Using the vSphere Command-Line Interface
The vCLI command set includes vicfg- commands and ESXCLI commands. The ESXCLI commands included in the vCLI package are equivalent to the ESXCLI commands available on the ESXi Shell. The vicfg- command set is similar to the deprecated esxcfg- command set in the ESXi Shell.
You can run vCLI commands from a Windows or Linux system, or use vMA.
After you have installed the vCLI package you can run the commands in the set against ESXi hosts. You must specify connection parameters when you run a vCLI command. See Using the vSphere Command-Line Interface.