A good amount of ESX admins ask on dialy basis how to change the VMware ESX Service Console Vlan using command line. As I decided to save time by writing the steps for these kind of questions to send it to others when asked. I will document these commands in here:
First of all check which vSwitch the Service Console is on (and the name of the Service Console) with esxcfg-vswitch -l (Note: The default service Console switch is vSwitch0 & default name is “Service Console”.)
To set a vlan id on the service console use:
esxcfg-vswitch vSwitch0 -v X -p “Service Console” (Replace X with the desired VLAN number)
To remove the vlan id completely, you will need to set it to 0 using the following command:
esxcfg-vswitch vSwitch0 -v 0 -p “Service Console”
Please note both commands above had assumed the name of your service console & switch are “Service Console” & vSwitch0 as they more probably are as these are the default values. If you have changed them, please replace these with your values.
I hope this tip will help many of you out there. If I had gave you the link to fix your problem as a friend or a customer, then I hope it save you the cost of an engineer trip to your place :). Please leave your feedback & comments as these are highly appreciated :).