In previous versions of ESX, the service console was one of the interfaces to ESX hosts. Many of the commands are now deprecated. The service console is typically used only in conjunction with a VMware technical support representative.

ESXi does not have a service console. Some service console commands are available for ESXi through the remote command-line interface.

The vSphere SDK is used for scripted manipulation of your vSphere instead. The vSphere Client is the primary interface to all nonscripted activities, including configuring, monitoring, and managing your virtual machines and resources.