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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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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.
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Remote Desktop Services In A Virtual VMWare Environment

I have a quick question regarding Microsoft Remote Desktop Services in a virtualized environment using VMWare. This environment will actually be hosted in a large data center with in a cloud that is ...
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Virtual Audio Cable not working on Windows Server 2008 R2

I have Virtual Audio Cable successfully installed on my Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 x64 virtual machine. It seem like driver works (new audio device in Device Manager group and VAC control panel works ...
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VMWare ESX installation on sata disk

I have a PC with Gigabyte H77 motherboard with Intel I5-3550 CPU 8 GB RAM 1600MHz and a 500GB Harddisk (7200RPM) - WD Sata III disk I wish to install esx on it and run some virtual machines on it. ...
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Cannot resize an ntfs (Windows Server 2k3r2) boot partition booting from gparted

I am trying to use gparted to make my ntfs system/boot partition larger. I expanded the disk in ESX, providing an extra 60 GB or so of free space. I confirmed that this free space is available in ...
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VMWare ESX 4.1 Deploy Linux from template and DO NOT customise

Having spent some time on a nice prebaked linux template, I'm somewhat disappointed to discover that when I clone this template and clearly choose to NOT customise, it gets customised. Specifically, ...
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Scaling out within a VMware host - add vCPUs or VMs?

We have an ASP.NET MVC site hosted on two VMware ESX hosts. Each host has two sockets with quad core CPUs (8 logical cores per host). We have two VMs on each host. Initially, only one vCPU was ...
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Replication with Veeam causes timeouts on large VM's

I have been trying to replicate two of my larger VM's one being Exchange 2003 and once the snapshot begins to commit the server begins to time out. I have updates my ESX hosts from 4.0.0 to 4.1 and ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 deathly slow in ESX 3.0.2

Can anyone suggest some tuning tips for running 2 small (1CPU,3GB RAM) Windows Server 2008 R2 VMs within ESX 3.0? The VMware tools install just fine, save the SVGA driver. I suspect that is the ...
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vmware esx4.1 virtual disk locked after failed snapshot creation

I have vmware vsphere 4 esx4.1. I have a virtual machine with centos6 64bit OS and 3 virtual disks (50GO system/ 250 GO user data / 250 GO backup) When I tried to take a snapshot of the VM, I got an ...
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Ballooning occuring on SQL server

From what I understand ballooning should occur only when the host begins to run out of physical memory, somewhere above 90% usage. I have an SQL server running in a three node cluster (64 GB RAM in ...
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VLAN ID 4095 for guest VLAN tagging

Just want to know if it's true that if you use the VLAN ID 4095 for guest VLAN tagging, then vMotion will not work correctly as there is nowhere to pass back the reverse arp to? So, the problem we ...
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Should I expect a great increase in Oracle performance in terms of handling multiple requests switching from single to dual core?

We have an Oracle database of roughly 100 GB that runs on top of a Windows Server 2k3R2 VM in ESX in a 1 socket, 1 core configuration. Whenever it has to handle a major query it seems to get "pegged" ...
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Where should CentOS users get /usr/share/virtio-win/drivers for virt-v2v?

I need to migrate a number of virtual machines from VMware ESX to CentOS 6 KVM hypervisors. Ultimately, I wrote an RPM spec file that solved my problem at ...
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Running KVM vms on top of vmware vms

Is it possible to run a KVM (not qemu) VM on top of a Linux VM running in VMWARE ESX 5? Are there specific settings for that? No care about poor performance.
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VMware ESXi 3.5 HP Proliant DL380 G4 reduce fan noise

I've set up VMware ESXi v3.5 on an HP Proliant DL380 G4, and I'd like a way to reduce the fan noise. Under Health status, I see the following: Is this normal? I've read about there being a Fan ...
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How can I get CentOS 5 to recognize an increase in drive space on my VM?

VMWare / CentOS 5.x My CentOS VM system was running low on space so a VMWare admin increased the storage space allocated to the VM. After powering off the system and restarting it, the OS is still ...
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IP Redirection with iptables and vsphere

I use ESX4.1 (vmware vsphere4) and I have one Public IP (X.X.X.X) in vswif0 and (192.168.1.1) in vswif1 and 2 virtual machines with local IP (192.168.1.2) and (192.168.1.3) I want to use iptables ...
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Adding ESX host through VPN based IP

We have many esx host in branch. To manage them, we using vsphere client for each of them. Brach office and head office is connected with VPN based IP. For each branch is connected with 1 Mbps ...