Use esxcli commands for vSphere management, troubleshooting

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Esxcli commands provide some useful functionality, especially for those who don’t have vCenter to manage their VMware hosts. These commands also enable the vSphere administrator to reproduce identical output across several hosts because it’s easy to copy and paste commands.

Esxcli requires Secure Shell (SSH) access to operate. SSH is disabled by default, so you need to enable SSH on stand-alone hosts to use esxcli commands. To access esxcli, use SSH to log in to a host as root. Once you’re logged in, type esxcli to start experimenting with esxcli; keep in mind that everything is case-sensitive.

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