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      VMWare ESX Commands, Config Files and Useful System Folders

     

    The following commands, standard configuration files and system folders aim to provide an overview to assist with the setup, management and upgrade of VMWare ESX installations.

    The majority of these commands are based around VMWare ESX Server 3.0.x and VMWare ESX Server 3.5 / Virtual Center 2.5

    PLEASE NOTE: This page is currently under constructions and should be treated as a work in progress.

     

      Command List

     
    COMMAND
     
    DESCRIPTION
    esxtop
    -
    VMWare ESX equivalent of the top command common to all Linux systems.
    esxcfg-advcfg
    -
    TBA
    esxcfg-auth
    -
    TBA
    esxcfg-boot
    -
    TBA
    esxcfg-dumppart
    -
    TBA
    esxcfg-firewall
    -
    Firewall configuration
    esxcfg-info
    -
    TBA
    esxcfg-init
    -
    TBA
    esxcfg-linuxnet
    -
    TBA
    esxcfg-module
    -
    TBA
    esxcfg-mpath
    -
    TBA
    esxcfg-nas -a -o <host> -s <share> [<label>]
    -
    Add a new NAS filesystem to /vmfs volumes, alternatively you can use -l to list all NAS filesystems and -d to delete a specifically mounted NAS filesystem.
    esxcfg-nics -l
    -
    Lists all physical network adapters and their various parameters, including PCI ID, Driver, Link Status, Speed, Duplex Status etc.
    esxcfg-pciid
    -
    TBA
    esxcfg-rescan <vmkernel SCSI adapter name>
    -
    Scans the supplied adapter for additional SCSI devices, required when adding additional storage or devices via the SCSI bus.
    esxcfg-resgrp
    -
    TBA
    esxcfg-route
    -
    TBA
    esxcfg-swiscsi
    -
    TBA
    esxcfg-upgrade
    -
    TBA
    esxcfg-vmhbadevs
    -
    Prints the mappings between vmhba names and /dev names
    esxcfg-vmknic
    -
    Configuration utility for all vmkernal nic interfaces
    esxcfg-vswif
    -
    Configuration utility for all virtual nic interfaces
    esxcfg-vswitch
    -
    Configuration utility for all virtual switches
    esxupdate -n -r <url>
    -
    Provides the ability to update VMware ESX from the repository <url> with the option to not reboot after completion of installation
    service --status-all
    -
    Full status listing of all configured services on your VMware ESX system
    service mgmt-vmware [stop|start|restart]
    -
    ABC


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      Configuration Files
     
    CONFIG FILE
     
    DESCRIPTION
    /etc/vmware/esx.conf
    -
    VMWare ESX main configuration file
    /etc/vmware/vmware.lic
    -
    VMWare License File (plain text).

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      Log Files
     
    LOG FILE
     
    DESCRIPTION
    /var/log/vmware/esxcfg-boot.log
    -
    TBA
    /var/log/vmware/esxcfg-firewall.log
    -
    Full logging of all iptables firewall commands carried about by the system using the esxcfg-firewall command (see above).
    /var/log/vmware/esxcfg-upgrade.log
    -
    TBA
    /var/log/vmware/esxupdate.log
    -
    ESX Update tool log file
    /var/log/vmware/hostd.log
    -
    TBA
    /var/log/vmware/vmfsqueuetool.log
    -
    TBA
    /var/log/vmware/webAccess/*.log
    -
    VMware Administration Web Access logs

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      Standard Directories
     
    DIRECTORY
     
    DESCRIPTION
    /vmfs/volumes
    -
    This is the mounting point for all VM File Systems to be mounted (be it local/internal disk, SAN, NAS, or iSCSI)
    /vmimages
    -
    This is where the Floppy Disk images and VMWare Tools are located, its also a convenient location to store your ISO's

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