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ESXi 4.0 - cannot copy files

I am unable to copy files or make directories on my installation of VMWare ESXi 4.0. I have done so in the past (copied an iso onto a datastore). But something has changed and I have no idea what. I ...
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Scheduler spikes single core on SMP Ubuntu vm under ESXi

The setup is as follows. Ubuntu-11.10 VM running on an ESXi host. The VM has 3 vCPU assigned. When running dump (to backup the harddisk) it seems all the processes are assigned to the first vCPU. As ...
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EMC ESRS stops working when it is VMotioned

EMC is on site and told me: The ESRS SAN monitoring solution will cease to function if that host is VMotioned In case anyone doesn't know, the ESRS is a dial home solution that works over IP. ...
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using vmkfstools to move a snapshot

I am trying to move a snapshot from an esxi 5.0 vm to another datastore, but when I tried to use the datastore tools I got the following error, "error caused by file" with a path to the vdmk file. So ...
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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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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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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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ESX Firewall Command Troubles

I am working on creating some firewall rules to stop some of the SSH brute-force attacks that we have seen recently on our ESX server hosts. I have tried the following rules from the CLI to first ...
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VLAN help on ESX 4/vSphere

I setup a new VLAN with ID 153 in vSphere for my ESX4 server. The VLAN is setup for virtual machines and then I added a new NIC to the VM I want to be able to access the VM. The NIC is added to VLAN ...
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how-to: ZFS design and cache tuning : ARC, ZIL

storage system in consideration from below h/w lying idle: 6 x 300GB 10K SAS; 2 X 146 GB 15K SAS; 12GB DDR2 RAM; Xeon CPU 2.5Ghz two 1GB NIC ports 1 - DLink 1GB ethernet switch (1000/100 MB) 8-port ...
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Windows 2008 R2 freezing when more than two VMs started

I have an interesting problem. I am runnnig ESXi 4.0 Update 1. Windows 2008 R2 runs fine with VMWare tools (without the SVGA driver). Once I start a second Windows 2008 R2 server, they randomly lockup ...
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Web based console connections not working in Windows 7 posted: Jan 20, 2010 8:55 AM

For slightly complicated reasons we tend to give people console access to VMs via the webui. This has worked fine in the past, however when the users update their client machines to Windows 7 (or ...
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Disable VMware BIOS Legacy Diskette

In the main tab of VMware BIOS setup utility there is an option to disable "Legacy Diskette A" (and B). Which is the option to get this by means of the vmx configuration files? I tried: ...
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How to determine VMware ESX server requirements for n VMs?

I am going to buy a high-end server for my department's daily usage. On this server, I am planning to launch 2 DB servers, 2 Application Servers and around 10 ordinary development PCs on the VMware ...
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VMware ESX 3.x: How to connect two ESX server to a single VMFS datastore on SAN

I'm generally a networking guy but I'm trying to learn VMware. I'm running two ESX 3.x servers with virtual center. I know that it is possible to create redundancy or high availability by configuring ...
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creating development environment with a button click

We create development and testing environments manually and its taking lot of manual effort and time now. We want to completely automate that like "click a button to create a development/testing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Function of command vmware-vim-cmd vimsvc/connect?

Does anyone know the function of the command "vmware-vim-cmd vimsvc/connect (vimid)". I thought that after executing this command with correct virtual machine id, I will be connected to the shell of ...
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Convert VM running on Linux hypervisor to OVF/VMDK

I have a bunch of VMs on a Linux hypervisor (cloudsigma.com to be precised). I want to convert these to deploy to an ESX hypervisor (opsource cloud server), but need to create an ovf with the vmdk. I ...
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CentOS 5.5 APIC issue on ESX 4.1 & ML115

I've just installed vSphere 4.1 on an HP ProLiant ML115 G5 Quad-core and am trying to install CentOS 5.5 as a guest system. However, when the guest boots up I get a calibrate_APIC_clock warning and a ...
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Vmware 5.1 ESX linux host cpu keep climbing overtime

I have Debian lenny with php and mysql, in Vmware 5.1 ESX. Cpu keeps climbing over time. After about 50 days, cpu usage is 100% by apache and mysql but it is climbing day by day. If I restart these ...
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Add Zabbix S.M.A.R.T. monitor to ESXi 5

I have a ESXi 5.1 host with 3 Hard Disk (1 SSD, 2 Magnetic) and I want to monitor them, especially for the S.M.A.R.T Data, that is critical and preannunce an HDD break. Since I'm really unfamiliar ...
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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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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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Why does RDP freeze on Windows Server 2008 R2 in a virtual machine during high load?

We have noticed a problem where remote desktop sessions to a server will freeze when the server has high CPU load. Environment: VMWare ESX 4.0u1. Guest OS is Windows Server 2008 R2 (this is the ...
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Foreman and ESX Integration, docs and examples; rolling out VMs

We're seeking a scripted/automated solution to facilitate rollouts of VMs in a uniform manner. Since we use Puppet, Foreman is of interest. However, there doesn't appear to be documentation (yet?) ...
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Why does Ruby on Rails run slowly on VMWare

We are experiencing slow performance of our Ruby on Rails application on a hosted server. Neither us nor our hosting provider have been able to accurately diagnose the reason for this. Indicators of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 to change root password on ESX without causing problems with Lab Manager

We have an ESX server which is managed via VMware lab manager. When the root password is changed on the vmware ESX machine, this causes problems with lab manager, it gives errors for each VM about the ...
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VMWare ESX4 snapshot failing with “file is larger than the maximum size supported”

I created my virtual machine hard drives with thin provisioning at the maximum of the block size (256gb for 1mb blocks) and then tried to snapshot them, failing with the error "file is larger than the ...
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PowerCLI Move-VM Returns failure but vm still moves

I have a script that is moving VM's from one datastore to another. I have other logic to protect the Storage backend and fabric from over subscription and to wait to submit new requests at specific ...
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“A virtual machine fails to power on with the error: Thin/TBZ disks cannot be opened in multiwriter mode” - after disk size change in client

I tried to increase the size of my clustered virtual disk (2 vms) though the vSphere client. Big mistake apparently. Now when I attempt to start the vms, I get "A virtual machine fails to power on ...
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vSphere 5.1 and iSCSI multipathing

I have a problem in configuring vSphere Cluster with iSCSI multipathing. Host in cluster have four physical interfaces. Host have four vmk interfaces for iSCSI, which mapped to individual physical ...
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Auditd on VM - disappearing rules

I have FTP virtual server on ESX with two virtual hard disks. That hard disk is a vmdk files on data store, not on local storage of VM host. One virtual hard disk is for system, second for FTP shares. ...
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SQL server HA when running with PCI Flash device

I want to purchase a PCI based Flash storage device for our ESXi server hosting our SQL Server machine. We use SQL Server 2008 standard edition. storage is on Netapp via NFS. It is a VM (ESXi 5.1) ...
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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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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 ...