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

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esxi 5.5 datastore went missing, disk still visible

I put the host into maintenance mode, installed some RAM and rebooted to find the guests wouldn't boot. A datastore has gone missing, but I can still see the disk via SSH and the vsphere client. The ...
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Issues customizing a RHEL7 VM deployed from a template on VMware

In compliance with VMWare's VM customization matrix, I am testing this out on vSphere 5.5 Update 2d. I create the template with a RHEL 7.1 DVD and point anaconda to a kickstart that looks like this: ...
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How to mount an USB drive under VMWare ESXi 5.5?

I want to mount an USB drive to VMWare ESXi 5.5 host. The USB drive is visible with lsusb : Bus 01 Device 03: ID 154b:0095 PNY But not under /vmfs. Under /dev/disks/ I see many entries, but dunno ...
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vSphere ESXi 5.5 Windows Guest Network card not active after reboot

Problem: Windows 2008 R2 or Windows 2012 servers have no network access after a reboot Not all VMs affected, but multiple VMs and mulitiple hosts. Windows Network configuration shows the correct ...
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VMware infiniband configuration

I have a server which is intended to be a vmware host. This server has two Infiniband Mellanox ConnectX-2 dual-port cards. What I want to do is to make the following setup: The first card should work ...
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How to install VMware 5.5 and higher on HP BL460c G6

I have an HP ProLiant BL460c G6 with the HP NC532i Dual Port 10Gbe BL-c Adapter installed. VMware won't install on this machine stating the network device is not found. This happens with both the ...
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VMware vSphere 6.0 free versus Essentials versus Open Source? [closed]

We wanted to download a trial of vsphere 6 essentials kit, but when you get a 60 day trail of vsphere, it doesnt include vcenter so you cant use the web control panel, and vmware client doesn't ...
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ESXi 5.5 - Management network with no gateway [migrated]

I'm setting up a test lab for VMware in Hyper-V. I have 3 vSwitches in Hyper-V: -EXT01 -INT01 -INT02 I've also created a W2K12 VM in Hyper-V which has the following roles installed: -AD/DNS -DHCP ...
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VMWare ESXi configuration corrupted on every boot

I've got a problem with configuration appearing as corrupted every time we restart our ESXi server, we get a PSOD and stops booting during the initialization process. This is a test environment, ...
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ESXi + pfsense traffic segregation [migrated]

I'm kind of new to setting up networking with ESXi and working with pfsense, so please excuse if this cannot be done or I'm asking something the wrong way. I'm using ESXi 5.5.0 and I want to host ...
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ESXi Not Booting from USB

I hope you can help, because I'm stumped. I've got an old HP DL385 G2 server. I have successfully installed VMWare ESXi 6.0 to an old 16GB Corsair Voyager flash drive. Because I didn't like the USB ...
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Connectivity issues to hosts over MPLS

Original thread on VMware for reference: https://communities.vmware.com/thread/490718 Hello, We have been troubleshooting an issue that prevents our vCenter server from connecting to some of our ...
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Reducing Linux LVM size

this server has an Ubuntu 10.10 LVM volume created out of three "thin provisioning" VMWare ESXi disks of 1.76tb each and one 700Gb "thick provisioning" disk. Here's the space used according to pvs: ...
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iSCSI steps between 1Gb/s and 10Gb/s [closed]

So, I am in the process of building out a iSCSI system based off freeNAS. This is being connected to a few (around 20ish) ESXi 5.5 boxes. These ESXi boxes only have the boot drive and a few Gb of ...
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HDD in RDM in ESXi 6.0 really slow performance

I have a HDD configured as RDM in ESXi 6.0 and the drive transfer speeds are really slow. Running a local tool, such as CrystalDiskMark, give normal speeds. But the transfer rate from it to a wired ...
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ESXi very slow with WD reds

I have a small company and we offer tech support to small companies. I've been using the HP Gen8 MicroServer in most of them as a replacement of homebuilt computers for some time. Sometimes customers ...
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VMware View clipboard redirection / PCoIP and Virtual channels

I'm having an issue with clipboard redirection on Horizon View. Here are the GPO settings I'm using: Copy/Paste between the virtual machine and physical workstation doesn't seem to work still ...
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restore default firewall config for esxi 5.5

While trying to add a new firewall rule file I accidentally copied my new XML over the top of the primary /etc/vmware/firewall/service.xml config file. I'm booting our free ESXI 5.5 server from a USB ...
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External IP shows me ESXi web client [closed]

Recently i installed Vmware ESXi on my proliant server and created some VM there , opened ports on mikrotik router and installed nginx web server and when i tried to reach it via external ip it gets ...
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Convert Vmware version 2 virtual machine to Hyper-V---General Road map needed

I have taken over the management an old VMware host. I believe it is VMWare version 2 by what it says in the Control Panel/Programs of the Windows 2008 R2 server. I would like to convert/migrate one ...
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Restart ESXi from remote while having a PSOD

I wondered if it is possible to access some functions of a ESXi Server over the network, while the server has a PSOD. The Server is running ESXi 5.1. The server cannot be pinged, but is there some ...
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How to automatically remount iscsi drive, after network errors on Vmware + FreeNAS

Is it possible to force Ubuntu to remount, rescan storage in time manner, to automatically mount it in rw mode? I have a Ubuntu virtual machine on VMware server. And have physical FreeNAS server ...
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ESXi build with SSD's and storage sharing with HDD

So the plan is to convert 4 boxed servers into all virtual servers with a new server. The 4 servers now don't require much horsepower to do much, so only looking at the Xeon E5-2470 (8C, 2.4ghz, iirc) ...
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How generate 70-persistent-net.rules for esx?

I have 300+ VMs of ubuntu build on from one ova. On vm there are 5 network adapters. I need from inside vm rename them regarding to VMware ESX order. For example naming in different scenarios: ...
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Can I exclude volumes from vMotion in ESX?

When I do vmotion, the VM's vmdk is usually on a shared storage array (unless I use storage, etc., but let's assume this is enterprise with a SAN). What if I have 2 volumes: one is the VMDK for the ...
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Checking if two virtual machines are running on the same host

Is there a way to see if several Virtual Machines are running on the same host? Specifically, I have three VMWare VMs (each running a Ubuntu Server 14.04) and I have tried to compare different pieces ...
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Nginx on VM on ded. root server has very slow download rates

I'm running VMware ESXI on a kimsufi dedicated root with 100Mbit/s network access. As the root has only 1 public IPv4 available and ESXi cannot NAT its VMs, I assigned the public IP to VM#1 which is ...
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IBM X3850 does not boot from internal USB by default unless startup boot menu is visited

I'm running Vmware ESXI from the internal USB. No matter how many times I persist the boot order so that the server boots from the internal USB, the server starts up with a blinking line cursor and ...
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esxcli software remove proftpd

i want remove ProFTPD from my exsi server , but after run command error occur : Command : # esxcli software vib remove -n ProFTPD [InstallationError] Error in running rm ...
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How to make sure file in VM's folder is copied with VM when cloning VMWare Virtual Machine

I am running a vmware environment (Version 4 unfortunately) which requires me to use a bios rom file in order to run server 2012. I upload it to the root folder of the VM after creation, before boot ...
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Good way to simulate a disk failure in vSphere

I need to be able to demonstrate SQL Server recovery procedures and since our DBs are all virtualized and using a SAN for backend storage, I need to know what the best way is to simulate a disk ...
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ESXi 5.1 lost connection to Datastore, but not to Disk

I have lost a Datastore from my ESXi Host. The drive is still accessable, but it does not show up as Datastore (but as device). I can connect to it via SSH and copy data from it (I am getting all the ...
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Invoking shell commands using vmware cli or esxcli

I want to find out the ssh private key length on the esxi server. There seems to be 2 ways to do this. openssl rsa -in /etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key -text -noout | grep "Private-Key:" ssh-keygen -lf ...
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VMware ESXi - what happens when unable to create a secondary instance of a VM for fault tolerance

Is anyone aware what would happen if VMware ESXi is unable to start back up a secondary instance of a VM configured for fault tolerance? Is there a fallback plan to try and get the VM up? Or is the VM ...
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VMware vCenter cannot connect to ESXi Hosts

I have a mixed version ESXi environment with versions 4.1, 5.0 and 5.5 hosts. I also have a standalone server, running Windows Server 2012 R2 that has vCenter 5.5 installed on it. All these servers ...
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Do ESXi vSwitches have their own mac address?

I'm in the process of trying to decommission a few subnets which are believed to be no longer in use. When I query the mac address table on the physical switch for the vlans associated with these ...
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Raid Information Through ESXi

I have created a few virtual disks using Raid controller from a Dell server. And then I installed ESXi on the server. But when I view the virtualdisk on the esxi under storage, I see all of them, but ...
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vSphere Datastore for specific datatypes: NFS or iSCSI

I am looking into improving performance in my vSphere environment. We are using a NetApp appliance with all VMs stored in Datastores that are mounted via NFS. It was suggested to me that, for some ...
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SNMP OID for VMware Tools on a virtual machine

I have an ESXi host running several VMs. I use snmp to query that host for information. I need to find if VMware Tools is installed on some virtual machine. Is that possible? and If so, which OID is ...
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Creating a bridged network in ESXi VSphere using VSphere client

I'm new to ESXi and i'm trying to configure a small server of guest machines, each running windows 7 starter. my goal is to let the workers connect to the ESXi server, get a windows "computer" and be ...
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How to configure NIC teaming on free VMWare ESXi 5.5?

There are articles online that describe this process for paid version of ESXi via VDS. My understanding is that VDS is not available on free ESXi version. We, however, do not need fully blown HA on ...
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Can I get Vsphere cluster networks (and thier details) using Ruby?

(On linux) I am looking for a way to get my VMware Vsphere networks details using a Ruby script. I tried to find a way using rlane/rbvmomi on [1]: https://github.com/rlane/rbvmomi but I could nt ...
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Applying Host profile wipes out IP Address on my ESX HOST

I have 5 ESX hosts – All the hardware is identical. I have rebuilt 3 of the 5 hosts without issue. I am working on the 5th and running into issues when applying the host profile. I am applying the ...
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“Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power” - Windows vNIC

Here's an interesting one I haven't seen on ServerFault I'd like to "discuss" based on our rule regarding a Good Subjective question. I have a ton of Windows 2008/2012 VMs in my environment running ...
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vSphere Cluster no failover

I've inherited a 2-node vSphere Cluster (vCenter appliance in the cluster). We recently had one host crash during working hours. My understanding with a vSphere HA Cluster (and like any cluster) when ...
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File extension .QCOW2 on Windows [closed]

While I was researching for solution, I saw the file extension could have something to do with vmware, thats why I am asking my question here. I would like to know how, what software should I use, to ...
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Drivers of RTL8111/8168 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller for ESXi 6.0 [closed]

I have installed ESXi 6.0 on a server which has a Realtek RTL8111/8168 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller. It's not displayed in the Network Adapters list due to ESXi 6.0 not having ...
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Restarting failed hosts on VMware vSphere ESXi

When a cluster is configured for High Availability (HA), VMs can be restarted onto an alternate host when the its host has failed. However, I am wondering: if the host has failed, is there a means ...
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70+ VM migration from ESXi 4.1 free to Hyper-V [closed]

We have 70+ VM's (all Windows except Elastix PBX and 1 more LAMP server) on 2 hosts running free ESXi 4.1, backed by a Dell PowerVault MD3220i SAN. I am adding another host and another PowerVault MD ...
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Can you create a VM Ware snapshot as part of a SCCM Task Sequence?

What I would like to be able to do is create a deployment/task sequence in SCCM 2012 R2 that can be scheduled to run after hours, snapshot a VMWare VM then apply whatever patches I've deployed to it ...