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

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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.
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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 https://github.com/fasrc/virtio-win/blob/...
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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 ...
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backing up vmware [closed]

I am not understanding the backing up of vm's to the cloud with out backing up the data there also, these vendors are proposing vmware in the cloud on the fly, does that make sense without the san ...
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Need to downgrade from an intel xeon 5675 [closed]

I'll skip my sob story and just say Oracle has weird licensing, and because of this I'm trying to see if I can avoid buying three new ESX host servers by downgrading from 12 cores (6 licensed ...
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Hardening Virtual Machine

I have a CentOS based product I'm looking to distribute it as a virtual machine (VMWare, XEN and KVM) and I have been lately assessing the steps needed to protect the VM. The VM's data shouldn't be ...
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VMware - persistent “Host memory status” alarm in vSphere

I have a particular VMWare ESX 4.1 host that has a very persistent "Host memory status" alarm. This is running on an HP ProLiant DL360 G7 server. The HP ILO and System Management agents don't know ...
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How to extend a Linux PV partition online after virtual disk growth

VMware allows to extend the size of a virtual disk online - when the VM is running. The next expected steps for Linux system are: extend the partition: delete and create a larger one with fdisk ...
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VMware - Broadcom 1000Gbps NIC does not link at 100Mbps to a Cisco switch port

Today we've stumbled on a very awkward situation with our VMWare Server. The server is with ESX 3.5 that has a 1Gbps NIC. We bought a brand new managed Cisco Linksys switch with 10/100Mbps interface ...
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Will vmotion work between two servers of different cpu cores/clockspeeds?

I have a set of hp servers that are HP dl380 E5620 G7s that are used as ESX 4.1 servers. I have them set up to do vmotion and to do fault tolerance. I've just received another set of servers, however ...
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cURL on ESXi 5.0?

How can I get cURL work on a ESXi 5.0 server? I know that cURL existed on previous versions of ESXi, for some reason there is no cURL in the latest ESXi. I'm trying to find a way to run a statically ...