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Unable to create symlink “/etc/pam.d/vmtoolsd” pointing to file “/usr/lib/vmware-tools/configurator/pam.d/vmtoolsd-x64”.

Written by r2d2. Posted in Linux

This Issue come from the Missing /etc/pam.d directory so to Solve is
Create it: mkdir /etc/pam.d


Before running VMware Tools for the first time, you need to configure it by
invoking the following command: “/usr/bin/vmware-config-tools.pl”. Do you want
this program to invoke the command for you now? [yes]

Unable to create symlink “/etc/pam.d/vmtoolsd” pointing to file
“/usr/lib/vmware-tools/configurator/pam.d/vmtoolsd-x64”.

Execution aborted.

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Using the ESX esxcli command to power off a virtual machine

Written by r2d2. Posted in ESX

Using the ESXi esxcli command to power off a virtual machine

The esxcli command can be used locally or remotely to power off a virtual machine running on ESXi 5.x or later. For more information, see the esxcli vm Commands section in the vSphere Command-Line Interface Reference.

  1. Open a console session where the esxcli tool is available, either in the ESXi Shell, the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA), or the location where the vSphere Command-Line Interface (vCLI) is installed.
  2. Get a list of running virtual machines, identified by World ID, UUID, Display Name, and path to the .vmx configuration file by running this command:esxcli vm process list
  3. Power off the virtual machine from the list by running this command:esxcli vm process kill --type= [soft,hard,force] --world-id= WorldNumber

    Notes:

    • Three power-off methods are available. Soft is the most graceful, hard performs an immediate shutdown, and force should be used as a last resort.
    • alternate power off command syntax is: esxcli vm process kill -t [ soft,hard,force] -w WorldNumber
  4. Repeat Step 2 and validate that the virtual machine is no longer running.
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