Installing VMWare vCLI

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The vCLI utilities make it possible to manage VMWare ESX servers (with the possibility of using vCenter). Eventhough Archlinux is not one of the "supported platforms"; the installation process is relatively straightforward.

Download location

The utilities can be downloaded from Registration is mandatory. It seems that registration is not enough to download latest release from this link. It gives "Download is not available."

5.1 can be downloaded from here:


vCLI has quite a few dependencies which can easily be managed via pacman:

pacman -S e2fsprogs openssl libxml2 perl libxml-perl perl-xml-sax perl-crypt-ssleay \ 
perl-archive-zip perl-html-parser perl-data-dump perl-soap-lite perl-uri \ 
perl-lwp-protocol-https perl-class-methodmaker perl-net-ssleay perl-xml-libxml


Unpack the archive:

tar xzvf VMware-vSphere-CLI-5*.tar.gz

Change to the newly created directory:

cd vmware-vsphere-cli-distrib/

Open the file with your favorite editor. Change the following rules:

my $installed_ssl_version = '1.0.0';   # rule 5248
my $ssleay_installed = 1;              # rule 5250
my $OpenSSL_installed = 1;             # rule 5256
my $LibXML2_installed = 1;             # rule 5257
my $OpenSSL_dev_installed = 1;         # rule 5258
my $e2fsprogs_installed = 1;           # rule 5261 
my $e2fsprogs_version = '1.42';        # rule 5262
my $install_rhel55_local = 1;          # rule 5266

The next step is to configure a ftp and http proxy. These values are mandatory, even when you're not using a proxy (in which case you leave the values in a blank state):

export ftp_proxy=""
export http_proxy=""

Fire up the installation:


Potential warnings about rpm and versions can be safely ignored.