ESXi Command-Line – Part 1

ESXi has some commands with esxcfg prefix for doing some advanced tasks on shell. Of course, you can do the tasks by ESXCLI commands but the esxcfg commands are useful. Let’s review some of them:

esxcfg-advcfg

You can use this command to configure or show system advanced settings in ESXi

Note: You can use “esxcli system settings advanced” instead of this command.

esxcfg-dumppart

When using the ESXi Shell, you can configure your system to save core dumps to a local partition or to use the ESXi Dump Collector and save core dumps to a prespecified local or remote partition.

You can use “esxcli coredump partition” instead of this command.

esxcfg-info

This command using for find some information about hardware and software in ESXi, there is no other command and there is no alternative for this command in ESXCLI.

esxcfg-swiscsi and esxcfg-hwiscsi

These commands using for configuring iSCSi on ESXi, you can use “esxcli iscsi” instead of these commands.

esxcfg-scsidevs 

This command is using for configure SCSI devices and also you can use “esxcli storage” instead of this.

esxcfg-module

This command supports manipulation of the VMkernel loadable modules and device drivers. You can use “system module” command in ESXCLI.

esxcfg-mpath

supports listing information about Fibre Channel or iSCSI LUNs and changing a path’s state. You can use “storage core” in ESXCLI instead of this command.

esxcfg-nas

You can use “storage nfs” instead of this command.

esxcfg-nics

Use this command for managing physical nics on ESXi, also you can use “network nic” instead of this.

esxcfg-rescan

Using for storage rescan and has equivalent command: “storage core“.

esxcfg-vmknic

Using for adds, deletes, and modifies VMkernel network interfaces. Also you can use “network ip interface

esxcfg-volume

Managing LVM and snapshot. You can use “storage vmfs” and “storage filesystem” instead of this.

esxcfg-vswitch

Using for managing virtual switches and has alternative in ESXCLI: network vswitch standard

ESXCLI has no support for distributed switches.

You can download complete reference via this link: Command-Line Reference

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Davoud Teimouri

Davoud Teimouri is as a professional blogger, vExpert 2015/2016/2017/2018/2019, VCA, MCITP. This blog is started with simple posts and now, it has large following readers.

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