The VMware HCX Central CLI is used for diagnostic information collection and secure connections to the Service Mesh.

The Central CLI on VMware HCX allows you to run commands available centrally on the HCX Manager to view the run time state for HCX services. The Central CLI reduces troubleshooting time by providing centralized diagnostics and improves the security posture of the Service Mesh appliances by eliminating the need to run the SSH service on them. To use it, first you must activate the Central CLI on the VMware HCX Manager.


  1. Use VMRC or SSH to connect to the VMware HCX Manager shell.
  2. Switch user to root: su –.
  3. Type ccli.

    The VMware HCX Central CLI is now available.

  4. Begin using it by exploring the p command output.