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VMware® ESXi: Planning, Implementation, and Security by Dave Mishchenko

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Chapter 8. Scripting and Automation with the vCLI

When VMware first released ESXi 3.5, the Remote Command Line Interface (RCLI) was also introduced to provide a replacement mechanism for administrators accustomed to using the Service Console on ESX. Significant improvements have been made in the last two releases of this interface, and with the release of vSphere the RCLI was renamed to the vSphere Command Line Interface (vCLI). The vCLI is available for both Linux and Windows.

VMware also created a virtual appliance called the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA). The vMA includes the vCLI and adds the vi-fastpass authentication component and the vi-logger component. The vi-fastpass component eliminates the need to supply credentials when executing ...

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