VMware ESXi: A (incomplete) list of host commands Part 3


part 3 of my (incomplete) list of the esx cli.

ESXi Advanced Kernel Settings/Parameters

Get all

esxcli system settings advanced list

Set one, i.e. disable the shell respectively ssh warnings

esxcli system settings advanced set -o /UserVars/SuppressShellWarning -i 1

ESXi Kernel modules

List loaded kernel modules

vmkload_mod  -l

Get a list of all enabled kernel modules

esxcfg-module -q

Get parameters of a kernel modul, i.e. an Emulex FC HBA module

esxcfg-module -g lpfc820

lpfc820 enabled = 1 options = 'lpfc0_lun_queue_depth=8 lpfc1_lun_queue_depth=8 lpfc2_lun_queue_depth=8 lpfc3_lun_queue_depth=8'

Set kernel module parameters, also i.e. the Emulex FC HBA module

esxcfg-module -s "lpfc0_lun_queue_depth=8 lpfc1_lun_queue_depth=8 lpfc2_lun_queue_depth=8 lpfc3_lun_queue_depth=8" lpfc820

Get info of a module with all possible parameters and a description of each

esxcfg-module -i lpfc820


Get a list of all storage devices

esxcli storage filesystem list

Rename a datastore

vim-cmd hostsvc/datastore/rename OldName NewName

Get a list of all storage pathes

esxcli storage core path list

Get storage pathes for a specific drive

esxcli storage core path list -d naa.600000e00d11000000111a2400000000

Show Storage Array Type and Path selection policies of disk devices

esxcli storage nmp device list

Set Roundrobin(VMW_PSP_RR) path selection policy for a disk device, possible other policies are “Most recently used”:VMW_PSP_MRU or “Fixed”:VMW_PSP_FIXED

esxcli storage nmp device set -P VMW_PSP_RR -d naa.600000e00d11000000111a2400020000

Stat of the visorfs. Here you can find  is a detail description of the visorfs(Hypervisor Filesystem).


Usage of the visorfs


List all HBAs

esxcfg-scsidevs -a

List all HBAs with the corresponding WWNN and WWPN

esxcli storage san fc list

Reset a HBA and force an fabirc logon

esxcli storage san fc reset -A vmhba3

Host Services

Enable ESXi Shell

vim-cmd hostsvc/enable_esx_shell

Disable ESXi Shell

vim-cmd hostsvc/disable_esx_shell

Start ESXi Shell

vim-cmd hostsvc/start_esx_shell

Enable the ssh daemon

vim-cmd hostsvc/enable_ssh

Disable ssh daemon
vim-cmd hostsvc/disable_ssh

Start ssh daemon

vim-cmd hostsvc/start_ssh

Enter Maintainance mode

vim-cmd hostsvc/maintenance_mode_enter

Leave Maintanance Mode

vim-cmd hostsvc/maintenance_mode_exit


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