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

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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 ...
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Windows 2008 R2 Capi 2 errors

We have a couple of Windows 2008 SP2 servers running on a ESX 4.1 host. The problem is they have started to report are CAPI2 errors such as; Log Name: Microsoft-Windows-CAPI2/Operational ...
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Which Linux distro best suited for running various services on an ESX 3.5 Virtual Machine

I have inherited an few servers some of which could be made virtual, I am thinking of putting the print server, ppp, dhcp, web proxy programmes together on an virtual machine on an existing ESX ...
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VMWare ESX 4.1 - Upgrade from 2000 to 2003 R2 gives STOP Error 0X0000000A during “installing devices”

I am trying to upgrade a recently P2V'd server, but I get STOP Error 0X0000000A every time I try.. It always gets this STOP error when it is trying to install devices during the upgrade process. Any ...
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vCenter sent “ESX Host disconnected” notification, but host is fine and nothing in event log

Last night we received a notification from vCenter saying that it couldn't connect to the agent on one of our hosts, and that the "Host and Power status" was in error and the server was disconnected. ...
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ESX: Get VM uuid/name from within VM

Is there a way to get a VM's name or UUID from within the VM itself, for a VM that is running on a VMWare ESX server? If so, what is the way? My use case is: I'm cloning a bunch of VMs. A program ...
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SQL Server on VMWare - is transaction log corruption possible?

Scenario: SQL Server 2005 or 2008, Windows 2008 OS. Running in a VM hosted on VMWare ESX server. Is there any known issue with VMWare when it caches pass-through write request and it never reaches ...
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What network does a datastore (Esx 4) copy use?

First a brief description of my environment. I have 4 VMware ESX 4 clusters that I manage with one VC server. Each server has 6 NICs. 2 for iSCSI back to a EMC CX4, 2 for the Vm port groups and 2 for ...
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ESXi Connection issue

We have a server currently running VMware ESXi. The VMSphere client is having some issues connecting; giving the "Can not establish a secure connection" when clicking on Console as well as both lag ...
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Temporary VMWare SRM failover

I have a small SRM recovery plan for a few "core services" VMs on an EqualLogic unit replicating between two data centers. I'd like to perform some planned, temporary failovers to keep these VMs ...
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Is there a disadvantage to running nginx on a VM?

I plan on using nginx to host much of my static content with some minimal php. I'm going to have 2 servers for nginx, but that may be too much hardware for what I need. I'm thinking about dividing ...
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Can I give a virtual machine a unique ID which is accessible from inside the VM?

I want to be able uniquely identify my virtual machines from inside the virtual machine. The problem is that in my setup I cannot use the MAC address for that. Is it possible to configure another ...
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SQL2K8 Backups over an NFS mounted SAN

We have a SQL2K8 server with a 100GB+ database that mostly stores image BLOBS and it fails to backup to our SAN that is connected over NFS. The SQL2K8 server runs off our VMWare Host and it losses ...
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ColdFusion 9 Cluster on VMWare

We're running several VMWare VM's and we have a strange behavior with a ColdFusion 9 cluster. When the VMs are running on the same ESX, the sessions are shared between the different instances. When ...
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How can I FTP into an ESX Datastore?

I'd like to setup FTP access to my ESX datastore but am not sure what I need to do to get this setup.
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ESX shut down VMs when some but not all storage paths failed

I've been on hold now for an hour waiting for VMware support and am betting serverfault can beat them to the answer! I am running ESX 4.0 and 4.1 on 6 HP blades, using FibreChannel LUN storage. We ...
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How do I verify that my CentOS Guest on a VMWare ESX Host is Using the vmware tools network driver?

I can verify that vmware tools is running with /etc/init.d/vmware-tools status, but how can I verify that the vmware-tools network driver is being used by my CentOS guest? The host is VMWare ESX 4.1 ...
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VMWare Thick Provisioned and Thin Provisioned format

I am importing VMWare images to create new virtual machines. I always choose Thick Provisioned format because I doubt there could be performance hit if I use thick provisioned format. If I use thin ...
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Has anyone achieved true differential sync with rsync in ESXi?

Berate me later on the fact that I'm using the service console to do anything in ESXi... I've got a working rsync binary (v3.0.4) that I can use in ESXi 4.1U1. I tend to use rsync over cp when ...
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reporting on vmware usage

I want to be able to report on vmware server usage across a cluster of 30 vmware ESX hosts with about 350 VM instances. The kind of reporting i want to do is basic dept A used X amount of resource ...
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How to configure mirror/span port on vSwitch?

I have vSphere. And I need to config SPAN/mirror port on vSwitch. How can I do that?
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VMWare Esx Increasing Datastore size to 8MB (Easiest way to do?)

We're using Esx and we have a file server with 1TB of storage along with the regular 60GB HD for the OS. I installed a trial of Veeam and all our Backups work great except the File Server which fails ...
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Should be Vmware vCenter server high available?

We're thinking about getting the vmware suite (VMware vSphere 4.1 Essentials Plus Kit). What I would like to know, if the vCenter Server is critical for High Availability feature. 1) Is cluster ...
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FreeBSD guests running on ESX hang without panic log

We have three servers running on a same ESX host, all virtual disks are from a remote SAN storage controller. These tree servers hanged and restarted several days ago, and it happened to the DB server ...
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Degraded disk IO performance on ESX 4.1 over time

I am running VMWare ESX 4.1.0, 260247 on an intel DX58SO motherboard with a HighPoint 4310 raid controller. The server has 2 velociraptor drives in RAID 1 and 2x WD black 2TB drives in RAID 1 as ...
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HA with VMware ESX

Before I jump into an installation, please, do I need vCenter server for HighAvailability feature or just 2 vSphere ESX would do it ? How is the heartbeat done? Through some heartbeat storage as it ...
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esx 4 vmfs3 RAID REBUILD

I have a ESX 4.1 Server with a storage on RAID 60. After the rebuilding of the RAID the vmdk-files are not working in my VM. On starting VM i have this error Cannot open the disk ...
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VMware ESX virtual machine, Windows 2008 Server R2, memory full but process total nowhere near?

We have set up a TFS 2010 server on a Windows 2008 R2 server, and it has recently started to time out and give long operation timings. When I log on to the machine I can see that task manager ...
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PowerCLI: Run commands in virtual-machine

We have several view-desktops and I need a script to be performed once on all desktops. Sadly, WMI is disabled. These desktop are all running Windows XP SP3 I thought I read about the possibility to ...
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Does MSSQL 2000 run in VMWare ESX?

Does MSSQL 2000 run in VMware ESX? We are planning on going into a virtualized environment and are wondering if main production database will run in VMware ESX. We cannot upgrade the SQL version.
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VMWare vSphere and the move from ESX to ESXi

I was working on a standalone ESX 3.5 system last night in order to upgrade to vSphere 4.1u1. I realized that the full ESX download had been deemphasized on the VMWare website. While I've known that ...
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Can sql server scalable shared databases work with a vmware (ESX server) shared disc?

I've recently found out about sql server scalable shared database technology and I'd like to test it out in a vmware environment. Our production environment is SAN based but we don't have a test ...
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vmfs partition size

After attaching a ISCSI target to ESXi 4.1 U1, we saw that ESXi created a 740,25 GB partition onto the LUN, even though the device has 2,7 TB capacity. Why did ESXi not create a bigger vmfs partition? ...
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How to get FusionIO card to be recognized by VMware ESXi?

I am working on a new IBM Bladecenter setup with a few blades that have the 320GB FusionIO cards. I have high hopes that they will be super speedy for a few VMs running Oracle or some sort of ...
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What file system to choose and mount options to use for serving a datastore to remote ESX server via NFS and ISCSI

I'm creating a shared storage server for ESX servers. The storage server is 2U Supermicro 24-bay rackmount server with 12x32GB Intel X25-e SSDs and 12x600GB Toshiba 10k SAS drives. Both SSDs and SAS ...
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Possible to install SVGAII drivers on ESX3.5, build 64607 for Windows2k8 R2?

I have ESX3.5, without any of the updates. I installed Windows 2008 R2 SP1 and then installed VMWare tools which defaulted to the standard VGA driver. Graphics performance is horrible. I go to update ...
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Increasing a drive capacity in ESX3.5 not working?

I'm trying to extend a drive in ESX3.5. This is an NTFS volume that serves as a primary boot for Windows 2003, but that shouldn't matter. Here's what I do within VMWare Infrastructure: Right-click ...
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How to set up FCoE target under Ubuntu?

We have: Ubuntu 10.04.2 LTS installed MegaRAID controller with 2 virtual RAID10 drives. 2x 10GbE dual port adapters (Supermicro AOC-STGN-I2S aka Intel 82599) We need to make those Megaraid drives ...
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VMware ESXi vSphere Client to administer multiple EXSi servers

I've got two servers running VMware ESXi, 10.0.0.4 and 10.0.0.6. At the moment when I'm using the vSphere Client to administer them I only log into one of those servers at a time. So if I want to ...
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Is there any REAL advantage of using vStorage API for VMware backups?

I have a piece backup software that supports two options for backing up VMware virtual machine - one is just backing up VM's files (taking a snapshot first) and the other using vStorage API. First ...
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Is there a standard way to benchmark a Windows VM performance from within the guest OS?

We are seeing our software behaving unusually at one of customers where it is being run inside a Windows 2008 virtual machine. The host is VMWare ESX Server. The biggest issue I have seen is our ...
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ESX or ESXi as FCoE or ISCSI or NFS target?

Is is possible to set up ESXi or more expensive ESX server as a storage target (FCoE, ISCSI or NFS, in that order) for other ESX servers? If so, how?
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Can not download VMware ESXi 4.1 Update1 from VMware site? [closed]

I have an account and I can access the download page, but I think they have an error in the site! instead I'm getting directed to another ISO file (VMware-Tools) the MD5 is correct for the ...
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Is it possible to manage ESX servers from Linux?

VMware vSphere Client can not run in wine. Neither in Mono. What tools are you using to create, start/stop new VMs, connect on the console without VMware vSphere Client?
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Get a list of all managed VMs of an ESX through command-line?

Given the IP for an ESX machine I need to be able to retrieve a list of all of it's registered VMs. I did some scouring around the web and I saw a few vaguely related issues. Solutions ranged from ...
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deploy a VMWare ESX ofv template directly from a local datastore

I have an ovf template sitting on an esx's local datastore and am looking to deploy it to that same data store. can I do this directly?