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

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VMWare vSphere packet loss

I have a Dell Blade Enclosure with 14 blades and ESXi 5.5 on it. On blade 7 and 14 I have round about 65 % packet loss when I ping the ESXi Management interface. On all other blades there ist no ...
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Eucalyptus or OpenNebula or… for a Linux and Windows build server private cloud

We are setting up an 8-machine build farm. Most of these builds need to happen on a specific flavor of Linux (Fedora 10 as of now), while some of them will happen on several different Windows VMs. We ...
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“Unballooning” RAM that's been ballooned by VMware

Given the constrained RAM situation described in this question, what is the cleanest method (manual or programmatically) to: Identify VMware virtual machines whose RAM has been reclaimed by the ...
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How does VMware ESXi differentiate thick-lazy and thick-eager vmdk

I'm using ESXi 6.0.0, and come up with a question. How does ViClient/ESXi know if a thick vmdk is lazy zeroed or eager zeroed? I checked the .vmdk content(several hundred bytes) from command-line ...
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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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Definition of CPU Ready for vmware ESXi host compared to CPU Ready for a guest?

We had a guest with poor performance. CPU Usage and CPU Ready for the guest was within normal range. For the host the CPU Usage were normal (70%), but the CPU Ready for the host seems to correlate ...
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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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“Disk Not Found” Error when trying to install iso image of CentOs on ESXI using VSphere

When trying to install CentOs setup as an iso image on datastore, i get an error : "Disk Not Found". I am using ESXi 4.1 as host VM. Is there a way to attach DVD/CD as iso image ? I tried "Connect at ...
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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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How to monitor and rebuild hardware RAID in ESXi?

I'm currently putting together some ideas for a new VMHost using ESXi with RAID 5 to replace 3 aging ESXi hosts that have no RAID. However I can't seem to find any good info explaining how to monitor ...
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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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Guest VMs cant reach each other on Different ESXi Servers

I have two vSphere EXSI 6 servers both setup with the same vSwitchs and connected to the same physical switches Server 1: eth0 => vlan143 (mapped to CORE/Management vSwitch) eht1 => vlan140 ...
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Determine which server in VM environment to forward request to based on host header(s) on one network adapter [on hold]

As the question title states: I'm trying to figure out how to discern which web server to pass network traffic to based on the host header of said request. I'm working with one network adapter on the ...
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handle fork bomb on a virtualized environment XenServer / “FreeBSD jails”

I am used to work with FreeBSD jails but I wanted to give a try to XenServer 5.5 / Vmware ESXI 5, hoping it can really limit resources per VM, after installing a couple of Virtual Machines, I tried to ...
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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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Remote desktops scenario - Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V RDS/VDI or VMware ESXi with Win7 guests?

I wasn't sure whether this question should be asked here or over in Super User... I'd like some guidance for setting up a Remote Desktop scenario for users in a reliable yet cost-effective way. ...
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Export OVF fails with “File not found” error

Good morning/afternoon/evening all: I am having an issue with a single Virtual machine when it comes to exporting an OVA/OVF. I recieve a "File not found" error that appears to be pointing in the ...
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Remove all Snapshots Stuck at 25% for the past 14 hours ESXi 5.1

I have an ESXi 5.1 host server with a Server 2012 VM server which I am monitoring remotely that hosts the email application Domino. I was using a third party VM backup software called Iperius which I ...
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Does renaming Virtual server automatically rename vmdk file

I have been using vmware for years, not sure why I dont know the answer to this one. If I rename my virtual machine, simply right click, rename and rename the sever, does that rename the vmdk file as ...
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Most Secure Way To Setup Virtualized pfSense Gateway

I currently have a pfSense router and am interested in virtualizing it because of the plethora of benefits of virtualization. I am interested in doing this in the most secure way possible and have ...
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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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GhettoVCB snapshot failures on ESXI 4.0 - 4.1

i got a problem today. A few hours ago, i updated my esxi to version 4.1 from 4.0. My aim was to get a backup from my vm's with ghettoVCB.sh even if there are snapshots of the vm. (at 4.0 that did not ...
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hot plug sata to ESXi 5 server

Is it possible to hot plug an eSATA drive to an ESXi 5 server? I'm exploring backup solutions and hoping to hot add a datastore, copy my VM's over, then hotunplug.
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ESXi network setup for VMs which connect to the Internet through PfSense [closed]

Using ESXi v6 with the following setup: One standard Switch: vSwitch0 vSwitch0 has one uplink physical adapter (Internet connected, and this is the only physical adapter) vSwitch0 VM Network has 3 ...
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Increase RAM usage for IIS server

I am running a large scale ERP system on the following server configuration. The application is developed using AngularJS and ASP.NET 4.5 Dell PowerEdge R730 (Quad Core 2.7 Ghz, 32 GB RAM, 5 x 500 GB ...
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remount a iSCSI datastore in ESXI host after network faillure

I run ESXI 5.1 and all my virtual machines are in a NAS mapped by iSCI datastore. My router broke and obviously all the vm's where cut from their disks. What I understand is that when such event ...
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VMware deploy OVF template causes vApps error

I have a VMware vSphere essentials license, which includes one license for vCenter Operations Manager Foundation. When I try to deploy the OVF template of vCenter Operations Manager Foundation, I ...
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Moving a QLogic fiberchannel card from one ESXi host to another

We are trying to upgrade an DL360 G6 ESXi host with a DL360p G8. The G6 has a Qlogic ISP2532 FC card inside and everything works fine. Since I don't have a spare FC card, I need to use the same card ...
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Boot from VMware snapshot file after accidentally deleting related snapshots

I'll preface this with the obvious: I am dumb. I am currently working from home on some scheduled maintenance on a production server running on a vm -- a bitnami redmine/svn stack to be specific. I ...
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Can't query most DNS servers from ESXi guests

I'm having some issues doing DNS lookups against most DNS servers from the guests on my ESXi 5.5 host. I'm saying most because I can do DNS lookups just fine against the DNS servers I've configured ...
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CentOS7 install on ESXi6 shows blank black screen after selecting install or test from menu

I'm trying to install a fresh version of CentOS7 on a new ESXi host we have setup. I can create the VM just fine, and select the CentOS7 ISO from the datastore. Once I boot the VM up and open the ...
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Backup CentOS VM on Remote Server without snapshots

I have a VM with CentOS Server installed, which is for Email and Web Services, on a free esxi. The entire esxi has 2 TB usable and the CentOS server has 1.5 TB provisioned. Another CentOS VM that runs ...
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RHEL6.1 VM machines frozen when a quiesced snapshot is created for backup purpose

My RHEL 6.1 virtual machines running on ESXi hosts 5.1.0 get frozen when the backup procedure tries to get a quiesced snapshot. I have to reset the virtual machines from VMware console. The tool used ...
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Monitoring PERC 6/i in vMware ESXi 5.5

I currently have a Dell Poweredge 2950 running ESXi 5.5. My datastore is four drives in RAID 5 configured in the PERC 6/i config utility on bootup. My question is, what do I do if/when one of these ...
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Emulating a different CPU architecture per a VM on VMware ESXI

I currently have a VMWare ESXI server. We plan on having some build machines for compiling and testing software however we've run into a problem. All of the CPUs that the software will end up ...
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persisting esxi /bootbank/boot.cfg across reboots

i have a serial console connected to my esxi 5.5 server. and the configs work fine for the pxe install. however, upon reboot my console no longer works: i believe i need to change the file ...
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Unable to revert snapshot: “the vendor of the processors in this machine is not the same”

Recently we moved to a new Intel-based ESXi 6.0 server from an older ESXi 5.5 AMD-based server, both with 64bit processors. We just copied the VMs folders from the old server to the new one, then ...
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VMwre ESXi 5 - Hardware Health Status shows “Unknown”

I have a Cisco UCSC-C220-M3SBE server that runs ESXi 5.0.0 to run 2 VMs for Cisco CUCM and Cisco Unity. It is a standalone host, no vcenter. If I go into the Configuration tab, then Health Status I ...
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What is a reliable stress-test tool for Dell R820 running VMware ESXi?

We have a Dell PowerEdge R820 running VMware ESXi that has had multiple CPU errors over the past two months. It was originally having an IERR on CPU1 and now is showing CPU Check errors for CPU3. I ...
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how to “configure host” in MegaRaid Storage manager 13.01.04.00

I have created a virtual machine on ESxi host and installed Megaraid Storage manager on the virtual machine. i can see local host dicovered on MSM but when i configure Esxi host ip and try discovering ...
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Problems with IBM BladeCenter E type 8677

We have an IBM BladeCenter E server with three blades, today I've tried to manage it through telnet, after logout it does not respond on its default "Management Module" address (it was set to ...
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CPU frequency governor for virtualized guest in VMware

CPU frequency governor can scale the CPU frequency up or down in order to save resources. In a physical server usually have sense, but I don't know if this is applicable for a virtual guest running ...
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vmware iscsi adapter not seeing LUNS

Have three virtually identical boxes. However one box after enabling the storage adapter and adding dynamic targets (where it actually sees the targets) after a rescan I still don't see the available ...
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New-VM cmdlet stalls when create a new VM (works fine in vCenter)

Not sure were the issue is here. I can interactively create a VM in vCenter with exactly the same settings and it creates the VM like instantly. I just tried to do this with New-VM and it stalled at ...
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setting up modern IE vm's in esxi from nfs datastore without laptop having to be open all the time

i'm setting up a esxi machine at work, but I've got some troubles. For installing, I've got a local datastore, this doesnt give problems. But, I'm using the microsoft modern IE windows versions, I ...
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SSL error in VMWare ESXi 5.5 when trying to add Host to VCenter

Recently I installed a new VMWare EsXi 5.5 Server in an ASUS Server with 32GB of RAM, I have a couple of tplink additional NICs and had to add the drivers from VMWARE bundle to original ISO and rebuil ...
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Add date using echo without calculating [closed]

I should add the line to /var/spool/cron/crontabs/root on my ESXi: /bin/echo "0 3 * * 6 /ghettoVCB-master/ghettoVCB.sh -g /ghettoVCB-master/text.conf -f /ghettoVCB-master/text.list > ...
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How to force power off a VM in vCenter web console?

When right click a VM in the vCenter web console I only get the option to "Shut Down Guest OS". When I connect directly to the host and look at the VM I have both options to "Power Off" and "Shut ...
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ProFTPD on ESXI 6.0 [closed]

I'm running ESXI 6.0 and I've installed ProFTPD according to this tutorial on my server to gain ftp access. It works however after 3 hours or so I won't be able to connect to it anymore and I'm ...
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Monitor DELL hardware on VMware ESXi 5.5 server

Despite researching this topic quite a bit online (to be fair I'm not a full time sysadmin) I'm unable to figure this out. We have a bunch of VMWare ESXi 5.5 servers, some of which are integrated ...