BusyBox on Windows

Even if you haven’t heard about BusyBox, you may have used it. It runs in every ESXi, which doesn’t have a full OS as console like classic ESX. Still, you need an easy way to interact the hypervisor directly. So the ESXi includes a tiny console that uses BusyBox (reduced version) due to its small size.

The BusyBox has been ported to Windows as well. You can download the 600+K executable here. It’s really a simple exe file and you can place it anywhere.

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You can list the commands supported by just typing busybox from a command line. These are mainly Linux commands. To run any of them, just type them after busybox in the command line.

Optionally, you can use bash. Just type the following and you will get to the bash mode.

> busybox bash

This is more for fun than anything else. To have a full Linux look and feel environment, you can also try Cygwin.

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  1. Mikhail Stepura
    Posted December 21, 2011 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    Another option is Gow (https://github.com/bmatzelle/gow/wiki)

  2. Posted December 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Mikhail, just read the page and it looks pretty good. If Gow is “ultra light,” BusyBox for Windows is tiny. :-)

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