VMWare ESXi is an installable/embeddable virtualization platform based around the ESXi Hypervisor.

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Host CPID, Geast CPUID and UserCPUID / what are they?

i found out that there are some IDs associated to the CPUIDs in vmx file of each virtual machine, these IDs are; hostCPUID.{Num} hostCPUID.80000001 guestCPUID.{Num} guestCPUID.80000001 ...
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VM load and ping problems after replacing server motherboard

Recently, we had to replace the motherboard of one of our servers. The procedure was done by IBM as it had guarantee. The server runs ESXi 5.1, with several virtual machines, including our main mail ...
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Adding subnet to a vsphere with single vcenter and esxi host

Let me start of by saying that I do not specialize in networking, I am in the process of adding additional VMs to a testing environment and wanted some recommendations. In this case I am running a ...
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Looking for concise set of instructions for upgrading Vmware 5.1 to 5.5 [on hold]

I'm trying to find a set of instructions for upgrading Vmware (ESXi and Vsphere) from 5.1 to 5.5, but all I'm finding online is a bunch of separate, incomplete knowledgebase articles which is making ...
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ESXi and Windows Server CPU parking

For those that don't know, CPU parking is a feature in recent Windows Server releases that allows Windows to pretty much drop a CPU core to zero use, and having nothing use it. It's been introduced as ...
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ESXi onboard SATA passthrough [on hold]

I am running ESXi 5.5 on a home system. When I attempt to pass one of the onboard SATA controllers (Intel ICH10R) to a VM, it is successful. However, the controller never appears in the VM. What else ...
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What's Most Inexpensive Licensing Option for Putting Windows Server on top of esxi? [duplicate]

I have a need to run multiple Windows servers alongside a Linux server preferably under VMware the free version of esxi (our apps can run under 2008 or 2012). The Windows VMs will be running some ...
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Pfsense on intranet ip address

I wish to secure the traffic between ESXi server vms and other physical nodes on my network. What I have: A public IP address on the WAN port of the Wifi router A dedicated server with 2 NIC ...
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Limiting - IOPS in VMware causing servers to run VERY slow

I have servers running a few different iSCSI SAN units. I was trying to balance IO requests to the datastores, so I started changing the "Limit - IOPS" on my servers from unlimited to 100-400 ...
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vmware virtual machine keeps freezing

Strangely I have a virtual machine that keeps constantly freezing for some seconds or minutes. On the OS side, the CPU and memory used are quite low. On VMWare side, it's the same, the machine never ...
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Install VMWare ESX template image to a physical server

Is there any way to install a RHEL 6 VMWare Template image to a physical server? I suppose there is a way to dump it to a physical disk and then dd that to the server's disk while booted from a CD. ...
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Querying the VMware vCenter Database (VCDB) to calculate storage capacity

Attempting to figure out the storage capacity within a VBlock so I can further look into it's usage by host and vm. VBlock -- It's a pre-setup environment that allows for infrastructure ...
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ESXi 4: Access physical disk without creating datastore

Recently started experimenting with ESXi 4 on an older system. (I know, v5 is out but I don't have the required hardware yet) The system contains 3 physical disks: Disk A: 250GB IDE containing ESXi ...
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Why does ESX require so many restarts?

So more curiosity than anything while I wait for my upgrades but: I can upgrade all the packages in my Linux desktop, without one single restart. ESX is Linux based (or BSD?) why is it that when ...
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How can I deploy template-based VM from Linux?

We are trying to provide our Linux engineers with a CLI to deploy VMWare vSphere VMs using templates. The vSphere CLI looks promising but the documentation doesn't mention templates. Does anyone ...
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Link aggregation in ESXi 5.5 [closed]

I have a virtual machine on my ESXi server with Ubuntu installed on it. The server has 4 1Gb/s ports that I want to use them all for my virtual machine. An obvious (yet kinda stupid) way would be ...
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VMWare - Connecting two hosts (not physically connected) via a vSwitch

I have an esxi 5.5 host in Chicago and Dallas. Both servers are controlled by my vcenter server. I have a MySQL server in chicago that is accessed through an internal only vswitch from the servers on ...
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VMWare ESXi has two diagnostics partitions

I just installed a new VMWare ESXi 5.5 server and checked the partitions on old 5.0 ESXi and on the new 5.5 ESXi and the new one has two VMWare Diagnostics partitions but the old one has only one. ...
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rsync ESXI 5.5 out of memory in receive_sums [duplicate]

I statically compiled the latest rsync (3.1.1) & can successfully execute the command on my ESXI server. I am getting the following error from rsync however: ERROR: out of memory in receive_sums ...
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ESXi 5 Add an existing lun to datastore without formatting

We have two hosts running VMWare ESXi 5.1.0. Both are connected to a RAID 5 array via iSCSI. The lun is an existing lun with vm on it but it is not reconized by the hosts after the reboot. it is ...
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What does the ESX helper0-0 process do?

I have a laptop used for development purposes (EliteBook 8540p) upon which I have installed ESXi 5.5 to run multiple servers and make use of snapshots for rollback. After installing ESX and prior to ...
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ESXi / Networking / security [closed]

I'm designing a VMware 5.5 infra, from memory and the course notes, I'm struggling around the networking, I know the management network, vmotion network and NFS all have to be on separate networks. ...
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HP ProLiant Gen8 BIOS settings for VMware ESXi

What BIOS settings should be set on a HP BL460c Gen8 server so that ESXi 5.5 runs correctly?
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Dell Equallogic PS5000E Multipathing Extension Module for VMware vSphere required even if storage is not presented to ESXi?

Single Dell Equallogic PS5000E array, fw 7.0.5, dual controller, NIC0 and NIC1 on each controller are on the iSCSI VLAN, NIC2 on each controller is on the management VLAN. VMware vSphere 5.5, ...
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how to established a two way network link between vswitch0 and vswitch1

I have a Exsi 5.1 Lab with a Freesco router which enables my private network range 192.168.1.. talk to my vm network range 192.168.0.. but not the other way around I can ping any machine in my (vm ...
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Vmware credential errors with zabbix check

I want to monitor my vmware infrastructure with Zabbix. I follow https://www.zabbix.com/documentation/2.2/manual/vm_monitoring, but i doesn't have any new hosts or VM i have this error in log : ...
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ESXi 5.5 Unable to connect to a ESXI

I've lost connection to several ESXi 5.5. First, I saw they lost connection with vCenter (5.5 SLES Appliance). Then I tried to connect directly to the ESXi using the vSphere Client, and got Error ...
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VMWare - Jumbo Frames over iSCSI to a NAS4Free array

I am having problems getting Jumbo Frames working over my iSCSI connection. Here is what I try. 4 1GbE connections on 4 different subnets on my NAS4Free array for iSCSI, MTU set at 9000 2 redunant ...
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dell poweredge r900 hard drive max limit [closed]

Hey all I am in the market to buy a home server and ive been looking at different configurations and found the R900 having the best bang for the buck. However it concerns me that it states on dells ...
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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 on VMWare ESX - How to reduce base load

I just installed two new virtual machines with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 on our VMWare ESXi 5.1 Server and noticed a base load of about 800 Mhz without the machine doing actual work. Now I wonder ...
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Wyse P25 VGA port is set as display 2

I'm running VMware View 5 environment and we are using Wyse P25's to connect via PCoIP. If we plug the monitor in to the display port everything comes up fine, but if we plug the monitor into the VGA ...
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Relate multiple physical network ports to ESXi's virtual network adapter

I have a ESXi 5.0 machine with 1 built-in (in motherboard) network port, plus 2 ethernet PCI cards - each has 4 ports. To sum up - I have a total of 9 physical network ports in the machine. How do I ...
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Missing datastore in ESXi 5.5 after IP change on disk enclosure (N.B. FC connection)

I have the following setup. 1 HP DL380 G5 1 HP MSA2012fc drive enclosure with 2 FC controllers The 2 are directly connected via fiberchannel, 1 connection to the b controller of the MSA (no switch) ...
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Active CARP network loop

I have to setup, no matter what, a cluster of 3 active OpenBSD 5.5 with CARP on 3 separate ESXi 5.5 hosts. I think I'm close to the end but I have this message in /var/log/messages : carp0: replay ...
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If I join esxi to an Active Directory domain, how does it choose which DC to authenticate to?

I'm familiar to vSphere and large installations, and not at all familiar with the free products. Topology & configuration We have some branch offices that use ESXi and have a DC resident on ...
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Reset DELL iDRAC password without rebooting ESXi

For one of our machines we lost our root password for the iDrac7 Enterprise interface. The machine is running many virtual machines and turning them off would be a huge task. So, my question is: Is ...
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Will ESXi 5.5 in standalone mode (free) support fibre channel SAN?

I have a HP blade in a C7000 enclosure and a new 3PAR StoreServ 7200 over Fibre Channel. Today we use DAS and have not virtualized our SQL servers. My goal is: SQL Server 2008 -> WS2012R2 -> ESXi 5.5 ...
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ESXi 5.5 hosts have multiple HostDateTimeSystem entries

I've been trying to do an audit of time skews on some of my hosts recently. Using PowerCLI I found a few scripts that reference the ConfigManager.DateTimeSystem to get the ESXi Host datetime. ...
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vmware esxi host ha state in election

In my Vmware Esxi server 5.1 , 2 host machines which are added as cluster ,there HA state is turned to ELection .I tried Reconfiguring the vsphere for HA it is not working .In cluster it shows issue ...
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VMware ESXi multiple I/O latency warnings

VMware ESXi 5.1.0 server showing multiple warning events: Device mpx.vmhba1:C0:T0:L0 performance has deteriorated. I/O latency increased from average value of 3913 microseconds to 530954 ...
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How to [politely?] tell software vendor they don't know what they're talking about

Not a technical question, but a valid one nonetheless. Scenario: HP ProLiant DL380 Gen 8 with 2 x 8-core Xeon E5-2667 CPUs and 256GB RAM running ESXi 5.5. Eight VMs for a given vendor's system. ...
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Network adapter to eth number mapping for vmware

I have a ubuntu vm on ESXi 5.5 with 6 e1000 interfaces. And at creation of the vm I assign a different network to all of them and power it up. When I login to linux I see eth0-eth5 but the order is ...
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VMware ESXi dual / triple boot on a test machine

Has anyone tried to setup a dual or triple boot (ESXi 5.5, Linux, Windows Server 2012R2) machine? This is for an app and controller card testing environment - at the moment we're dual-booting ...
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ESXi hosted on public IP without firewall

So I've got an interesting problem. I currently rent a couple of servers from Hetzner (a German hosting provider). Each server has a soft firewall and does something like web hosting / database. I ...
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Does 'vim-cmd vmsvc/snapshot.create' create a functional backup of the guest?

If I create a snapshot with: 'vim-cmd vmsvc/snapshot.create' I can then transfer the file that creates to another system, or even to another vmware ESXi system. Setting aside the fact that ...
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NTFS Share vs. NFS Datastore on VMware 5.5

I am currently using Physical Server 2012R2 of 10TB RAID5 mapped as a NTFS share to the Virtual Machine, which is a Camera Server 2012R2 hosted on VMware 5.5. Storage Server is used only for all video ...
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How can I disable/suppress the warning I get for having SSH enabled on an ESX/ESXi host?

I administer a large number of ESXi hosts, and in order to do that efficiently, I pretty much need to have SSH allowed into the hosts at all times, as it's just far too burdensome to enable and ...
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Force network messages from VM's on same ESXi to gateway

In the context of introducing ESXi we would like to know if it is possible to force messages destined from VM_A to VM_B on the same ESXi towards the gateway. The reason behind this seemingly strange ...
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ESXcli command timeout at 30 minutes

I am working on a powercli script to loop through each datastore in our environment and reclaim space on the thin provisioned LUNs. All LUNs in the environment are Dell Equal Logic. vCenter ...
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Add vcenter to vSphere 5.1

I'm looking to upgrade our vSphere 5.1 host to 5.5, and I see numerous references to vCenter. The admin who setup our vSphere (no longer with company) either removed vCenter or never installed it. ...