Step 1 – Add the external log server
Go to Manage > System > Advanced Settings and locate Syslog.global.logHost and edit settings.
Add the following: udp://SERVER.domain.com:514
Step 2 – Configure Firewall rules to allow access to external syslog server.
Go to Host > Networking > Firewall Rules and locate syslog and edit settings:
Select Only allow connections from the following networks and enter the external syslog server.
ESXi 5.x and 6.0
List the inventory ID of the virtual machine with the command:
vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms | grep <vm name>
Note: The first column of the output shows the vmid.
Check the power state of the virtual machine with the command:
vim-cmd vmsvc/power.getstate <vmid>
Power-on the virtual machine with the command:
vim-cmd vmsvc/power.on <vmid>
ESX 4.0 and ESX 4.1
To list the path of all the virtual machines on the host:
Get the state of the virtual machine with the command:
vmware-cmd <path to the VMX file> getstate
Power on the virtual machine with the command:
vmware-cmd <path to the VMX file> start
- Run fdisk -l to see all the disks available to ESXi host.
- Run /dev/disks/ -l to find out VML ID, which will be used in the command to create RDM.
- Create a folder (i.e. RDMs) for mapping file(s) on the DataStore
- Create the mapping files with LSILogic controller using the following command
vmkfstools -r /vmfs/devices/disks/vml.01000000002020202020202020202020205733383132564439535431303030 RDM1.vmdk -a lsilogic
Two mapping files (RDM1.vmdk and RDM1-flat.vmdk) were created. (Note: file appears to your total disksize but it actually takes no space).
- Go to your VM and add the mapping file as a second disk. Select the option existing disk and point to the RDM1.vmdk file.
Enabling local shell access in direct console
- On ESXi host press the F2 button and log in with your credentials when prompted.
- In the list go on Troubleshooting Options and press Enter.
- Then choose Enable ESXi Shell and press Enter (On the right you will notice that ESXi Shell is Disabled changes to Enabled).
- To exit the menus and log out press ESC until you return to the main screen.
How to power on (or off) the VM (ESXi 5.x)
You need to know the id (VMID) of the VM you plan to turn on plus start up and shutdown commands
- Command to list the inventory ID of the VM
vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms | grep VM_NAME
- Check the VM state (Is it powered on?)
vim-cmd vmsvc/power.getstate VMID
- Power on the VM
vim-cmd vmsvc/power.on VMID
- Shutdown and power off the VM
vim-cmd vmsvc/power.shutdown VMID
vim-cmd vmsvc/power.off VMID
Source: VMware KB