Test port connectivity in VMware Virtual Appliances

When troubleshooting connectivity for VMware virtual appliances (for example Log Insight, vRealize Operations Manager, vRealize Orchestrator etc) it can be useful to have a simple way to test that ports are open. Especially in DMZ environments with firewall devices.

In the past I have been asked by VMware support to manually install netcat but I recently came across a VMware KB suggesting curl could be used. This is a simpler solution than installing additional software and while the KB references the vCenter server Appliance I have confirmed the curl is available in the vROps appliance as well.

https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2097039

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