I would like to do basic troubleshooting with ESXIShell/CLI etc and also use ESXTOP as I am not aware how to use them
I need a complete simple basic tutorial/guide  from how to install, configure and use them with examples
We have vsphere5.5 in the environment

Will appreciate your help. Thanks
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
ESXTOP is installed by default on ESXi, it's a performance monitoring tool.

my EE Article explains, and links to documents on how to use ESXTOP

HOW TO:  Performance Monitor vSphere 4.x or 5.0

ESXi shell, and CLI - do you mean vCLI and PowerCLI are scripting tools, which report information.

I would recommend using the following, also VMware recommends the use of PowerCLI, which is PowerShell interface with vSphere-specific additions.


One of the simplest PowerCLI examples, and something which is actually extremely useful on its own, is the Get-VM cmdlet. Which lists VMs.

PowerCLI can be a bit overwhelming to use,  But it can be enhanced with a nice toolset and a library of preconfigured scripts to jump-start your mass changes, which is possible with PowerGUI



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However, VMware maintains, that you can obtain all the information you need from the GUI, and only need to access the Shell, if told do so by VMware Support.

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cgeorgeisaacAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your prompt reply. I am in the process of downloading and installing a few from the links your provided and they seem to be very helpful.
I basically wanted to get a good grip on the troubleshooting methods for vsphere in a Windows environment. I am not a fan of Linux.   Are there any documented trouble shooting steps/methods in general available too?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
To be honest with you, the vSphere Client for WIndows or Web Client will give you the information.

otherwise, it would involve logging onto the console or remotely via SSH, and he use of Linux commands.

see here



cgeorgeisaacAuthor Commented:
Yes that worked. Thanks.
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