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Mastering VMware vSphere™ 4 by Scott Lowe

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B.4. Using the vicfg-* Commands

The lack of a Service Console in ESXi has driven the development of a set of remote command-line utilities. In VMware vSphere, the vSphere Management Assistant provides a set of commands similar to the esxcfg-* commands but designed to work remotely with ESXi hosts. These commands are the vicfg-* commands.

vifp

Used to manipulate servers in FastPass. FastPass streamlines the authentication process when using vMA and remote commands. Some frequently used parameters include the following:

addserver followed by <host> to add a server to FastPass

listservers to list the servers current in FastPass

removeserver followed by <host> to remove a server from FastPass

Example: # vifp addserver esx01.vmwarelab.net

vifpinit ...

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