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Use Posh-SSH instead of PuTTY

During the pre-Posh-SSH module times we often used the PuTTY Suite to run commands on our ESXi nodes.

With the arrival of the Posh-SSH module, there is no more need to use any of the PuTTY EXE.

Running a command on an ESXi node, provided SSH is running, is now as simple as:



    Jon Adams

    Hello. I am trying to SSH into, and then edit two files and restart a service in hundreds our ESXI hosts. Do you have any examples of doing that (with POSH-SSH, of course)?


      Once you have established a session, you can send commands (just as you would type them at the console prompt).

      For example, to restart the vCenter Agent, you could do

      SSHCommand -Command "/etc/init.d/vpxa restart" -Session $ssh

      To change files, I normally use the sed (streaming editor) command.
      It depends a bit on what exactly you want to do

      # Add a line (to the /etc/pam.d/password file)
      SSHCommand -Command "sed '$ a Your new line' /etc/pam.d/password" -Session $ssh

      # Replace a line
      SSHCommand -Command "sed -i 's/wordtofind/replacewithword/g' /path/to/file.txt" -Session $ssh

      # Replace a string in a line
      SSHCommand -Command "sed -e 's/oldtext/newtext/g' /etc/vmware/esx.conf.old > /etc/vmware/esx.conf" -Session $ssh

      A good document to learn more about the sed command is sed, a stream editor, which contains many examples


    I found this very late.. I was using plink and pscp for lot of scripts..

    Abraham Yunes

    This is pretty sweet, I didnt know this was a thing. I can finally get rid of this hacky plink calls.

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