40
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10answers
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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. ...
1
vote
1answer
45 views

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 ...
-4
votes
1answer
56 views

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. ...
6
votes
1answer
76 views

What is the recommended way to version VMware Templates?

Assume that you're in an organisation with numerous data centres, each with their own private clouds running on VMware vCenter 5.5. There are VMware templates for different Operating Systems, ...
4
votes
2answers
70 views

Why might VMWare Tools downgrade after upgrade?

Running vSphere Client 5.5 and attempting to upgrade linux VMs that were on the older VMWare tools version. All linux VMs are RedHat v5.0. I go through the VMWare automatic install process and ...
2
votes
3answers
133 views

Is it possible to edit the settings on a virtualized vCenter server?

So, this is a strange one to me, but for reasons beyond my control, we have a vCenter server running on a virtualized Windows guest. This vCenter server is also the only vCenter server for the site ...
13
votes
1answer
221 views

How to crack the 1 Gbit iSCSI limit between ESXi and VNXe

I'm having big troubles with my iSCSI network and can't seem to get it working as fast as it could. So I've tried pretty much everything to gain full performance from my SAN, having involved ...
5
votes
3answers
209 views

Where to install ESXi so that all local drives are available to VSAN

I am currently setting up a new 3-host VSAN cluster that will be placed into production soon. (Note this is the newer "Virtual SAN" (VSAN) technology, not the older vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) ...
0
votes
2answers
79 views

Make ESXi VM use client network

Is it possible to make the ESXi VM to use the network that from where the remote console to the VM (in question) is initiated? For eg. I have a VM "VM1" on an ESXi. I am initiating the remote ...
3
votes
2answers
99 views

ESXi boot time with 9 iSCSI targets

Our ESXi hosts have always been slow booting when it came to iscsi_vmk loaded successfully - sitting here for almost 5 minutes. In all a full server reboot takes almost 12 minutes. We have 9 iSCSI ...
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votes
2answers
51 views

Store VMs on the same Stick as ESXi

I've a HP N54L Microserver with an ESXi, which runs from the 16GB USB Stick. In vSphere client I can't see any volumes, where I can store my VMs. And I think that ESXi never needs 16 GB to work. Is ...
5
votes
2answers
362 views

Why would Linux VM in vSphere ESXi 5.5 show dramatically increased disk i/o latency?

I'm stumped and I hope someone else will recognize the symptoms of this problem. Hardware: new Dell T110 II, dual-core Pentium G850 2.9 GHz, onboard SATA controller, one new 500 GB 7200 RPM cabled ...
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votes
2answers
51 views

Bulk creation of VM guests in VMware [closed]

Is it possible to create a number of windows VMs from a template e.g. 15. I was going to create one VM without IP address etc and just clone it 15 times then configure the ip addresses, is there an ...
0
votes
1answer
26 views

ESXi 4.x VMware Clone and Snapshot

I would like to clone a vm and revert the clone back to the snapshop, I have cloned the VM but when I go to snapshot manager there are no previous snapshots listed. Is it possible to revert back ...
4
votes
2answers
244 views

IBM x3650 will not boot from USB

Hello serverfault community, and thank you in advance for your time. Summary: I have an IBM x3650, which I bought secondhand (eBay). I am trying to install and run VMWare ESXi 5.5 on it via a USB ...
1
vote
1answer
68 views

V2P of a domain controller?

I work in an environment where the amount of paperwork I have to do to stand up a single server in boundless. That being said I'm standing up two new 2012 R2 Domain Controllers. One is to be a virtual ...
0
votes
1answer
54 views

VMWare - Get notified when someone is accessing via Remote-Console

recently i (got) moved to a virtual machine with my workstation. There's only one thing i am worry about - 40 people will have the ability to watch me working without me knowing about (except cursor ...
0
votes
1answer
152 views

VMware Esxi 5.5 automate VM creation from ISO

Basically we want to automate virtual machine creation from ISO. As in one of our project we get custom ISO (appliances with application pre-installed in OS) released from time to time. So we need to ...
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votes
1answer
75 views

Using a NAS as a vSphere datastore [closed]

I have an IBM server x3850 M2. It has SAS drives that are too small for all of my Virtual Machines. I also have an entry level Netgear ReadyNAS unit. Can I use this as a datastore, and what kind of ...
0
votes
1answer
334 views

can't access vSphere when rebooting vCenter Appliance

My root passw for vCenter Appliance has expired and I need to boot it from Linux Live-CD in order to recover it, now whenever I reboot the vCenter Appl. within the vSphere console, I loose connection ...
2
votes
2answers
413 views

Unable to create datastore extent on VMware ESXi 5.5 - HP Smart Array P800

I have a HP P800 array controller connected to a HP MSA60 with 12x 1TB SATA drives installed. I provisioned a single array with 1 spare in ACU. I have followed this KB and created 4x 1.9TB logical ...
1
vote
2answers
37 views

How should I package a VM template to be cloned repeatedly, along with a single large storage volume for all instances to share?

I have a number of VMs that were based on the same template, each with about 2GB of storage. They all share read-only access to a 50GB volume (currently via NFS, but that is up for negotiation). I ...
0
votes
1answer
105 views

Move big file from VM to host hypervisor in vmware vsphere

I have a big file (220G) I would like to move from a virtual machine to its host. The file is actually another virtual machine's disk file. for other smaller files, I would have done that with a ...
0
votes
1answer
38 views

changing iSCSI block storage backup solutions, does CBT need to be reset?

VMware vSphere 5.1, iSCSI block storage, old backup solution uses Changed Block Tracking (CBT) for incremental backups. New backup solution also uses Changed Block Tracking (CBT), but the current CBT ...
1
vote
0answers
115 views

upgrade/reinstall vmware vsan from beta

Being a VSAN beta tester I decided to upgrade to GA version as VMWare suggests for production sites. They say, it is not possible/supported to upgrade from beta to GA version, and I did not upgrade, ...
1
vote
2answers
75 views

How to send a snapshot of a VM

This may sound a bit simple and I could have it answered myself already but I just want to be sure in the process of sending someone a snapshot of my VM. So I am running vmware vsphere client version ...
1
vote
2answers
156 views

ESXi 5.1 crashing

I got a ESXi 5.1 installation which is irregularly crashing with a error output like the following: The server has got the following hardware: Supermicro X8DTN+ Mainboard 2 x Intel XEON E5606 6 x ...
0
votes
1answer
82 views

esxi host memory usage increasing

i am running esxi 5.5 with only one virtual mashine. At the beginning host memory consumed was 550 MB but after 3 days it increased to almost 1200 MB. My guest is using the same amount all the time. ...
13
votes
1answer
2k views

vSphere - Why upgrade VM Hardware Version?

At the beginning of the year we performed an upgrade of our vSphere environment from vSphere 5.0 to vSphere 5.1 U1 Build 1063329 compromised of about a dozen ESXi hosts and a vCenter instance hosted ...
1
vote
1answer
634 views

Deploying VM from vmdk / vmx file

I have a vmdk file and vmx file (and all the other files from someone elses datastore) copied onto my own data store. If I try to deploy from the vmx file, I get a vm with the name "unknown # ...
2
votes
2answers
262 views

Add RAM to VMware VM with scheduled task?

I need to add RAM to a web server on a production environment. The server is a Windows 2008 server VM running on ESXi 5 that does not support hot plugging of memory. I want to add RAM to it and it ...
1
vote
2answers
54 views

VMware EVC mode

I have a production cluster of 6 Nehalem based and two Sandy Bridge-EP based blade servers. To enable vmotion across this cluster in vmware, I need to lower the Sandy bridge blades to nahalham using ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

Unable to connect to ESXi 5.1 after upgrading to 5.1 U2

I upgraded my ESXi 5.1 U1 to ESXi 5.1 U2 using SSH, after upgrade complete and I restart the server I couldn't connect to the Server using vSphere Client but I could connect to it using SSH after few ...
1
vote
2answers
291 views

vSphere - Allocate 100% CPU to 1 VM / 88% efficiency [closed]

EDIT 2: My application benefits from hyper-threading A. Yes I know what the technology is and what it does B. Yes I know the difference between a physical core and a logical one C. Yes turning HT ...
3
votes
2answers
115 views

Does it make sense to create a “private” host-only network or vSwitch for VM-only communication on a VMware vSphere host?

Currently I have one vSwitch with a few networks on it, which talk to other devices and use VLAN tags. I have Internet, Internal, Management (VMKernel), and WWW (LB pool). However, for things like SQL ...
2
votes
1answer
60 views

Configuration Defaults for VMWare vSphere Virtual Machines

We have a number of hosts running VMWare ESXi 5.5 all attached to a vCenter instance. We access and manage all of our VMs with the vSphere Web Client. A number of people who do not necessarily have ...
1
vote
1answer
343 views

VMware ESXi upgrade from 4.1 to 5.1 Error: No Nic found with mac address

When upgrading from ESXi 4.1 to 5.1 the upgrade failed. I am receiving a handled error: There was a problem with the Network Device specified on the command line. Error: No NIC found with MAC ...
5
votes
6answers
2k views

How should I copy my VM templates between vSphere datacenters?

Background/Environment Architecture: My current environment for $corp_overlords$ is set up in a hub-and-spoke model with a technologically well-endowed home office hub (SAN, bladecenter/bladesystem ...
2
votes
2answers
258 views

Disk IO cutting out on Windows Server 2008 R2 running in VMWare

We've been trying to fix a problem with our server for about a week now. Only in the past few days have we really found out what the issue is. Just some information up front: We run a VM with a 3rd ...
0
votes
1answer
37 views

vmware tools - understanding guest active memory

I'm using vSphere 5.1. According to here, guest active memory in "Resouse Allocation" tab is: Amount of memory recently accessed From other hand, in "Performance" tab, active memory means from ...
6
votes
1answer
525 views

Why doesn't VMWare DRS automatically migrate VMs when a host is put in maintenance mode?

We have 4 ESXi 5.0 hosts in a VMWare cluster on shared storage (NFS) with DRS and HA on. We want to perform a memory upgrade on one of the hosts. We put that host in maintenance mode but DRS did not ...
2
votes
2answers
54 views

VMware: Push Changes from Base VM to a derived Snapshot

I have a base VM just with the operating system on it. There are snapshots of this VM with different installed applications. Now I'd like to provide several software updates to these snapshots. But I ...
0
votes
2answers
46 views

Managing several vcenter hosts from one vsphere window

I have a couple of VMware hosts, 4.x and 5.x, on different networks etc. Is it possible to manage them from one instance of vCenter (virtual appliance) 5.5.0? If so, where is the option to add them?
1
vote
2answers
278 views

Can I run vMotion traffic over iSCSI network ESXi 5.5

Is there anything wrong with using one vmkernel in a multipathed iSCSI setup for vMotion traffic as well as iSCSI? I have iSCSI storage setup using 2 vmkernels for MPIO. I'd like to use one of those ...
1
vote
1answer
371 views

VMWare vSwitch VLAN IDs and tagged/untagged ports

Similar to this question: What happens when a port is configured as ACCESS and is a part of VLAN 'X' and we get a packet of VLAN 'Y' on that port? Will the switch drop it or it will add a VLAN ...
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votes
3answers
170 views

How Reliable is Virtualization when compared to dedicated Hardware?

In my organisation we have plenty of mission critical servers and currently there is a debate whether for critical servers we should use VMWare vSphere 5 or have a dedicated hardware? The perception ...
0
votes
2answers
772 views

Possible to install vmware tools 5.5 on Ubuntu 12.04?

According to this pdf, it should be possible to install vmware tools 5.5 for Ubuntu 5.5, but the kernel versions doesn't match for vmware-tools-esx-kmods-3.2.0-29-generic-pae and the latest Ubuntu ...
0
votes
1answer
223 views

VMware vmx HDD boot order and CD-ROM boot order

In a VMWare .vmx file one can set a key to define the order of HDDs to try for booting, e.g.: bios.hddOrder = "scsi2:2,scsi0:1,ide1:0" This is useful when there are many possible bootable HDDs ...
0
votes
3answers
114 views

VMware Host needing ESXi 5.0 - Running on a 2008 R2 Host?

I have a VMWare image supplied by my Phone system provider which manages a contact management interface, they tell me that VMWare ESXi 5.0 is the highest supported host. I'm used to MS HyperV and ...
2
votes
1answer
229 views

Changing time intervals for vSphere performance monitoring, and is there a better way?

I have a set of experiments running on a cluster node which is running ESXi 5.1, and I want to monitor the resource consumption on the node itself. Specifically, I am currently running experiments on ...