B.3. Using the esxcfg-* Commands

In addition to the standard Linux commands I've covered so far, VMware has implemented a specific set of commands directed toward ESX-specific tasks. The following list of commands shows how to manage various components of the ESX host configuration. Again, the hash sign (#) represents the shell prompt.


Used to configure an ESX server host to support network-based authentication methods. One such authentication method would be Active Directory. When used to configure Active Directory authentication, this command uses the following parameters:

--enablead to configure Service Console for Active Directory authentication

--addomain to set the domain the Service Console will authenticate against

--addc ...

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