VmWare/Misc Commands

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Misc commands (to be used with SSH--see below for enabling SSH)

Contents

List VMs (get vmIds)
vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms
VM status
vim-cmd vmsvc/power.getstate vmId
Power on/off a VM
vim-cmd vmsvc/power.[on/off] vmId
Get the IP address of a VM
vim-cmd vmsvc/get.summary vmId | grep ipAddress
To list available commands
vim-cmd help
vim-cmd vmsvc
Standard VM operations
vim-cmd vmsvc/power.getstate vmId
vim-cmd vmsvc/power.on vmId
vim-cmd vmsvc/power.off vmId
vim-cmd vmsvc/power.suspend vmId
vim-cmd vmsvc/power.reset vmId
vim-cmd vmsvc/power.shutdown vmId
vim-cmd vmsvc/power.reboot vmId
vim-cmd vmsvc/power.hibernate vmId
vim-cmd vmsvc/snapshot.create vmId snapshotName snapshotDescription includeMemory
Ex:
vim-cmd "vmsvc/snapshot.create XXXX FIRST_SNAPSHOT MY_FIRST_SNAPSHOT_1"
vim-cmd vmsvc/snapshot.revert VmId snapshotLevel snapshotIndex
Ex:
vim-cmd "vmsvc/snapshot.revert XXXX 1"
vim-cmd vmsvc/snapshot.removeall VmId
vim-cmd vmsvc/snapshot.remove VmId removeChildren snapshotLevel snapshotIndex
vim-cmd vmsvc/snapshot.get vmId
Remove a VM
vim-cmd vmsvc/unregister vmId
then delete the vm directory from the datastore (/vmfs/...)
Maintenance mode for ESX host
    • (unfortunately this command will not evacuate/VMotion your VMs to rest of the cluster)
vim-cmd hostsvc/maintenance_mode_enter
vim-cmd hostsvc/maintenance_mode_exit
show the DCUI (direct console user interface)
dcui

Ctrl-C to exit

Enable SSH (from terminal)
vi /var/run/inetd.conf
uncomment ssh line (remove # from line that starts with #ssh)
save the file (:wq)
restart inetd
kill -HUP `ps | grep inetd`
Remove/Add SSH enabled warnings

To disable these warnings using esxcli:

esxcli system settings advanced set -o /UserVars/SuppressShellWarning -i 1 

To enable these warnings using esxcli:

esxcli system settings advanced set -o /UserVars/SuppressShellWarning -i 0
Change hostname
~$ esxcli system hostname set --host=hostname
~$esxcli system hostname set --fqdn=fqdn.com
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