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Machine in read-only mode, do I really need to restart?

In a combination of SAN controller failover and loss of power, several of our machines ended up in read-only mode. After restoring from the failover, I restarted all machines. This got me thinking if ...
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How to recreate a vmx file?

As the title says does anyone know how to create a lost vmx file? The files in which we still have are the associated VMDKs and the log file
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Invalid device backing in VM settings

I am trying to figure out how the prior admins managed to get some guest network adapters into an "invalid device backing" state. According to a support article ...
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How do I activate my inactive datastore on the command line?

Have two volumes on a datastore on ESXi 5.1. On the GUI, one shows up greyed out and the word "(inactive)". The other doesn't show in the GUI at all. However, on the commandline: ~ # esxcli ...
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Possible MAC conflict in ESX

I have two virtual machines that are 10.1.1.10 and 10.1.1.20 in an ESX. I try to access theses machines by another network 192.168.1.0/24. The problem is that when I can ping one machine, I can not ...
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Secure a VMWare Image without Manual Password Entry

I stand before the following task: A VMWare "template" (based on SLES11) with custom software, that is to be distributed to some clients. They will receive a client specific copy of the template and ...
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Slow Network Transfer Through Linux Firewall VM

We have a RedHat 5.8 VM running on ESX on top of Cisco UCS that is acting as a firewall using iptables. The box has multiple nics, one nic serves as the gateway to our network with the other nics ...
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How to Shrink a Volume on Equallogic SAN

I extended a disk on a DB server (so we could temporarily restore a database) and I would like to shrink the volume back down now that the data has been deleted. I deleted the data and shrank the ...
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VMware ESX/i syslog content

I am working on an expansion of our monitoring footprint, and we are currently looking at including data from our visualized environment. As our monitoring license is based on logged volumes, and we ...
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Increased number of cores from 2 to 4 on VMWare VM; Windows reports “two processors”

I had a VM with two cores. I powered it down and changed the settings to four cores. Here's what I see: System (right-click on My Computer > Properties) reports "(2 processors)" Task Manager shows ...
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How do I expand a VMware Thick Provisioned Eager Zeroed drive?

I have a drive that is VMWare Thick Provisioned with a format of Thick Provisioned Eager Zero. I need to expand this drive by 10Gb, but unlike Thick Provisioned Lazy zero, I can't expand that drive ...
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Using API to get info about VMWare datastore

I need to create a report of datastore capacity, provision and usage. What is the best tool to do that? Vcenter API seems more concerned with creating VMs and such. Is this the right tool for the ...
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High Load Average with modest CPU Utilization and almost no IO

The usual explanation for high load average with little cpu use under linux is too much IO (or more properly uninterruptable sleep). I have a service running on a cluster of 2-core VMs that exhibit ...
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Dataguard needed for onsite virtualization?

In moving both an Oracle DB and it's corresponding dataguard box both to a Virtual Environment, (Same site, same VM Infrastructure) Does it make sense to keep the dataguard setup? The VM ...
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MySQL High Availability with VMWare/DRBD/Heartbeat still common practice?

Is it still common practice to use a DRBD/Heartbeat solution for a high available MySQL Instance when the whole environment is virtualized (in our Case VMWare) Are there other/better solutions out ...
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Veeam/VMware - Creating a virtual lab folder/resource pool error

I am trying to create a virtual lab, but have an error with the host options. We have 2 production hosts and one host I'm using for testing. When I try create a virtual lab, I get and error under the ...
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esxi 5 web console modifications

I have been a bit perplexed by the whole "web console" for esx 5. I" I hope to add a few html pages and some python scripts server side to the "welcome page" so that I can have a self contained ...
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VCenter Upgrade Does not work

Task/Details We need to upgrade our Vcenter enviornment from v4.1.0 Build Number: 799345 to v4.1.0 Update 3 Build Number: 816786 Problem After backing up the database and the SSL certificates we ...
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Vmware 5.1 Essentials Host with Ubuntu VM - Should I Raid the Guest OS [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it necessary to have RAID in a virtual machine? I am in the processing of building up a new VM Host with Essentials 5.1. The server will house several guest OSes ...
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Under what circumstances could adding a CPU to an “underutilized” VMware vSphere 4.1 VM increase performance?

Scene: 16-core VMware ESX 4.1 host. Presume that the host is not over loaded in any single resource at all. Storage latencies are very low, total memory utilization is below the physical ram amount, ...
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vSwitch configuration with 12 uplinks

I have been doing a lot of research on vSwitch configurations, but I think I am more confused now after all of the reading that I have done. So here is my situation 3 ESX Hosts (12 nics each), 1 ...
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Random servers in Citrix farm suddenly bluescreens (mostly 0x0000008e and 0x0000007e)

I'm responsible for a Citrix Presentation Server 4.5 farm. Starting Friday 30. November, my servers started to crash randomly. So far we've experienced 80 crashes, so it's obviously becoming an ...
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VMWare Host Not Responding - VMs are Disconnected (ESXi 3.5)

I have inherited a VMWare environement ESX v3i 3.5. I am not fluent with VMWare ESXi so bare with me. Two days ago, when I opened Virtual Centre, one of the Hosts showed up as Not Responding. The ...
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vCenter 5.1 — adding v5.0 host doesn't bring in templates

I just set up a vSphere / vCenter 5.1 installation. I added two older hosts (v5.0) to this installation. I just noticed that while all VMs have been added to the inventory, none of the templates ...
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Potential VMWare 5.1 Fault Tolerance bug/issue?

Background / Setup I've got a fresh install of vCenter Server 5.1 and associated components. I've taken all steps (as far as I can tell) to enable FT, and it worked the first time (yanked a power ...
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vCenter Server: This host currently has no management network redundancy

Background I'm on a new VMWare install consisting of: 1 vCenter Server (containing inventory service, SSO, vCenter server, and web client server) 2 ESX Servers configured in a HA group Problem ...
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vCenter 5.1 SSO Configuration option not available in Web Client?

Problem I just finished separately installing vCenter Server 5.1. I installed the components separately but on the same machine using a local SQL 2008 R2 DB (not SQL express). Everything appears to ...
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Steps after installing vCenter Server?

I'm working with: Two new ESX servers that I'm configuring A new Server 2008 R2 machine that I'm using for vCenter. I took the following steps: Installed the Hypervisor on the 2 ESX machines ...
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SAN as a service vSphere SIOC

I have a rather unusual predicament. Data centre provided SAN as a service which sounded good at the time :(. I am running ESX 4.1 across multiple hosts. I am getting alerted quite regularly about ...
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MSMQ Resilience

I have a requirement for a resilient MSMQ setup on VMWare ESX5. I am aware that we cannot allow the queue storage to be shared as it must be installed on physical disk mount, e.g. it cant be an CIFS ...
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vlans broadcast works but ping doesn't

i have a server with ESX5, have a Standar Switch(vswitch1) with one physical NIC attached, vswitch1 VLAN ID is set to All(4095) so it can see traffic on any VLAN, connected to vswitch1 i have 2 VM, ...
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esx5 debian VM vlan setup

i have a server with ESX5, have a switch with about 20 vlans, this is how setup the trunk port interface GigabitEthernet0/1/1 description ToOper port link-type trunk undo port trunk allow-pass ...
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connecting same VM to two vSwitches in VMware vSphere 5.1

I have installed VMWare ESXi 5.1 on a Whitebox recently to use it as a home lab, even though I have a very little knowledge about VMware ESXi and vSphere, but I found that it is most suitable ...
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Creating VMs (VMware) Automatically

We receive roughly 10 emails a day for new vm creations or take downs and I am wondering if its possible to create a webapp that would allow the customer to pick and choose what they need on this VM ...
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VMWare ESX 3.5 Input/Output Error

I'm using Vmware ESX Server3.5 for running our Server VMs. In one of our datastore, the partition is used 100% and Its stopping the VM to power on. /vmfs/volumes/504a6db7-97ab1f09-f958-0024818a4940 ...
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How do I put VMware guest drivers in the initrd?

I am trying to get a Red Hat 5.8 box booting via pxe. The box is a virtual machine on ESX5.0 it has a Paravirtual SCSI Controller and VMXNET3 network driver. Now these drivers do not come default in ...
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vCenter server with both academic and Federal licensing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing issue? Background We have two servers running VMWare Academic licensing and just purchased two more under Federal licensing. ...
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Idle VMware Guests Resource Consumption

I want to setup a number of guests with multiple CPUs (4) and at least 4Gb ram running Ubuntu Linux. These machines will mostly be idle, but from time to time their workload will require all their ...
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Where are iSCSI and volume information location on ESX 4.0?

Let me start by saying I am somewhat of a Vmware novice, I know just enought to manage and create servers at a basic level from the vSphere client. I have a VMWare server, ESX 4.0 connected over ...
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How to redirect a Hyper-V COM port named pipe to a file?

I would like to redirect the serial port output on RedHat 5.7 to some recordable or reviewable medium. The normal way to do this on a physical machine is to add the console parameters to the kernel ...
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ESX 3i Drive Assertion Fault on otherwise working system

The graphic (below) shows the fault I am seeing in VMWare Infrastructure Client, the drive0 light is also flashing. Not sure why, the other drive lights are green. Can't see any errors in the logs and ...
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Can I flash a PCI-E device's Firmware in a VM if the VM has exclusive IOMMU access?

I have a PCI-E Dell Perc 6/i RAID card that I'd like to flash with the latest firmware. Apparently I need either a Redhat / Centos OS or Windows in order to flash the firmware, but I have a ...
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iSCSI SAN Implementation with several ESXi hosts and two Equallogic SANs

I work for a small state college. We currently have 4 ESXi hosts (all made by Dell), 2 EqualLogic SANs (PS4000 and PS4100) and a bunch of old HP Procurve switches. The current setup is very far from ...
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VLAN issues between linux kernels 2.6 / 3.3 in an ESX / Cisco environment

I shall attempt to explain an issue I have encountered - I have a VM running on esx 4.1 with an interface connected to VLAN800 via an access port on a cisco 3750. It runs linux - kernel 2.6.24, and ...
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ESX 3.5 refuses to update

I have a set of ESX 3.5 servers in 2 different datacenters. One is DR, one is production. They are on the same vlan and so I can access any of them on the private network from my vCenter server. Last ...
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Since I migrated vCenter to 5.1, some vms are migrating again and again

Yesterday I upgraded my vCenter to the last version 5.1 and I had to reconnect the hosts (running esx 5.0, last patches) Since I migrated, 5 vms (always the same) are vMotionned from host to host and ...
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Virtual Windows Servers and Pagefile location [closed]

Considering that Windows makes heavy use of the pagefile even with huge amounts of RAM available, is it not best to have this pagefile on the fastest disk possible as close to the virtual systems as ...
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Is it possible to copy a (.ISO) file that lives on an NTFS file-system within a VMDK file to the datastore VMFS using ESX SSH terminal?

I have several .ISO DVD backup files stored on a virtualized Win2008 server. Is there a simple way to mount the NTFS partition stored in a VMDK file using the ESX SSH terminal so that I can copy it ...
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High availability virtual machines

I've been reading a lot about high availability virtualization, either via Hyper-V or VMWare. In that context, essentially high availability means that the VM is hosted by a cluster of physical ...
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Running Windows Server 2012 on vSphere 4.1

I know it's not supported, and won't be officially supported, but has anyone had success getting a Windows Server 2012 VM running on a vSphere 4.1 box? Thanks for the help.