Continuing from Part1 of new vSphere 4.1 CLI Utilities, here are few more:

1. vmkload_app64 is a 64bit version of the VMkernel application loader.

[root@esx4-1 bin]# /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmkload_app64 -h

Usage: vmkload_app [options]
–nocore|-n Disable core dump for this world
–enableDebug|-d Enable userworld debug wait after core
–break|-b [wid] Break a userworld into the debugger
(only specify world id when not creating
or connecting to a userworld)
–kill|-k Send signal ‘signum’ to a running userworld
(only works with vmx worlds)
–ouputCartelID|-o Output cartel ID and other info to
–setsid|-S Run vmkload_app in a new session
–workingdir|-w Use as userworld working directory (defaults to current)
–env|-v Add environment variable to
userWorldApp’s environment
–ipSocketType|-i Set the type for IPv4 sockets, where
is one of ‘proxied’, ‘vmktcp’, or ‘costcp’
–sched.group= Set scheduler group
–sched.cpu.units= Set units (mhz or pct) for cpu rates
–sched.cpu.min= Set minimum cpu rate
–sched.cpu.max= Set maximum cpu rate
–sched.cpu.minLimit= Set upper bound for minimum cpu rate
–sched.cpu.shares= Set cpu share allocation
–sched.cpu.affinity= Set affinity towards pcpus
–sched.mem.min= Set minimum memory allocation (MB)
–sched.mem.max= Set maximum memory allocation (MB)
–sched.mem.minLimit= Set upper bound for minimum memory growth (MB)
–sched.mem.shares= Set memory share allocation
–sched.swap.scope= Set swap scope (none, private, system)
–sched.swap.dir=[dir] Set directory for swap file
–sched.swap.file= Set swap file name
–sched.memSizeLimit= Set upper bound on address-space size (MB)
–help|-h This message

2. vmware-usbarbitrator is a utility for allowing VMs to connect to the host’s USB devices.
[root@esx4-1 bin]# /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-usbarbitrator

3. vprobed looks to be a utility for running the vProbe daemon.

[root@esx4-1 bin]# /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vprobed -h

Error: vprobed takes no arguments.
4. vmkiscsiadm was a pretty well known tool used to configure and troubleshoot iSCSI on ESX. However, it has been removed with the release of vSphere 4.1.

5. vmkiscsi-tool has been updated with some new options:

[root@esx4-1 ~]# /usr/sbin/vmkiscsi-tool -h
vmkiscsi-tool -h –help
-A –Authentication
-C –connection
-D –discovery
-E –session
-I –iSCSIname
-L –Lun
-M –MTU
-N –Network: network properties
-O –Associate: Associate/Disassociate route.
-P –Phba
-R –discoveryStatus : Print discovery status.
-S –static: Static Discovery Targets
-T –Target
-U –Route: Route table.
-V –Nic
-W –Parameter
-X –Reset
-Y –SetNicList
-c –ipconfig: enable/disable DHCP, ARP redirect
-d –dnsserver
-e –ethernet: Link Status
-g –gateway
-i –ipAddress
-k –Alias
-n –iSNS
-p –Pnp: Physical Network Portal properties (pnic)
-q –Lnp: Logical Network Portal properties (vmknic)
-s –subnetmask
-v –version
Subcommands
-l –list
-r –remove
-a –add
-m –authMethod : specify method for add/remove
-b –mutual CHAP
-j –persist changes
-y –per dynamic discovery
-x –per static discovery
-z –per network portal (binded vmknic)
-t –per target
-u –per isid(session)
-f –flag: set a discovery or authentication flag
adapterName
Combine -l with an option to display the current information.

6. vmkiscsi-test is a new iSCSI utility to test various components and provides a summary at the end with the checks that ran, failed and passed:

[root@esx4-1 ~]# /usr/sbin/vmkiscsi-test

CUnit – A Unit testing framework for C – Version 1.1-1
http://cunit.sourceforge.net/

Suite: general – General Tests
Test: IMA_NullParameters … passed
Test: IMA_VMW_NullParameters … passed
Test: IMA_BadOids … passed
Test: IMA_VMW_BadOids … passed
Suite: Info – Library and Plugin Tests
Test: IMA_GetLibraryProperties … passed
Test: IMA_GetPluginOidList … passed
Test: IMA_GetPluginProperties … passed
Suite: Adapter – Adapter Tests
Test: IMA_GetPhbaOidList … passed
Test: IMA_GetPhbaProperties … passed
Test: IMA_VMW_GetPhbaProperties … passed
Test: IMA_GetLhbaOidList … passed
Test: IMA_VMW_GetLhbaOidList … passed
Test: IMA_GetLhbaProperties … passed
Test: IMA_VMW_GetLhbaProperties … passed
Suite: Portals – Portals Tests
Test: IMA_GetNetworkPortalOidList … passed
Test: IMA_VMW_GetNetworkPortalOidList … passed
Test: IMA_GetPnpOidList … passed
Suite: Discovery – Discovery Tests
Test: IMA_GetDiscoveryProperties … passed
Test: IMA_SetIsnsDiscovery … passed
Test: IMA_SetSlpDiscovery … passed
Test: IMA_SetStaticDiscovery … passed
Test: IMA_SetSendTargetsDiscovery … passed
Test: Static Discovery … passed
Test: Dynamic Discovery … passed
Suite: Properties – Standard Properties Tests
Test: IMA_GetDataPduInOrderProperties … passed
Test: IMA_GetDataSequenceInOrderProperties … passed
Test: IMA_GetDefaultTime2RetainProperties … passed
Test: IMA_GetDefaultTime2WaitProperties … passed
Test: IMA_GetErrorRecoveryLevelProperties … passed
Test: IMA_GetFirstBurstLengthProperties … passed
Test: IMA_GetIFMarkerProperties … passed
Test: IMA_GetImmediateDataProperties … passed
Test: IMA_GetInitialR2TProperties … passed
Test: IMA_GetMaxBurstLengthProperties … passed
Test: IMA_GetMaxConnectionsProperties … passed
Test: IMA_GetMaxOutstandingR2TProperties … passed
Test: IMA_GetMaxRecvDataSegmentLengthProperties … passed
Test: IMA_GetOFMarkerProperties … passed
Suite: VMW Properties – VMware Properties Tests
Test: IMA_VMW_ArpRedirectProperties … passed
Test: IMA_VMW_MtuProperties … passed
Suite: Auth – Auth Tests
Test: IMA_GetInUseInitiatorAuthMethods … passed
Test: IMA_VMW_GetInUseInitiatorLocalAuthMethods … passed
Test: IMA_SetInitiatorAuthMethods … passed
Test: IMA_VMW_SetInitiatorLocalAuthMethods … passed
Test: IMA_GetInitiatorAuthParms … passed
Test: IMA_VMW_GetInitiatorAuthParms … passed
Test: IMA_SetInitiatorAuthParms … passed
Test: IMA_VMW_SetInitiatorAuthParms … passed
Test: IMA_VMW_GetMutualAuthParms … passed
Test: IMA_VMW_SetMutualAuthParms … passed
Test: IMA_GetLhbaMutualAuthParmsList … passed
Test: IMA_GetMutualLocalAuthParms … passed
Test: IMA_GetMutualLocalAuth … passed
Test: IMA_RemoveLhbaMutualAuthParms … passed
Test: IMA_AddLhbaMutualAuthParms … passed

–Run Summary: Type Total Ran Passed Failed
suites 8 8 n/a 0
tests 55 55 55 0
asserts 495 495 495 0
Asserts Skipped: 0
Tests Skipped: 0
Ignore Flags:

7. vmfs-support is a new shell script that uses vmkfstools -D and recursively dumps information about all files given a VMFS folder or file (This utility is only found on ESXi 4.1).

~ # ash /sbin/vmfs-support
Usage: vmfs-support /

~ # ash /sbin/vmfs-support /vmfs/volumes/iSCSI-1/

vmkfstools -D /vmfs/volumes/iSCSI-1/.fbb.sf
Lock [type 10c00001 offset 4294656 v 3, hb offset 3866624
gen 73, mode 0, owner 00000000-00000000-0000-000000000000 mtime 2656]
Addr <4, 0, 1>, gen 1, links 1, type sys, flags 0, uid 0, gid 0, mode 400
len 98304, nb 1 tbz 0, cow 0, zla 1, bs 1048576
vmkfstools -D /vmfs/volumes/iSCSI-1/.fdc.sf
Lock [type 10c00001 offset 4296704 v 1, hb offset 0
gen 0, mode 0, owner 00000000-00000000-0000-000000000000 mtime 16020]
Addr <4, 0, 2>, gen 1, links 1, type sys, flags 0, uid 0, gid 0, mode 400
len 31129600, nb 30 tbz 0, cow 0, zla 1, bs 1048576
vmkfstools -D /vmfs/volumes/iSCSI-1/.pbc.sf
…..
…..
…..

8.  The well known nc utility has been added to unsupported Busybox console of ESXi 4.1.

~ # /bin/nc
usage: nc [-46DdhklnrStUuvzC] [-i interval] [-p source_port]
[-s source_ip_address] [-T ToS] [-w timeout] [-X proxy_version]
[-x proxy_address[:port]] [hostname] [port[s]]

9. vdu is a new utility that provides disk utilization information, similar to that of UNIX/Linux du (This utility is only found on ESXi 4.1).

~ # /bin/vdu
For ‘./bin’:
tardisk SYS1: 28694376 ( 47 inodes)
tardisk SYS2: 135168 ( 18 inodes)
heap : 208 ( 16 inodes)
For ‘./etc’:
tardisk SYS1: 4630016 ( 220 inodes)
heap : 65184 ( 35 inodes)
tardisk SYS2: 10790 ( 22 inodes)
tardisk vpxa.vgz: 6144 ( 5 inodes)
tardisk aam.vgz: 4096 ( 2 inodes)
ramdisk MAINSYS: 65536 ( 4 inodes)
For ‘./lib’:
tardisk SYS1: 41208050 ( 146 inodes)
ramdisk MAINSYS: 16384 ( 1 inodes)
tardisk SYS2: 29168640 ( 95 inodes)
For ‘./lib64′:
tardisk SYS1: 6955539 ( 23 inodes)
For ‘./opt’:
tardisk SYS1: 0 ( 1 inodes)
tardisk vpxa.vgz: 44070912 ( 24 inodes)
tardisk aam.vgz: 12457984 ( 188 inodes)
For ‘./productLocker’:
tardisk SYS1: 24
For ‘./sbin’:
tardisk SYS1: 87665431 ( 145 inodes)
heap : 8192 ( 4 inodes)
ramdisk MAINSYS: 106496 ( 10 inodes)
tardisk SYS2: 151552 ( 3 inodes)
For ‘./tmp’:
heap : 34816 ( 33 inodes)
ramdisk updatestg: 8192 ( 1 inodes)
For ‘./usr’:
tardisk SYS1: 36028127 ( 381 inodes)
tardisk SYS2: 252928 ( 39 inodes)
ramdisk MAINSYS: 53248 ( 6 inodes)
heap : 23 ( 1 inodes)
For ‘./var’:
tardisk SYS1: 2137 ( 29 inodes)
tardisk SYS2: 28048896 ( 51 inodes)
ramdisk MAINSYS: 3850240 ( 56 inodes)
heap : 63758 ( 58 inodes)
ramdisk hostdstats: 2023424 ( 2 inodes)
tardisk vpxa.vgz: 0 ( 2 inodes)
For ‘./vmfs’:
tardisk SYS1: 6 ( 2 inodes)
For ‘./vmimages’:
tardisk SYS1: 47 ( 3 inodes)
For ‘./vmupgrade’:
tardisk SYS1: 19
For ‘./.ssh’:
heap : 2048 ( 2 inodes)
ramdisk MAINSYS: 8192 ( 1 inodes)
For ‘./.rnd’:
heap : 2048
For ‘./bootbank’:
heap : 50
For ‘./altbootbank’:
heap : 50
For ‘./store’:
heap : 50
For ‘./scratch’:
heap : 50
For ‘./locker’:
heap : 7
For ‘.’:
heap : 176484 ( 156 inodes)
tardisk SYS1: 205183772 ( 999 inodes)
tardisk SYS2: 57767974 ( 228 inodes)
tardisk vpxa.vgz: 44077056 ( 31 inodes)
tardisk aam.vgz: 12462080 ( 190 inodes)
ramdisk MAINSYS: 4100096 ( 78 inodes)
ramdisk updatestg: 8192 ( 1 inodes)
ramdisk hostdstats: 2023424 ( 2 inodes)

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