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.


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.