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

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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 ...
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ESXi Server with 12 physical cores maxed out with only 8 cores assigned in virtual machines

I have an ESXi 5 server running on a 2-processor, 12-core system with hyperthreading enabled. So: 12 physical cores, 24 logical ones. On this server are 4 Windows 7 VMs, each configured for 2 ...
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How to measure IOps one virtual machine on VMWare ESX?

How should I measure IOPS generated by a single Virtual Machine in VMWare ESX? Also what would be a normal amount of IOPS for a Windows XP virtual machine?
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Can the stand alone VMware vCenter converter run locally and save to a windows file share on another machine

I need to backup a server before it is wiped for a new instalation of Windows 2008. We will be implementing vmware in the near future, so I thought I would just p2v the server. I have a share created ...
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Hidden and best new features in VMWare ESXi/vSphere 5 [closed]

I am relatively new to VMWare and I am completely new to ESXi 5, which is what we now run in our production environment. I couldn't help but toy and peek around in the Host and Cluster settings to ...
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VMware ESX 5.0 blocking DHCPv6 solicitations in vSwitches?

We have a network on which we're setting up a test IPv6 deployment. Here's the layout: Win2008R2 DHCP VM and Debian Squeeze radvd VM -> vSphere 5.0 vSwitch -(Trunk)-> Catalyst 2960G -(Trunk)-> ...
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Virtual machine lost after power cut

We have just had a power issue and our ESX (ESXi 4.1.0) host lost power and then rebooted. All but one of the virtual servers have rebooted with no problem, however one of them refused to power up. I ...
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vSphere Performance Graphs - 400x Interfaces?

All of the performance graphs across all hosts and guests in our vmware 4 infrastructure label network traffic on their performance tabs as "Transmitted for 4002", "Transmitted for 4001" etc. Where ...
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Is there another way of installing an operating system from an ISO File without using Datastore ISO file

I am trying to install a Windows 7 on an empty virtual machine with the VMware Infrastucture Client. Because I do not have the image on the Datastore, I am looking for an alternative. Is there ...
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Should Linux VM's in VMware/ESX have a swap partition?

On a VMware ESX setup what is the difference of these options?: a Linux VM with 1GB RAM and 1GB swap partition and the VM uses 1.5 GB ram a Linux VM with 1GB RAM and no swap partition and the VM ...
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VMware VM with more than 2TB of disk space

I'm a VCP 4 so I'm aware of the configuration maximums for LUNs/RDMs/VMDKs in vSphere 4, but say I want to create a VM that has a logical drive bigger than 2TBs. The only ways I can think of doing ...
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How can I troubleshoot inaccessible NFS datastores in ESXi 5?

I've been having some trouble with my virtual machines the last few days. When i fire up vSphere the NFS datastores intermittently appear offline / inaccessible. The NFS shares are on my Windows Home ...
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vmware esx 4.1 cant see existing SAN storage

I have 3 esx 4.1 hosts connected to HP EVA 4400 StorageWork. All host can see 6 datastore, LUN1 to LUN6, 1TB for each datastore. Recently I add another esx 4.1 host but unfortunately this now host ...
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Is it ok to team NIC's from different vendors together in VMware ESX?

I want to achieve the best performance with my two servers (SAN and ESX). I have good RAID (LSI, SASes), that is showing 1GB/s result, so the bottleneck now is network part since I have only two NICs ...
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VMWare SQL 2008 R2 Windows 7 High memory usage

I have a windows 7 64 bit installed in a VM which runs SQL Server 2008 R2 and IIS7. The server itself has 12 gigs of memory and is equipped with a dual core intel xeon @ 2.50 GHz. The problem (I am ...
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ESX + Sysprep.inf + Template= unhappy computername

I am trying to create a template in ESX that I can automate with PowerCLI. Everything works great so far, but because I have some specific settings, I had to create my own sysprep.inf. Now, the ...
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after remove snapshot, virtual machine got blue screen when boot up

My ESX 4.1 was running out of disk space so that I try to delete the snapshot, it seems that the snapshot was not remove completely so that the SBS2011STD-000005.vmdk still exist then I remove the ...
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What happens when a disk fails in LVM?

I am configuring a linux server on an ESX 4.1 host. This server needs to have several TBs of data stored on it. We are currently debating whether or not to use LVM. Our current reasoning is that is is ...
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Am I able to restore individual mailboxes/messages when backing up VMDK of Exchange 2010 on ESX with BackupExec?

We are running Exchange 2010 on a VMware infrastructure, and backing up with Backup Exec 2010 using ESX licenses. I was led to believe that even though we are backing up entire VM guest images, ...
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VMWARE V2V migration without shared storage

I would like to do the following: Take Physical box running w2k8r2 and Sql2008R2 and do a P2V on it to a 4.1 Enterprise licensed cluster. --no worries here, I can do that part-- Take the existing ...
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How can I setup vSphere so that VLAN tags are not stripped at the vSwitch?

I am trying to test a VLAN-related networking issue, so I thought that firing up a couple virtual machines would be the easiest and cleanest method to test the problem. On the vSphere server I ...
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Can VMware close for port 68 UDP for all clients?

A typical problem on networks is that someone setup a DHCP server by mistake, and the entire network goes down. Is it possible in VMware to close for port 68 UDP for all clients? That would ensure ...
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Is vSphere Web Client (Server) available on linux?

Is vSphere Web Client (Server) available on linux? Based on vSphere 5 Documentation Center it seems to me that only Windows platform is supported. It would be great not to run Windows in VirtualBox ...
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Can an ESX server under heavy load cause cpu spikes on guest VM's?

So we have a number of vm's running on an ESX 4.1 server for product testing. The ESX Server is at times under heavy load. We've been experiencing high CPU levels during some use cases, but we can't ...
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What vSphere data/reports would you like that you can't get now?

Bit of an open-ended question here sorry, hence why it's a CW, it's to help inform some toolset writers that I work with what direction to go with their new product, hope you don't mind. If you could ...
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Intermittent connection to ESX using VIX

My script (and vmrun) can't establish a reliable connection to an ESX server via VIX Lets say I execute the script 10 times consecutively. the script will fail at VMOpen() function call 6 out of 10 ...
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VMware Data Recovery always fails with error -3902

Setup Using vCenter and ESX 4.1, we installed VMware Data Recovery 2.0 using two appliances. Once appliance has a single 1TB (892GB free) destination on a mapped raw iSCSI LUN. The other appliance ...
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How many VMs can I run? [closed]

My setup up: Dell PowerEdge M610 (6 Blades) Three of these: 2 x Intel Xeon E5540 8 Physical cores 16 Logical cores 16 GB of RAM Three of these: 1 x Intel Xeon E5640 4 Physical cores 8 Logical ...
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Strange VMWare networking issue

i have an exchange test environment sitting on vmware. i have 2 mailbox servers, 2 CAS/HUB servers, and an AD server on a 2 physical host VMWare HA cluster. If I have all 5 servers on one host, ...
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Apache's htcacheclean doesn't scale: How to tame a huge Apache disk_cache?

We have an Apache setup with a huge disk_cache (>500.000 entries, >50 GB disk space used). The cache grows by 16 GB every day. My problem is that the cache seems to be growing nearly as fast as it's ...
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Citrix XenApp slowness on ESX 4

I need some help with a some CPU constraint issues( i think) diagnosis. I have a client with a Citrix Xenapp farm (5 desktop servers/9 Application servers) spread accross 12 ESX hosts running ESX4.0. ...
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freenas storage in esxi to host vm's?

I have previously set up freenas as vm inside esxi using raw disk access. I was wondering if would be possible/sensible to get freenas to serve iscsi targets to be used for other vm's on the same ...
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MPIO in a VSphere ESX 4.1 cluster with an Equallogic PS4000

I'm having an issue with a client of ours. We've set up Round-robin multipathing to their san from their ESX cluster, we have it configured so that two NICs on each host are added to a port group, ...
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Need to know how to change ip address and hostname after deploying OVF template

In ESX, I export OVF of my VM (configured as dhcp). Then In another ESX, I use "deploy OVF template" from file menu. My new VM appears working, except I could not change the IP address and hostname. ...
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VMware: OS choice on VM creation:

I'm using the vSphere client. When I create a new Virtual Machine I have a selection drop-down to choose the OS version. Except 32bit and 64bit version which I understand (because it's hardware ...
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ESX / vSphere Maximum Cores per CPU

What is the maximum number of physical cpu's (and more importantly, cores per cpu) that ESX 5 supports? Use Case: 1 Server with 2 Intel 8 core cpu's. Will all 16 cores be utilized?
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How should I filter my VMWare Logs? What should I search for? What should I exclude?

My VMWare logs are full of SSL errors and some other things that appear less than important. (e.g. SSL Errors from the admin console) What is the best way to extract valuable information from these ...
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parameters to check from guest if ESX host overloaded

I have access to Redhat linux 5.7 guests on vmware ESX (probably 4) hosts which I suspect is often overloaded ( CPU and IO ). I have no visibility on the ESX host which is managed by another company. ...
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How to change the Service Console subnet on an ESX cluster?

We have an existing VMware ESX 3.5 cluster (6 hosts, VI 2.5) and need to move the service consoles to a new subnet. We would like to do this without downtime for the VMs. In my previous experiments ...
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How to collect api the “CPU Ready” statistic for each VM on ESX on an OpenSolaris box

I'm on an OpenSolaris box and I want to monitor the VMs on an ESX box. VMware has a remote tool kit in perl for linux and a remote esxtop for LINUX, but is there a way to collect ESX statistics on a ...
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How to force commit a snapshot on vmware ESX virtual machine?

I have a virtual machine in ESX with snapshot; unfortunately when trying to commit the snapshots, vmware somehow lost track of the whole structure; the virtual machine got one week back, while on the ...
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Single-thread app 50% slower on VMware X5650 than physical E5450

Our application runs 50% slower on a Xeon X5650 under ESX than on a bare-metal E5450. A test task on the physical servers takes 17 minutes. The same task on the virtual servers takes 25 minutes: 50% ...
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How to deploy vmview from a single esx server

I am beginner in vmware and virualization and need some assistance. I have a good web server with 22 GB Ram memory and I need to deploy vmware view from this single host if it is possible. I need ...
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vmware esx create swap file within the esx host

i want to create a vmdk file within the the ESX host, currently it creates the vmdk (virtual disks) on the datastore which is mounted from SAN storage. my idea is to tell esx to use that vmdk so that ...
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How can I create a vmware disk with XEN?

I found that in XEN I can use vmware-disk images. But can I actually create such a disk with pure XEN-means? I want to create a server with XEN and move the corresponding disk later to VMWARE (in a ...
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limiting output of esxtop in batch mode

is there anyway to limit the output from esxtop in batch mode? I tried running it in batch mode and got 16,000 columns! I could filter this out post collection but at that kind of data volumn it seems ...
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Checking the current time on an ESX server from the vSphere client

What is the easiest way to check the current time on an ESX server from a machine which has the vSphere infrastructure client installed on it ? In other words, is there any way to get the current ...
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Risk when deploying virtualized production servers without in-house virtualization expertise?

I've been asked to evaluate moving three production servers to a virtualization platform. The servers currently run Windows Server 2003 with a mix of applications that, given a catastrophic failure, ...
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How to check if ESX hosts have enough RAM

I have noticed that some Linux based virtual machines become gradually slower until I reboot them. At first I suspected hacking and resource abusing but after several vm rebuilds from the scratch and ...