VMware ESX is an enterprise-level computer virtualization product offered by VMware, Inc.

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WANem doesn't boot after install

I'm using WANem live cd (based on knoppix) to perform network bandwidth tests. In order to keep the current configuration, I've installed it on hard disk (using the gui installation tool provided ...
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Does 'vim-cmd vmsvc/snapshot.create' create a functional backup of the guest?

If I create a snapshot with: 'vim-cmd vmsvc/snapshot.create' I can then transfer the file that creates to another system, or even to another vmware ESXi system. Setting aside the fact that ...
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How can I disable/suppress the warning I get for having SSH enabled on an ESX/ESXi host?

I administer a large number of ESXi hosts, and in order to do that efficiently, I pretty much need to have SSH allowed into the hosts at all times, as it's just far too burdensome to enable and ...
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Why don't people just use rsync to back up vmware guests?

If I am running a modern vmware ESXi system, I can drop in a statically linked rsync binary and rsync files to any destination over SSH. I'm trying to understand why most (all ?) backup of vmware ...
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How can I prevent the compromise of a Domain Controller on ESX stored in a unsecured location?

A client of ours has a DC that will be located in an insecure location. RODCs and separate domains/forests are not permitted by management. All the servers will be located on a VMWare ESX server. ...
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How to give ESX users view-only access to the vSphere console?

We have a bunch of users that have vSphere and have access the vms on ESX 5.0 server. I'd like to be able to give them access to the vSphere console so they can view what's happening but not interact ...
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Virtual MS Sql Server not consuming enough CPU [migrated]

We have a Win2008 server 32 bit running as a virtual machine under ESX server. It has 6 CPU cores of 2Gz each and 4GB ram. It's running MS Sql Server 2008 R2 only. Problem: The server is heavily ...
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Correlating %RDY in esxtop to CPU Usage in Guest

We recently upgrade a number of our VmWare hosts from 4.1 to 5.5 and noticed many of the VMs saw a step-wise jump in CPU usage as shown by the guest VM. We have not yet upgraded vmwaretools on any of ...
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Change Block Tracking settings not retained for a VM on VMWare 5.5

I'm trying to enable Change Block Tracking as per this VMWare KB article but the setting ctkEnabled is not being retained in the advanced options or being added to the vmx file. The setting ...
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How to determine VMware ESX server requirements for n VMs?

I am going to buy a high-end server for my department's daily usage. On this server, I am planning to launch 2 DB servers, 2 Application Servers and around 10 ordinary development PCs on the VMware ...
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Foreman and ESX Integration, docs and examples; rolling out VMs

We're seeking a scripted/automated solution to facilitate rollouts of VMs in a uniform manner. Since we use Puppet, Foreman is of interest. However, there doesn't appear to be documentation (yet?) ...
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Install rsync on VMware ESX 4.1 server

I have a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5.1 (Tikanga) VMware ESX 4.1 (Kandinsky), and my plan is to backup the files from the box to a NAS in another host. I have already resolve the ssh ...
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ESX Packet Loss

I'd like to test my software with some amount of packet loss. I see that I can do this with pfSense in the traffic shaping. But that's a lot of hassle to set up and create a couple of extra virtual ...
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Windows Server 2003 activity monitoring and reporting

I have BackupExec 2012 attempting to backup a Windows Server 2003 VMWare instance. I often get unable to quiesce error: "The virtual machine may be too busy to quiesce to take the snapshot." I've ...
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VMware ESX 3.x: How to connect two ESX server to a single VMFS datastore on SAN

I'm generally a networking guy but I'm trying to learn VMware. I'm running two ESX 3.x servers with virtual center. I know that it is possible to create redundancy or high availability by configuring ...
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Wrong IP address has been set to ESX server

I have an ESX server without direct console access (disabled). The server has wrong ip address (broadcast ip address) and I have no way to connect to it. How can I change this IP address or connect ...
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Esx 5.5 how to link vswitch1 with vswitch0?

I am not so good in virtual networking. The problem that I'm facing now is, I have 2 vswitches, vswitch1 and vswitch0. Vswitch0 has internet access and public ip. Vswitch1 has no adapter and has been ...
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Network issues vmware Dell R620 10Gbit

I'm trying to get two new Dell R620 servers up and running on 10Gbit interfaces. The servers were delivered with two PCI network-cards for 10Gbit. At the moment, the network cards installed and ...
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Why does Ruby on Rails run slowly on VMWare

We are experiencing slow performance of our Ruby on Rails application on a hosted server. Neither us nor our hosting provider have been able to accurately diagnose the reason for this. Indicators of ...
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Vmware 5.1 ESX linux host cpu keep climbing overtime

I have Debian lenny with php and mysql, in Vmware 5.1 ESX. Cpu keeps climbing over time. After about 50 days, cpu usage is 100% by apache and mysql but it is climbing day by day. If I restart these ...
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creating development environment with a button click

We create development and testing environments manually and its taking lot of manual effort and time now. We want to completely automate that like "click a button to create a development/testing ...
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Removing old “empty” Datastores that still contain .nvram/.dvsData files/folders

I have several old Datastores from which i moved all VMs via Storage vMotion to new Datastores. Now the VMs themself don't show any link to these old DSs anymore, but if you browse the DSs they still ...
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SQL server HA when running with PCI Flash device

I want to purchase a PCI based Flash storage device for our ESXi server hosting our SQL Server machine. We use SQL Server 2008 standard edition. storage is on Netapp via NFS. It is a VM (ESXi 5.1) ...
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pfSense on failover won't route with GW on a completely different subnet

I'm trying to install a pfSense with an IP failover (requirement from online.net) but I can't get the server to route the requests. Last time I got it working with the following commands: route ...
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vSphere ESX 5.5 hosts cannot connect to NFS Server

Summary: My problem is I cannot use the QNAP NFS Server as an NFS datastore from my ESX hosts despite the hosts being able to ping it. I'm utilising a vDS with LACP uplinks for all my network traffic ...
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Disk IO cutting out on Windows Server 2008 R2 running in VMWare

We've been trying to fix a problem with our server for about a week now. Only in the past few days have we really found out what the issue is. Just some information up front: We run a VM with a 3rd ...
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Scheduler spikes single core on SMP Ubuntu vm under ESXi

The setup is as follows. Ubuntu-11.10 VM running on an ESXi host. The VM has 3 vCPU assigned. When running dump (to backup the harddisk) it seems all the processes are assigned to the first vCPU. As ...
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Linux Cannot change tx-checksumming

On a Linux 3.2 kernel: Linux 3.2.0-4-686-pae #1 SMP Debian 3.2.46-1+deb7u1 i686 GNU/Linux on VmWare, i get checksum errors on ipv6 tcp packets. So I can ping6, but not connect by ipv6 to ssh, smtp, ...
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What's the best method to list all active NICs and IP addresses in a vSphere cluster?

I have ESXi 5.1 with many hosts in a cluster. I would like to generate a list of active NICs and thier IP addresses. Whats the easiest tool to generate such a list? *I am not looking for the Virtual ...
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How to secure certain files on a vmware based DAAS provider? [duplicate]

Most Desktop As A Service providers store their virtual hard drives in a way that allows them to access their contents. Of course choosing a provider who offers a 'no-knowledge of server' option ...
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Possible to install vmware tools 5.5 on Ubuntu 12.04?

According to this pdf, it should be possible to install vmware tools 5.5 for Ubuntu 5.5, but the kernel versions doesn't match for vmware-tools-esx-kmods-3.2.0-29-generic-pae and the latest Ubuntu ...
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Monitoring virtual host on ESX5 with Nagios [duplicate]

My question is how to monitor with Nagios, the performance and availiability (machine stopped) of several virtual hosts running in a ESX. All plugins I've found are for 3.x API, running commands or ...
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How shall I setup my ESX Server 3 partitions?

I have rebuilt my IBM x360 server. Now, I am reinstalling my VMware ESX Server 3 on it, and I have the following drive arrays: Array A is set of 3 36GB U160 (directly on server, channel 1 of my IBM ...
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Installing Vmware tools on a hypver v guest

I'm looking to migrate guests from Hyper-V over to Vmware. Within the steps, I would like to install vmware tools on the transfer while the guest is running on hyper-V. As expected, Vmware tools ...
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ESXi 5 VM Putty session hangs, vSphere client timing out

First of all I believe this is a ESXi issue but let me know if you have seen this. It started about a year ago when I noticed occasionally when I putty via SSH to my VM guests, if I do anything that ...
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EMC ESRS stops working when it is VMotioned

EMC is on site and told me: The ESRS SAN monitoring solution will cease to function if that host is VMotioned In case anyone doesn't know, the ESRS is a dial home solution that works over IP. ...
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Slow Write Speed on ESXi host

I have an ESXi 5.0 free host with an internal datastore of 7.2K 5 disk RAID 5 using a PERC 710 mini RAID controller in a Dell Poweredge R620 Server with 32GB Ram and a 12 Core Xeon. I seem to get ...
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vmware iscsi adapter not seeing LUNS

Have three virtually identical boxes. However one box after enabling the storage adapter and adding dynamic targets (where it actually sees the targets) after a rescan I still don't see the available ...
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vSphere 5.5 guests are consuming ALL host memory

I've never had this issue before, but when I was enabling fault tolerance, it seemed to break something and now my guests are consuming ALL of it's memory on the host. I know with fault tolerance, ...
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vCenter Cluster CPU utilisation data inaccurate

We have quite a reasonably sized vSphere 'estate', with 80% of our Windows/Linux servers virtualised, running across six Datacentres. One of my challenges is medium to long term capacity planning, ...
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Is there a way to copy a VM (including all snapshots) to an ESX server?

I'm trying to find a way to copy a VM with all snapshots to an ESX server. Up until now I've only been able to copy the actual status of the machine but havent been able to copy over the snapshots. ...
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VMWare BOOTMGR is missing in Windows Server 2008

One of our SQL server VMs (running in ESX) became completely unresponsive so it was Powered Off. I know, not exactly the best thing to do, but it's been done and since the VM was Powered On, we're ...
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Is it possible to add root ssh keys to /etc/ssh/keys-root/authorized_keys on ESX hosts without having to log into every box?

I have close to 70 ESX hosts that need to have the root SSH keys added to them. Is there a way to do this through vsphere or powercli, or will I have to manually SSH into each box and add the line to ...
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VMWare tools not installing with an error

VMWare tools not installing on Ubuntu 12.04. I'm using Chef to manage the installation, but the Apt commands fail if run manually. I'm using the VMWare tool Debian repo. Example: $ cat ...
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Add Zabbix S.M.A.R.T. monitor to ESXi 5

I have a ESXi 5.1 host with 3 Hard Disk (1 SSD, 2 Magnetic) and I want to monitor them, especially for the S.M.A.R.T Data, that is critical and preannunce an HDD break. Since I'm really unfamiliar ...
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VMware - Can a 1 vCPU VM use more than 1 physical core at the same time?

Assume I have a physical ESX host with ONE quad-core processor and hyper-threading disabled. This means it has a total of 4 physical cores or pCPUs. I create a single VM on this VMware host. I assign ...
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ESX, migrate hosts hardware to new hardware best practices

I have an ESX farm running the same 4 physical hosts (identical hardware) on vCenter 5.1. I received a bunch of 4 new physical servers with a newer hardware and I have to replace the old ones by ...
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VMware ESX: Unable to delete PortGroup. 1 active ports

At work we have an ESX 4.1 cluster with some vlan's (Port Groups) configured on a vswitch on each host. A lot of these port groups aren't in use anymore so we decided to clean them up. We don't have ...
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vmware vcenter 5.1 installation with FQDN error

I'm trying to install vCenter 5.1 on a windows 2012 dedicated (with SQL express standalone) During the installation of the Single Sign On module i've a warning "the fully qualified domain name cannot ...
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High Availability Solution for VM on local Storage

Hi I have the following setup for using vSphere with HA: My problem with this is the finding some kind of reasonable HA for the database server. The IOP requirements of the database server are very ...