How to use vifs.php Command

The command vifs.php can be used to move files to and from your ESXi host. As of Update 2 of the ESXi 3.5 RCLI, this command is not supported with VirtualCenter. If you only need to copy files from your ESXi host, then you can also use your web browser to retrieve files. ESXi allows …

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How to use vicfg-user.pl

The commands vicfg-user.pl (esxcfg-user.pl) are used to manage local users and groups on your ESXi host. The commands will always require the –entity (-e) and –operation (-o) options. With this command you can add, modify, list and delete users and groups. The vicfg-user.pl script has the following options. Sample Session vicfg-user.pl –server 192.168.1.33 –entity user –operation …

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How to use vicfg-syslog.pl

The commands vicfg-syslog.pl (esxcfg-syslog.pl) allow you to set a remote syslog server for an ESXi 3.5 host. This command will not work on ESX 3.5 hosts. If you connect via a VirtualCenter host with the –server option, you must then specify the ESXi host with the -h/–vihost <host> option. Once the settings are configured, there is …

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How to use vicfg-snmp.pl

The commands vicfg-snmp.pl (esxcfg-snmp.pl) allow you to enable, configure and disable the SNMP agent that comes with ESXi. Given the architecture of ESXi, it is not possible to add 3rd party SNMP agents to ESXi and given the diverse nature of SNMP management applications, ESXi only support SNMP traps and not gets. The SNMP agent …

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How to use vicfg-nics.pl

The commands vicfg-nics.pl (esxcfg-nics.pl) are used to manage the physical NIC ports in your ESXi host. The VMkernel will identify each NIC port as vmnicX where X is a number starting with 0. The following options are available –list (-l) – this will list the current NIC ports in the system including VMkernel name, PCI …

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ViCFG-AdvCfg.pl Tutorial

The commands vicfg-advcfg.pl (esxcfg-advcfg.pl) are used to change Advanced Settings for your host as you would with the VI client (see Configuration \ Advanced Settings. Typically these settings would be changed only under the guidance of VMware Support or a knowledge base article. The vicfg-advcfg.pl command has the following options. Sample session vicfg-advcfg.pl –server esx10.mishchenko.net –get LVM.DisallowSnapshot …

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ViCFG CFG Backup

The commands vicfg-cfgbackup.pl (esxcfg-cfgbackup.pl) allow you to backup and restore the configuration of your ESX 3i host. To backup the host you would run the command. To restore your backup configuration to your host you would run. This will cause the host to reboot once the process is complete. NOTES While this command can be used to …

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Disable CIM on Startup

Some users have experienced a problem when booting ESXi for the first time after an install in which an error in the sfcbd process (typically the error is something like Exception type 13 in world 1381:sfcbd) which causes a PSOD (purple screen of death) on the host. The PSOD error may also be like “exception …

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