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VMware: Using esxcli (VMware vSphere CLI)

Posted by bartvdw on 2323/0404/2013

Some useful commands (I think so) for VMware vSphere CLI, some of them are also valid when working with vMA (not all).

esxcli -s <IP/hostname> -u <user> -p <password> system maintenanceMode -e True/False
esxcli -s <IP/hostname> -u <user> -p <password> system shutdown reboot -d=<time-out> -r=<reason>
esxcli -s <IP/hostname> -u <user> -p <password> software vib update -d=/vmfs/volumes/<datastore>/<folder>/<update>.zip

Using these simple commands allows you quick and easy patching, reboot, or putting a host into maintenance mode. Note that the command to install updates is using a VMFS datastore as source, there are other possibilities.

esxcli -s <IP/hostname> -u <user> -p <password> system coredump network get
esxcli -s <IP/hostname> -u <user> -p <password> system coredump network set –internface-name vmk0 –server-ipv4 <IP Core Dump Collector> –server-port 6500 (or custom port depending your configuration)
esxcli -s <IP/hostname> -u <user> -p <password> system coredump network set -e True/False

The above commands allows you to configure the Dump Collector settings on ESXi hosts.

Feel free to comment!

Updating ESXi 5 – Single use esxcli How To
http://communities.vmware.com/people/vmroyale/blog/2011/09/15/updating-esxi-5–single-use-esxcli-how-to

Quickest Way to Patch an ESX/ESXi Using the Command-line
http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2012/02/quickest-way-to-patch-an-esxesxi-using-the-command-line.html

Installing patches on an ESXi 5.x host from the command line (2008939)
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2008939

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VMware: Cannot join ESXi 5.0 host to AD

Posted by bartvdw on 2323/0404/2013

Came across an issue when trying to joining ESXi 5.0 hosts to AD, it kept returning me an error “The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted”. Checked the configuration (DNS, NTP, …) but was unable to find anything wrong.

Then found a KB explaining to temporarily disable the firewall or create a firewall rule to allow TCP port 53 outgoing… All very nice however some guy (patm521) suggested another workaround which actually works fast! Enable NFS Client rule in the security profile, join to AD, disable the NFS Client rule. That’s it!

PS: Only saw this for ESXi 5.0 hosts, didn’t have the issue (yet) for 5.1 hosts…

Unable to add ESXi host to the Active Directory domain (2008408)
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2008408

VMware Communities: Cannot join ESXi 5.0 Host to AD
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1829087

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VMware: vCenter Certificate Automation Tool 1.0

Posted by bartvdw on 1919/0404/2013

Great stuff!

Introducing the vCenter Certificate Automation Tool 1.0
http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/2013/04/introducing-the-vcenter-certificate-automation-tool-1-0.html

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IBM BladeCenter S (BCS) Storage Configuration Using CLI

Posted by bartvdw on 1818/0404/2013

Great resource to work with Telnet on the storage of an IBM BladeCenter S; personally works better then the web interface !

BladeCenter S (BCS) Storage Configuration Using CLI
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=nas10b030bb8116274b9862576c60059e94b

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