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Date:      Mon, 24 Jan 2011 17:09:13 +0000
From:      "Peter Harrison" <>
To:        krad <>
Subject:   Re: Managing ESXi from FreeBSD...
Message-ID:  <>

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Sorry for top posting - my phone makes it awkward.

Thanks - although I don't intend to admin this over the internet, just =
within my home network. Are there any pre-built appliances specifically to =
admin the host?

Thanks again,


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Subject: Re: Managing ESXi from FreeBSD...
From: krad <>
Date: 24/01/2011 10:22

On 23 January 2011 22:41, Peter Harrison <> =
> Hello list,
> I've just started messing around with my new Proliant. I've installed =
ESXi 4.1 and have a VM up and running with 8.2-RC2 using the (Windows only) =
vSphere client.
> 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?
> Any tips or suggestions gratefully receivied!
> TIA.
> Peter Harrison.
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There are command line tools for linux I believe, not sure if they
will work on freebsd though. However what I have done on my esx is
install a freebsd host, that has 2x virtual nics. One has a public ip
and the other goes into the vmware management lan. I then enabled ssh
on the esxi host. I can then get a shell and do all manner of
wonderful things 8). The freebsd box provided the security for the
esxi host by locking down access with pf and a limited number of =

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