You can access the vCenter Server Appliance plug-ins and API commands from the appliance shell. You can use the plug-ins and commands for monitoring, troubleshooting, and configuring the appliance.
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You can use the Tab key to autocomplete API commands, plug-in names, and API parameters. Plug-in parameters do not support autocompletion.
- Access the appliance shell and log in.
- To get help about the plug-ins, run the
help pi listor the ? pi list command.
You receive a list with all the plug-ins in the appliance.
- To get help about the API commands, run the
help api listor the ? api list command.
You receive a list with all the API commands in the appliance.
- To get help about a particular API command, run the
help api api_nameor the
? api api_namecommand.
For example, to receive help about the com.vmware.appliance.version1.timesync.set command, run
help api timesync.setor
? api timesync.set.