The plug-ins in the vCenter Server Appliance provide you with access to various administrative tools. The plug-ins reside in the CLI itself. The plug-ins are standalone Linux or VMware utilities, which do not depend on any VMware service.

Table 1. Plug-Ins Available in the vCenter Server Appliance

Plug-In

Description

com.vmware.clear

A plug-in that you can use to clear the terminal screen.

com.vmware.cmsso-util

A plug-in that you use for orchestrating changes to PNID, Machine Certificate, unregistering a node from Component Manager, vCenter Single Sign-On, reconfiguring vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller, and repointing vCenter Server to an external Platform Services Controller.

com.vmware.dcli

vAPI based CLI client.

com.vmware.nslookup

A plug-in that you can use to query the Domain Name System (DNS) to obtain domain name or IP address mapping or for any other specific DNS record.

com.vmware.pgrep

A plug-in that you can use to search for all named processes.

com.vmware.pgtop

A plug-in that you can use to monitor the PostgreSQL database.

com.vmware.ping

A plug-in that you can use to ping a remote host. Accepts the same arguments as bin/ping.

com.vmware.ping6

A plug-in that you can use to ping a remote host. Accepts the same arguments as bin/ping6.

com.vmware.portaccess

A plug-in that you can use to troubleshoot the port access of a host.

com.vmware.ps

A plug-in that you can use to see statistics on running processes.

com.vmware.rvc

Ruby vSphere Console

com.vmware.service-control

A plug-in that you can use to manage VMware services.

com.vmware.shell

A plug-in that allows access to the appliance Bash shell.

com.vmware.showlog

A plug-in that you can use to browse the log files.

com.vmware.shutdown

A plug-in that you can use to restart or power off the appliance.

com.vmware.software-packages

A plug-in that you can use to update the software packages in the appliance.

com.vmware.support-bundle

A plug-in that you can use to create a bundle on the local file system and export it to a remote Linux system. If you use the plug-in with the stream command, the support bundle is not created on the local file system, but is directly exported to the remote Linux system.

com.vmware.top

A plug-in that displays process information. Accepts the same arguments as /usr/bin/top/.

com.vmware.tracepath

A plug-in that traces path to a network host. Accepts the same arguments as /sbin/tracepath.

com.vmware.tracepath6

A plug-in that traces path to a network host. Accepts the same arguments as /sbin/tracepath6.

com.vmware.updatemgr-util

A plug-in that you can use to configure VMware Update Manager.

com.vmware.vcenter-restore

A plug-in that you can use to restore vCenter Server.

com.vmware.vimtop

A plug-in that you can use to view a list of vSphere services and their resource use.