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

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P2V - Cold Clone ISO

I need to cold clone a physical box in a VMWare environment. What are people using for this these days? My preference is for VMWare's vConverter ISO, but it appears that this was discontinued. It's ...
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Vagrant with VMware ESXi Provider

I am attempting to work with Vagrant and the vagrant-vsphere plugin to deploy machines to my VMware ESXi server. Has anyone had any luck in getting this to work? I realize that vagrant-vsphere is ...
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File .vmx not found error when trying to create a VM snapshot after removing an independent volume

I had had a Windows VM having a second virtual drive configured as an independant volume placed on a second datastore on a VMWare ESXi 5 server. Then I have removed the second drive by removing it in ...
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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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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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How can I disable NTP in pfsense?

I am running my pfSense gateway in a ESXi server. right now the server gets its time from the NTP server specified in the general settings section of the WebGUI. I want to disable this so pfSense ...
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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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Why is VMware ESXi 5.5 crashing?

I have an home lab ESXi 5.5 box. I've been using VMware for several years and it has been rock solid stable. However I've had a few crashes today. I am building lots of VMs and doing a lot of I/O with ...
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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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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 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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Possible to use a console cable from a Cisco ASA and use it interactively with ESXi?

I'm creating procedures to deploy a Cisco ASA and an ESXi machine to remote locations where no local tech contacts are available. I think it may be a wise idea to connect the console cable from the ...
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Imaging VM to multiple ESXi

I am trying to create an image of my VM from one ESXi to multiple ESXis. I have read a lot of posts and followed many suggestions. EG. using VEEAM backup, converting to OVF, and copying the VDMK ...
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How to configure network adapter on ESXi?

When I create a VM on the ESXi Server, I go through VM-->Settings and select Network Adapter, but under Network Connection, I only have a drop-down box with a single VM Network selection, and when I ...
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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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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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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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VmwareESXi Vlans, Cisco devices and broadcast making the things odd

I'm having problem for some days trying to make a correct configuration Right now I have a Cisco Catalyst switch, a Cisco Router 2811 and a VMware ESXi node with 4-8 VM (Linux,BSD, Windows), each ...
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What does this mean: “SATP VMW_SATP_LOCAL does not support device configuration”?

Can anyone tell me what this means in ESXi 5.1?: SATP VMW_SATP_LOCAL does not support device configuration I've googled it and I get a lot of results, but as yet all the pages that contain the ...
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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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Why don't people just use rsync to back up vmware guests?

If I am running a modern vmware ESXi system, I can drop in a statically linked rsync binary and rsync files to any destination over SSH. I'm trying to understand why most (all ?) backup of vmware ...
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Resizing of volumes used as VMWare NFS datastores causes Linux VM issues

We had to perform a live volume resize of an NFS datastores VMWare uses on our Netapp. All of our Windows VMs were fine after the resize. However, some of our Linux VMs had issues. Some Linux VMs ...
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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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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. ...
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iexplorer.exe high CPU/RAM usage

My client has a virtual Server 2008 R2 terminal server running under ESXi 5.1. This server has, which been in production for around 4 months, experiences intermittent slowness / non-responsiveness ...
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VMWare ESXi 5.5, thin provision still allocates full amount of space on disk

I see a lot of questions and answers surrounding thin provisioning on VMWare ESXi but not exactly what I'm encountering. I am creating a brand new VM and specifying a 100GB thin provisioned hard ...
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SSH - Connection refused [closed]

I have setup on a server VMware ESXi 5.5.0. I have add the operating system Oracle Linux 5 I'm trying to setup ssh for local computers that runs on Ubuntu. But I get the error Connection refused. I ...
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VMware ESXi CentOS 6.4 kickstart installation

I was trying to do a kickstart installation for CentOS 6.4 but it always show me a warning of re-initializing the HDD as it say may contain invalid partition table or a virtual disk. I have added ...
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ESXi 5.5 crash on passthrough

HW: whitebox i7-4771 on gigabyte Z87X-UD5H, Adaptec 6085H sas controller VT-d and VT-x enabled in bios. Problem: Freshly installed ESXi 5.5 update 1 Mark sas controller for passthrough, reboot ...
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Untangle running on ESXi sending tagged VLAN to Cisco switch not working

basically here is my setup: [Host A] = A hypervisor running ESXi 5.0 [Switch A] = A Cisco 2960-S Series 48 port switch [Switch B] = A Cisco 2960-S Series 48 port switch [P-Router] = *A physical ...
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ESXi disaster recovery plan

I have a Vmware infrastructure where I am using the free version of Esxi 5 . I cannot as a result use vmotion and the other cool features that come with a paid ESXI. I am using snapshots for the ...
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Spanned datastore - Is there way to find out on which specific LUN(s) resides flat .vmdk file?

vSphere SDK guide tells that: "If any of the LUNs within a VMFS volume fails or becomes unavailable, only virtual machines with data on that LUN are affected. All other virtual machines with virtual ...
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apcupsd slave client keeps loosing and restoring communications with UPS master

On a VMWare ESXI 5.0.0 (vSphere Hypervisor - the free version) I have three server images. All running CentOS 6 - Linux. All are configured to run the apcupsd ( http://www.apcupsd.org/ ) daemon for ...
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What happens when the USB key or SD card I've installed VMware ESXi on fails?

An SD (SDHC) card installed in an HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 server running VMware ESXi just failed :( I encountered some ominous looking messages on the vCenter console and in the HP ProLiant ILO event ...
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HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i ESXi performance issue

One of our small offices was in need of a small server to perform certain tasks. Because the noise and size an of a regular server i went with the HP ProLiant Microserver Gen8 G1610T. Witch i expected ...
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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 ...
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Trouble configuring standard VLANs on BNT G8264 and ESXi 5.5

I have a BNT (now an IBM) RackSwitch G8264 and am having problems trying to get standard VLANs configured and working with my two ESXi 5.5 hosts. I've followed the documentation (which can be found ...
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Should new Linux VMs under ESXi 5.5 mount their filesystems with discard option?

When creating new Linux virtual machines using recent (>= 2014) distributions in VMware ESXi 5.5, should they mount their filesystems with the discard option ? I make the assumption that the VM's ...
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Setup DMZ in Pfsense with virtual servers, physical Pfsense server

I am looking for some networking tips on how to set up a DMZ in Pfsense and place some virtual servers in that DMZ. Right now my network looks like: Uverse (Static IPs) -> Pfsense -> WAN -> (Virtual ...
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pfSense in VMWare Cannot Access Web Control

I'm running VMWare ESXi Free on a rented box. I have 2 physical NICs, 1 connected to the Internet, one connected to the Private Network in our DC. Each NIC is connected to a vSwitch and each vSwitch ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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Ideal iSCSI setup [closed]

We are experiencing slowness and I am fairly new to using SANs so I would like some help with this. First off, I don't think this will fully solve our issue, but I would like to focus on our iSCSI ...
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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 ...
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Server 2012 slow performance on ESXi 5.5

I'm having performance issues with a virtual Server 2012 that is installed on an ESXi 5.5 (HP-ESXi-5.5.0-iso-5.71.3). The hardware server is an HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8. The server 2012 is acting as ...
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Storage vMotion fails with error 0xbad0060 (Necessary module isn't loaded)

We ran into the following problem: we added a new LUN to our small SAN when we upgraded from ESX 4.1 to ESXi 5.0. We wanted to move a number of VMs from one LUN to the other using storage vMotion. One ...
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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 ...