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VMware vCLI Instructions

The vSphere Command-Line Interface (vSphere CLI) command set allows you to run common system administration commands against ESX/ESXi systems from any machine with network access to those systems. You can also run most vSphere CLI commands against a vCenter Server system and target any ESX/ESXi system that vCenter Server system manages. vSphere CLI includes the ESXCLI command set, vicfg- commands, and some other commands.

  • Download and Install vCLI
  • Right click on the vCLI icon and select Run as Administrator
  • Navigate to c:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware vSphere CLI\bin
  • You will see the below vCLI commands (Note the .pl extension on the end)


  • An example of running a command would be as per below with
  • Type –help to see the associated switches for this command


  • Try typing –server esxihostserver –listdc


  • Another example of this command as per below screenprints shows how you can create a folder on a Datstore
  • –server esxiserver –mkdir “[Datastore] test”



vSphere Command-Line Interface Documentation

Getting Started with vSphere Command-Line Interfaces

vSphere Command‐Line Interface Concepts and Examples

vSphere Command‐Line Interface Reference

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Running Commands on Windows.

In order to stop having to put in credentials everytime you run a command you can can the following –server esxiserver01 –username usera –password passswordxyz –savesessionfile c:\temp\vclisessionfile

The next time you run a command you can type the following

esxcli –server MyESXiHost –sessionfile c:\temp\vclisessionfile storage core filesystem list

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