vSphere Command-Line Interface Concepts and Examples explains how to use the commands in the VMware vSphere® Command‐Line Interface (vCLI) and includes command overviews and examples.

This book is for experienced Windows or Linux system administrators who are familiar with vSphere administration tasks and data center operations and know how to use commands in scripts.

VMware Technical Publications provides a glossary of terms that might be unfamiliar to you. For definitions of terms as they are used in VMware technical documentation, go to http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs.

The documentation for vCLI is available in the vSphere Documentation Center and on the vCLI documentation page. Go to http://www.vmware.com/support/developer/vcli.

Getting Started with vSphere Command‐Line Interfaces includes information about available CLIs, enabling the ESXi Shell, as well as installing and running vCLI and DCLI commands.

vSphere Command‐Line Interface Reference is a reference to both ESXCLI commands and vicfg- commands. The vicfg- command help is generated from the POD available for each command, run pod2html for any vicfg- command to generate individual HTML files interactively. The ESXCLI reference information is generated from the ESXCLI help.

DCLI Reference is a reference to DCLI commands for managing vCenter services.

The documentation for PowerCLI is available in the vSphere Documentation Center and on the PowerCLI documentation page.

The vSphere SDK for Perl documentation explains how you can use the vSphere SDK for Perl and related utility applications to manage your vSphere environment.

The vSphere Management Assistant Guide explains how to install and use the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA). vMA is a virtual machine that includes vCLI and other prepackaged software.

Background information for the tasks discussed in this book is available in the vSphere documentation set. The vSphere documentation consists of the combined VMware vCenter Server and ESXi documentation.