Managing ESXi from FreeBSD...

Peter Harrison peter.piggybox at
Mon Jan 24 17:04:40 UTC 2011


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?



-original message-
Subject: Re: Managing ESXi from FreeBSD...
From: Kevin Wilcox <kevin.wilcox at>
Date: 23/01/2011 22:46

On 23 January 2011 17:41, Peter Harrison <peter.piggybox at> wrote:

> 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 console,
they're going GUI/Windows-management only.


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