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

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VMware ESXi: Connect to VM serial using named pipe

I'm running Linux VM guest on VMware ESXi 5.1 host. The guest has only serial tty. The only way to interact with it seems to be serial over named pipe. I've added serial port to the VM, assigning ...
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Redundant Paths between DELL R720 and MD3420 in ESXi 5.5

We had some trouble configuring redundant paths between a DELL R720 and MD3420 storage connected via two LSI 12GB SAS-HBAs using ESXi 5.5. The datastore was accessible and worked fine, except for the ...
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Merge Live VMware hosts into existing vcenter

We currently have 3 VMware hosts, all running ESXi 4.1. They are all HP DL380 G7's, two of them having dual Xeon E5620 cpus with 96GB RAM, and the third having dual Xeon E5645 cpus and 64GB RAN. The ...
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Can vSphere PowerCLI cmdlets execute from a PS1 file?

I'm looking to write an admin script that will: Delete a VM from vSphere Delete the VM's DNS entry Release the VM's IP address with our Windows DHCP server I can accomplish the first item via ...
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vmWare HA Admission Control configuration

In an HA cluster of 5 hosts (100GB memory) if Admission control is enabled and %age cluster failover option is set at 25 % (lets consider only for memory ie. 125 GB), and if one host fails then the ...
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VMware ESXi <> Synology NFS Share (Physical Switch Redundancy)

This is my storage network: ESXi Host(Dual 10gb NICs) >> 2xNetgear xs712T >> Synology RS10613xs+ (Dual 10gb NICs) ESXi vmnic1 >> NG Switch 1 >> Syn NIC 1 ESXi vmnic2 >> NG Switch 2 >> Syn NIC 2 ...
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esxi host remote driver update?

We have a Power Edge R410 Server which is running on VmWare ESXi. Recently my boss has been making an update from 5 to 5.1 and the datastore has been gone. We try to recover and seems like the problem ...
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Cannot connect VMWare VMs to datastore ISO but can connect to same ISO on local PC via Console

VMWare 4.0U4b (I know...) I am unable to connect new or existing VMs to ISOs contained on any of the datastores. I was able to however boot from an ISO on my local PC connected via the Console. I ...
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Multiple Web Server VMs or a Single VM with virtual hosts?

I have a number of sites running on various physical servers that I'm looking at moving into our virtual environment. Most of these are small sites usually with a MySQL database. User base is ...
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ESXi 5.1 Windows Server 2003 Guest 32-bit Installation boots to GUI but claims that it can't access the medium to install?

I've tried changing the settings on the iso and it just won't let me install it: "Setup was unable access files needed to continue. This should be caused by an error on the CD Media or the CD is ...
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How to insulate apps from underlying OS changes using Docker

I'm not a docker user, just want to know if this is an accurate use case for docker. Current State We deploy custom Java apps on RHEL/VMware. To function properly, the apps depend on local Java ...
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Recovering broken VMDK image

we had a disk failure on our VM host (VMWare ESXI 5.1). We've managed to get some of the data off but some of the file we couldn't get as it kept on causing the disk to crash. I have file like ...
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ESXi Windows Server 2003 Guest 32-bit Installation gets stuck on blue Starting Windows screen?

I'm trying to install Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition 32-bit as a guest on ESXi 5.1 for testing purposes; but when I try to install it, it gets stuck on the blue Starting Windows screen and the ...
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Why are my VMWare 5 virtual machines not booting when converted over to Microsoft Hyper-V 2012r2?

I have a Dell VMWare 5.x environment, but am experimenting with Microsoft Hyper-V (server 2012r2 64). I am using the Microsoft converter utility to move these vm's, which completes fine but the ...
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Can an ESXi 5.1 VM have Applicaiton Aware Image Processing enabled at the sametime it has Freeze/Thaw Scripts?

So you can't enable Application Aware Image Processing at the same time you have Freeze/Thaw scripts enabled. But in the event that you have a VSS Aware (such as SQL Server 2008 R2) database on ...
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Vmotion without shared storage

ive read that I can do vmotion without shared storage from 5.1 onwards. Can I do it with standard edition? Or only enterprise?
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HP ProLiant disk failure, proceed or do not proceed

We have a HP proliant DL385 G7 server that’s a vmware ESXI host with a failed hard drive – the drive is a HP SAS-MDL, 7.2 K, 2TB. When we boot the server we get the attached message and we are not ...
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Slow download big static files from nginx

I'm using debian 7 x64 in vmware-esxi virtualization. Max download per client is 1mb/s and nginx no use more than 50mbps together and my question is what may cause so slow transfers? server ...
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Ubuntu vmware open tools OSPs does not install everything

I am trying to compile and install manually openvm-tools so that i can patch it myself for security purpose. I am working under Ubuntu LTS 14.04. I got open-vmware-tools with apt-get source, and tried ...
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Standalone vCenter web client

I wish to have a VMWare vCenter Web Client without setting up vCenter Server Systems such that the Web Client connects directly to an ESXi host. I only have 1 ESXi host, setting up vCenter seems ...
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assign Second IP in ESXi 5.5 host Centos 6.6

Hello i have just installed CenOSs 6.6 on ESXi 5.5 and I have eth0 working fine. I have internet access and I want to assign a second IP in CentOS. So purchased another ip from oneprovider.com and ...
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Send keystrokes Vmware ESXi Linux installation

I'm trying to automate my Linux installation using VMware ESXi. The OS is a custom ISO from vendor which only asks for 2 things: 1) Check Media integrity 2) Confirm formatting existing Hard Disk. I ...
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Cannot establish TCP connection from ESXi to port 9084 on vCenter

One of my ESXi 5.1 hosts fails to download patches from vSphere Update Manager (installed together with vCenter 5.1 on a single machine). The relevant part of esxupdate.log reads: ...
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Shutting down machine while deleting large snapshot

On ESXi 5.1, i started deleting a snapshot some hours ago.. A big snapshot of about 800gb. the machine is an SQL Server. It is only at 34% on deleting. can i just shutdown the machine while ...
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virtualize or bypass EPT support in Vmware Esxi

I am trying to run a VM that requires EPT support, which my cpu(X7350) appears to not support.(Enabling hardware MMU creates an error saying that host does not support EPT). When I run that VM i get ...
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VMWare Error: Read-only file system during write on

I tried hundreds of forums and posts, but nothing seem to help! I have vSphere ESXi 5.5. and when starting ESXi the first time it created and formatted a storage automatically. For some reason I ...
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deploy physical server from vmware template (linux)

I've been looking at replacing several aging servers, and to that end, I've prepared a vmware template to act as a standardized base. However, it's now become a requirement that I be able to deploy ...
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Virtualized Server 2003 vs Server 2008 R2 file transfer rate differences?

Basically I am trying to find out where the difference in the rate of a network file copy might come from. I have a virtual Server 2008 R2 SP1 and a virtual Server 2003 R2 SP2, using the same store, ...
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rsync not behaving the same in script vs shell

Afternoon ServerFault, I have hit a problem that I can seem to reach a solution to, I currently have a backup script that is meant to rsync VMs off our VMWare box onto our backup server, the problem ...
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creating a VM on ESXi 5.5 using ISO on a USB attached to host

I have a ESXi 5.5 host server where i need to build a Xubuntu Server, my bandwidth limits me from sharing the ISO over the LAN, and my host server does not have a CD/DVD drive. so is it possible to ...
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Nagios alert “ESX3 Critical - Error: Cannot complete login due to an incorrect user name or password” after changing root password via vSphere

I currently just inherited Nagios administration after an employee was let go a couple of days ago. As part of our procedures for exiting employees, we changed passwords for all accounts the employee ...
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VMware hypervisor license [duplicate]

can I use VMware vsphere hypervisor license on multiple host on different network? Apologize that one license is used in a farm in India and I will use the same license in a farm in UK. Obviously I ...
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Are there any notable advantages (or disadvantages) to using EFI firmware and GPT boot disks in an ESXi environment?

My basic question is, as the title asks: are there any notable advantages (or disadvantages) to using EFI firmware and GPT boot disks in an ESXi environment? By "notable," I mean anything other than ...
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Can I have 2 different ESXI Versions in the one Vcenter

Can I have 2 different ESXI Versions in the one Vcenter? MyVcenter is split up into several Clusters (for management and user separation/security reasons) . All host in a cluster are at the same patch ...
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error loading /scsi-qla.v01, fatal error:33

I am facing an issue, seems to be a rare one. No one has asked this question in any of the blog except for this. One of my Esxi 5.1 host (not an actual server, but just a physical workstation acting ...
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ESXi 5.5 + vCSA Upgrade

We are upgrading 4 hosts from ESXi 5 to 5.5 We are adding 4 more hosts with clean ESXi 5.5 installs We are also upgrading our vCS 5 to the vCSA 5.5 Using Enterprise Plus Licensing Issue: I am trying ...
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Automount old array in VMware ESXi 5.5 (free)

Background: Using the free ESXi, we had problems with corruption in the VMware OS files after an array failure. Because of large volumes of data and limited time (this is a production system), and ...
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Windows Servers on ESXi 100% CPU at year rollover

We have a number of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 servers running on ESXi servers. At year end rollover 2014 to 2015 the CPUs go to 100% and the machines hang. The solution appears to be a hotfix ...
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What is the proper way to shutdown an iSCSI target with connected clients?

iSCSI with two DRBD primary nodes is a bad idea to use if the two paths get concurrent write requests. But I am thinking about using this idea as backend storage for an ESXi 5.5U2 host. I already did ...
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Out of 2 VMs and their 1 host, only 2 at a time are reachable from the LAN

I have a VMware vSphere hypervisor set up with two VMs. I need to be able to reach the host (for configuration, etc.) as well as both VM's from my client (which is also in the same subnet). I want to ...
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VCenter Adding Host - Error “conflicts with an existing datastore in the datacenter that has the same URL”

We have a new Dell VRTX box (2 Blades & Shared Storage). We are getting the above error when trying to add the second host. We've created shared storage(VDISK1) which both ESX hosts have access. ...
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Alert simulation on vSphere 5.5

Is there any way to simulate an alert (to test alarm actions) on an vmware vSphere esxi 5.5 infrastructure? My research seems that a "test" was available on some older versions.
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In a VMware environment, is it possible to move a Windows Disk from one VM guest to another?

I have VMware server with Windows SBS server VM guest. It has a C: drive and a D: drive. The D: drive is a separate disk in the VM guest settings. We would like to migrate this to a new Windows 2012 ...
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Moving a large spanned volume across vm's

Current situation: Windows server 2008r2 running under VMWare esxi5.5. 3TB drive consisting of 3x 1TB virtual disks under a spanned volume. (D) The drive contains approx 1,9TB of data. D drive hosts ...
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VMware Grails application on one VM can't access MongoDB on another VM

I have two VMs in a VMware cloud that belong to the same VApp and so are behind the same edge gateway. The both have their own different internal ip addresses but I route services from the outside to ...
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CentOS 7 with vmxnet3 stops transmitting

I'm setting up a virtual machine running CentOS 7 in a vmware environment, using a vmxnet3 virtual network adapter, and have run into a rather frustrating problem: the interface stops transmitting ...
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Processes surviving Windows VM reboots?

Summary: A long-running virtual Windows Server 2012 system this weekend became very slow; from remote we did Restart-Computer -ComputerName xyzzy -Force, which succeeded by all accounts; except that ...
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User profiles for ESXi [closed]

I have configured active directory with my ESXi Server and all is great. I created User Profiles for this experiment within Windows 2008r2. Logged in with a windows 7 VM within Vsphere, and all works. ...
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Detect memory ballooning from within the affected VM

Is it possible to detect from within a Linux VM that memory is being reclaimed by the memory balloon? I don't think any information about the host is propagated to the VM, so connecting to the host ...
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ESXi sees RAID1 as two hard drives

The server is Proliant ML330 G6. I've activated the embeded SATA RAID in BIOS. Created 1 logical drive in "Option Rom Configuration for Arrays" in RAID 0+1 that consists of two 1TB drives. So in other ...