The root user on the vCenter Server Appliance can run DCLI commands from the appliance shell.

The following options are available.

Use SSH to connect to the shell or log in to the shell directly as the root user.

You can run commands individually, or start the interactive DCLI shell. The interactive shell has several advantages including tab completion and a history file.

>dcli +interactive

You can list commands, display help for commands, and run commands. In the example below, the interactive shell uses the default dcli> prompt.

dcli> com vmware vcenter vm list