Command-Line Management in vSphere 5 and vSphere 6 for Service Console Users
ESXi 6.0
Starting with vSphere 5.0, the service console (also called console OS or COS) with its associated Linux installation is no longer available. If you are currently using ESX service console commands, scripts, agents, or logs, this technical note helps you transition to an off-host implementation or to use the ESXi Shell in special cases.
The focus of this document is on ESXCLI commands and vicfg- commands. Commands in the DCLI command set, available in vSphere 6.0 and later, are initially for managing vCenter services and not for host management. These commands are not discussed in this document.