The vSphere Command-Line Interface (vSphere CLI) command set allows you to run common system administration commands against ESXi systems from any machine with network access to those systems. You can also run most vSphere CLI commands against a vCenter Server system and target any ESXi system that vCenter Server system manages. vSphere CLI includes the ESXCLI command set, vicfg- commands, and some other commands.

vCLI 6.0 and later includes DCLI (Datacenter CLI) commands that allow you to manage services presented by the vSphere Automation SDK interface. In the 6.0 release, DCLI is limited to new vCenter services.

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