for ESXi 3.5 hosts.
vihostupdate35 Manages updates of ESX/ESXi version 3.5 hosts.
vmkfstools Creates and manipulates virtual disks, file systems, logical volumes, and physical storage devices on ESX/ESXi hosts.
vmware-cmd Performs virtual machine operations remotely. This includes, for example, creating a snapshot, powering the virtual machine on or off, and getting information about the virtual machine.
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