Managing ESXi 5 VM from the command line

I only have one physical machine and my vSphere client is installed on a Windows XP virtual machine. If, for some reason, that VM is not usable, I need a way to manage my VM from the ESXi. Here’s a few reminders on commands to use to manage VM from the VMware ESXi v5 command line.

Every command is used from the ESXi itself, via a remote SSH connexion. Those could also be run from a distant machine where the vSphere Command-Line Interface (vCLI) has been installed.

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Mac OS X Lion on vSphere ESXi 5

I find my MacBook Pro mid-2009 quite slow when rendering my personal H.264. I would like to see if the Sandy Bridge Core i5 2500T in my hypervisor does a better job. So I installed Mac OS X Lion as a virtual machine on my ESXi v5.

I’m not sure about licensing… Purchasing Lion for App Store for your Mac, you seem to have the right to install it on every Mac you own… My Hypervisor is not a Mac… But I bought Lion… Anyway, here’s a simple way to install Mac OS X Lion in ESXi 5.

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Monitor VMware vSphere from FreeBSD using the Perl SDK

VMware provides a CLI and a Perl SDK that allows managing and monitoring vSphere and ESXi environment from Windows and Linux. The Perl SDK is also available in the FreeBSD ports tree.

Here’s how to install and, basically, use the VMware Perl SDK on FreeBSD.

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VMware vSphere 5 pricing cheat sheet

With the new vSphere 5 version, VMware has modified their licensing options. Previously, the restrictions were set on physical CPU and CPU cores numbers but not really on RAM capacity (limits were quite high). Since v5, the restrictions apply to the physical CPU number (no matter how much cores and threads they have) and provisioned RAM (vRAM).

This article will sum’up the VMware vSphere 5 licensing methods, as far as I understood them.
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