To achieve #2 I can think of a few things, most are pretty hack-ish though:
1. You could use plink.exe or whatever automateable ssh client to login to the host and execute the script.
2. Use vifs to download the crontab from /var/spool/cron/crontabs/root, edit it to execute the script and upload it again
3. This is an unsupported VIB that adds arbitrary shell execution to esxcli:
'vifs' CLI is not meant to run on the ESXi Shell, it's a Perl script which requires the vSphere SDK for Perl or vCLI (vSphere CLI) which includes it. This is meant to run on a client side management system. Please refer to the documentation for more details
Thanks for the pointers. #2 looks apt for this scenario.
What is the right way to download the crontab?
vifs.pl --server 188.8.131.52 --get /var/spool/cron/crontabs/root c:\temp\cron_root
GET https://184.108.40.206/folder//var/spool/cron/crontabs/root unsuccessful : 404
Error: File can not be downloaded to c:\temp\cron_root.
Actually, you can forget about vifs for that. It seems to only supports files on datastores, not on the local host filesystem. Besides that was a rather hack-ish approach too.
plink.exe to execute a command via SSH seems to be the most appropriate way here.
Or do you mind telling us what exactly you're trying to achieve by running this script? Maybe it can be done in a more efficient and less hack-ish way through the APIs.
I want to find out the ssh private key length on the esxi server. The commands to do so are
openssl rsa -in /etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key -text -noout
ssh-keygen -lf /etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key
So the approach i am thinking of is
1. Uploading a script using vifs that writes the key length to a temp file.
2. Since we cannot execute shell commands, get the crontab, modify it to execute this script and put it back.
3. Download the temp file and check the key length
I looked up the vmware docs, there does not seem to be an easier way to do this. Please advice if I missed anything.
If that is all then you should just execute it remotely though SSH, there is no need to put a script locally:
On Windows with plink.exe:
plink.exe root@esxihost "ssh-keygen -lf /etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key"
# ssh root@esxihost <<< "ssh-keygen -lf /etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key"
Yes I am aware of the ssh option and it would have made life a lot easier. But we have this restriction of keeping ssh disabled.
Seems there is no other way of doing this apart from using ssh. Thanks for all your help MKguy.