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Date:      Mon, 24 Jan 2011 17:05:40 +0000
From:      "Peter Harrison" <>
To:        Kevin Wilcox <>
Subject:   Re: Managing ESXi from FreeBSD...
Message-ID:  <>

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Sorry for top posting - my phone makes it awkward.

I hadn't thought of running a Windows vm. Do you think that would work as a =
vm on the server with a connection via RDP?

Disappointing that the tools are so Windows-centric. Happy to consider Xen =
- is that harder to deploy though?



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Subject: Re: Managing ESXi from FreeBSD...
From: Kevin Wilcox <>
Date: 23/01/2011 22:46

On 23 January 2011 17:41, Peter Harrison <> =

> I don't want to be stuck using Windows to manage this machine though. =
What are my options for managing this machine and the VM's from my FreeBSD =
laptop? I've enable ssh access, but can I control all the VM's this way? Is =
there a command line or X-Windows option for remotely management?

I don't have SSH access to our ESX servers at work but I do have
vSphere access. I've found that the easiest thing for me to do is to
just keep a Windows VM via VirtualBox.

Sadly, it looks like XenServer has the same issue - the really nice
GUI is basically Windows only. At least Xen still has a rich CLI
option, my understanding is that as VMWare does away with the =
they're going GUI/Windows-management only.


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