vSphere CLI (vCLI)

VMware's vSphere CLI (vCLI) commands are used in a command line interface (CLI) when managing VMware ESX/ESXi infrastructures.

vSphere Command-Line Interface (vCLI) is a management tool for VMware users managing VMware ESX/ESXi infrastructures.

The vSphere CLI gives administrators more freedom to configure ESXi features than they have using vSphere tools. The vSphere CLI was formerly called the Remote CLI; it is not synonymous with vSphere PowerCLI.

See also: command line interface (CLI


This was first published in January 2013

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