The Getting Started with vSphere Command-Line Interfaces documentation explains how to use the VMware vSphere® Command-Line Interface (vCLI) and includes command overviews and examples.
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This book is for experienced Windows or Linux system administrators who are familiar with vSphere administration tasks and datacenter operations and know how to use commands in scripts.
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The vSphere Command-Line Interface Reference, available in the vSphere Documentation Center, includes reference information for vicfg- commands and ESXCLI commands.
Getting Started with vSphere Command-Line Interfaces includes information about available CLIs, enabling the ESXi Shell, and installing and running vCLI commands. An appendix supplies the ESXCLI namespace and command hierarchies.
Command-Line Management of vSphere 5.0 for Service Console Users is for customers who currently use the ESX Service Console.
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 documentation includes an Installation Guide, a Programming Guide, and a reference to the vSphere SDK for Perl Utility Applications.
Background information for the tasks discussed in this manual is available in the vSphere documentation set. The vSphere documentation consists of the combined vCenter Server and ESXi documentation and includes information about managing storage, networking virtual machines, and more.
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