Would anyone care to share what they are using this command for?
I'm assuming many of you are parsing its output for various reasons, if you don't mind what info are you grabbing and what language are you using to parse the output?
Update: I suppose I should expound a bit. Originally esxcfg-info was just a debug tool to make sure that we were getting all the info from the VMkernel/Service Console. However it seems in the wild its being used for quite a bit more. I'm trying to get an idea of what people are using it for to see if there is anything I can do to facilitate those uses.
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If you pipe it to a file you now have a reference with all the settings and configuration
Actually it could be used for documenting your server
I won't give this to the customer (except the techies maybe) - the customer probably doesn't know how to deal with it
But it is a good starting point for a "customer compatible" full blown documentation.
I think I see sort of like a datasource to something like crystal reports. Then do you have a script that parses the output to generate parts of the report or are you filling those in by hand?
I think I see sort of like a datasource to something like crystal reports
Datasource to my favorite editor describes it better
Then do you have a script that parses the output to generate parts of the report or are you filling those in by hand?
Unfortunately this is a manual work (for now).
I always wanted to automate this but didn't had the time (or maybe the desire) to actually write the script - shame on me.
I've looked at your profile - are you asking because you might want to do this in esxinfo-cfg itself? \*hint*
It would be great if esxcfg-info would be capable of exporting the info to a CSV file. Then you could easily import it into your favorite editor (or any other application). \*hint*
Here's one thing I use it for...
How can I display what VLAN tags are configured on a physical switch that my ESX server connects to?
You can see this in the VI client by clicking on the Configuration tab, and then Network Adapters. If you hover the mouse over the "Networks" field of any row in the table and your upstream switch is configured with VLAN tags you will see a whole list of VLAN tags that have been sniffed off of the network.
A better more accurate way to do this via the Service Console is with the esxcfg-info command. The Vlans and networks are listed under the network hint for each adapter. You can type esxcfg-info -n | grep -E -i "_name|Hint" to see a list of all of the network hints for each adapter.
If you want to display what is configured on the ESX vSwitch side you can type esxcfg-vswitch l to display this.
I use it to obtain information about the host a script is running on, parse it through grep and awk and you can get loads of useful info for scripting. I use Perl but you could do it equally as well with shell.
Here's an example of where I've used it.
If you could set up different switches to just get the info about certain thing like "esxcfg-info -n" for say networking information ect
Yes that could be nice.
Just wanted to bump this thread and let you all know that 3.5 has some of the improvements to esxcfg-info.
*) More information about the system has been added.
*) The -F xml and -F perl output formats (sorry no CSV, didn't fit well with the data model). have been added. This may help out those of you trying to parse esxcfg-info. Just note that format is not set in stone and could change release to release.