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

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Are VMware ESXi 5 patches cumulative?

This seems basic, but I'm confused about the patching strategy involved with manually updating standalone VMware ESXi hosts. The VMware vSphere blog attempts to explain this, but the actual process is ...
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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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How to run VMWare ESX or ESXi in a virtual machine?

Can VMWare ESX or ESXi be installed and used inside a virtual machine? It can be installed inside VMWare Workstation or Server, but then it doesn't work; the main symptoms are: It runs REALLY ...
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Openfiler iSCSI performance

Hoping someone can point me in the right direction with some iSCSI performance issues I'm having. I'm running Openfiler 2.99 on an older ProLiant DL360 G5. Dual Xeon processor, 6GB ECC RAM, Intel ...
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vSphere education - What are the downsides of configuring VMs with *too* much RAM?

VMware memory management seems to be a tricky balancing act. With cluster RAM, Resource Pools, VMware's management techniques (TPS, ballooning, host swapping), in-guest RAM utilization, swapping, ...
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How to resize the disk of a Fedora guest VM in VMWare ESXi

How do I resize (specifically increase) the disk size of a Fedora guest VM running under VMWare ESXi 4.1? I have a Fedora 16 VM with an lvm2 formatted disk, and I've increased its disk size using the ...
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Move VMware ESXi VM to new datastore - preserve thin-provisioning

I'm looking for a good solution to a VMware ESXi environment issue where there's no vCenter available. What's the best way to move a VM from one datastore to another on a single ESXi host, while ...
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Best filesystem choices for NFS storing VMware disk images

Currently we use an iSCSI SAN as storage for several VMware ESXi servers. I am investigating the use of an NFS target on a Linux server for additional virtual machines. I am also open to the idea of ...
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How to find out more hardware details using only ESXi4.1 and (possibly) shell

Running ESXi4.1 on an HP machine, with only remote access to the host ssh shell and the vmware console (no iLO), is there a way to gather a hardware report from the server? I am specifically ...
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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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VMware ESXi shutdown triggered by APC UPS connected via USB

I am shipping a bunch of ESXi 5.1 servers to remote offices where they will be powered via APC UPS. I would like to have the UPS trigger a shutdown of the connected server - I would then rely on the ...
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Why VM snapshots are affecting performance?

I read in one of the VMware KB articles that snapshots will directly affect VM performance. But my team keeps asking me how snapshots can affect performance. I would like to give them solid reason ...
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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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VMware lockup CPU spike

After a CPU usage spike, the host server for VMWare ESXi 5.5 became unresponsive regarding the DRAC, Network, and cluster membership. The host is a blade module is Dell PowerEdge M820 in a Dell ...
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Is there a way to clone an existing VM on an ESXi server without having to re-import it?

I have imported a VM into an ESXi server using the VMware "Converter stand alone utility". However, this process is a little tedious. Since I eventually want several copies of this VM (or, to be ...
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VMware Distributed vSwitches (VDS) - Design, theory, *real* use cases and examples?

I'm starting to explore VMware Distributed Switches (dvSwitches or VDS) for use in existing and new installations. Assume VMware version 5.1 and newer with Enterprise Plus licensing. Prior to this, I'...
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How to manage a global VM startup order across the whole datacenter?

Suppose you have a fully virtualized VMware infrastructure: ESXi, vCenter, vMotion, HA, DRS, the whole package. Inside, you have lots of VMs, which at any given time may reside on one host or another ...
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Monitor ESXi hosts with Nagios

Does anyone recommend any methods for monitoring ESXi 4.1 hosts with Nagios? I have looked into SNMP but it seems to be in a pretty sorry state. Net-SNMP does not seem to be included and there is a ...
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In VMware ESXi 5.x, does it make a difference if I select 2 CPU cores vs. 2 CPU sockets?

Title pretty much says it all. I'm just wondering if this makes a difference in the way VMs will process things and if one method is preferable vs. another.
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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 ...
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Disk shrink does not work on ESXi guests

EHLO everyone! My first post on the StackOverflow network :) We're running some ESXi 5.0/vCenter infrastructure to host mainly Debian 6/amd64 guest systems with ext3 partitions and open-vm-tools ...
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How do you passthrough native SATA drives to a guest on ESXi?

I have ESXi 4.0 running on an Intel DX58S0 Mothboardboard with an Intel Core i7 930 processor. VT-d is also enabled. I have three drives in the system, drive 0 is used for ESXi. Drive 1 and 2 ...
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How do I delete ESXi vm snapshots using the least additional space possible?

We have a tree of about 15 snapshots of a virtual machine that runs Win2k8, as you may guessed our datastore is soon to run out of space. My objective is to delete all the snapshots, as it seems it ...
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Options for managing Smart Array P400 on an ESXi 5 host

I'm about to install ESXi 5.0U2 on a RAID10 exposed by an HP Smart Array P400i. (The server is a DL580 G5.) However, I notice that the ROM-based utility lacks many of the features of the browser-...
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Hardware firewall vs VMware firewall appliance

We have a debate in our office going on whether it's necessary to get a hardware firewall or set up a virtual one on our VMWare cluster. Our environment consists of 3 server nodes (16 cores w/ 64 GB ...
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Monitoring Dell/HP Servers Running ESXi (Free)

What are you all doing to monitor ESXi servers that run the free edition? With the lack of SNMP support, it seems fairly limited to me. What'd I'd like to be able to do is get some type of alert when ...
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How do you monitor your HP hardware while running virtual servers?

Our organization servers are mostly not virtualized and we have been using HP System Management, System insight manager to get hardware health from the servers. This system works well and we like it. ...
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How is the /altbootbank/ partition used in ESXi?

I'm aware that ESXi maintains two copies of its boot partition, /bootbank and /altbootbank, and that /altbootbank is more or less a backup copy of /bootbank, which is the running copy. What I'm not ...
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vmware server end of life, where to go now?

We have some virtual machines on vmware server 2.x running on 64 bit hardware and quite happy with it. As vmware server will no longer be offered we are thinking to migrate to ESXi, which seems is ...
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How to shutdown a virtual machine on ESXi5 over an ssh terminal session?

How can I shutdown a virtual machine when I am on the commandline of an ESXi5 host over ssh? Sidenote: To enable scripts on other machines to login to the ESXi without password, add the public ...
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ESXi 4.1 slow file transfer

My problem is that when I transfer files to or from 2 of my ESXi 4.1 servers using Veeam's FastSCP utility, the transfer seems to be limited to about 5 MBs when I can transfer the same file from the ...
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Should VMware HA Admission Control be enabled for small (2/3-host) clusters?

Take the following common scenario... A basic vSphere cluster running two or three hosts, shared storage and a token set of virtual machines under Essentials Plus or greater licensing. Should HA ...
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Software RAID underneath ESXi datastore

I'm building an virtual environment for a small business. It is based around a single ESXi 5.1 host, which will host half a dozen or so VMs. I'm having some doubts regarding how to implement the ...
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Monitor LSI 3ware raid controller on ESXi

This concerns a server that runs ESXi (v. 4.x or 5.x) installed on drives that are configured into a raid10 using an LSI 3ware 97050 raid controller. I would like to know if there is a way to monitor ...
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How to detect, in the guest operating system, if the vmware tools are out of date?

I'm trying to find a generic way of checking, in the guest operating system of a virtual machine, if the VMware Tools are out of date. The best way I have found so far has been to check the output of ...
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Network configuration for VMware w/ vMotion and a single switch

We'll soon have to come up with something working out of these: 1x new server with 6 ethernet interfaces 2x old servers with 4 ethernet interfaces vSphere Essentials Plus on those 3 servers 1x dual ...
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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 ...
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How to export a VMware ESXi 5 VM into a file to restore it later?

As I've bought a server it had a RAID controlleer which was not supported by VMWare ESXi 5, so I had to install it in a bare non-RAID configuration. Now as I've bought a supported RAID controller I am ...
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Are there any disadvantages to unusual RAM amounts for virtual machines?

This is going to seem like a silly question, but many many years ago I somehow got it into my head, perhaps from reading an article or speaking to people 'in the know' that a computer should not be ...
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Determining the name of the VMware host of a VM guest - from the guest

Is it possible to determine the name of the VMware host (ESX or ESXi) that my guest resides in, from within the guest itself? I would expect this to be possible via VMware Tools, but am not sure ...
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Can a single Virtual Core on a VM use more then 1 physical core?

I have a server running dual quad core cpu's with hyper threading. We have a Windows 2003 VM and it has a single core. when using prime95 I notice that it tops out at about 2.3Ghz (each Core is 3ghz ...
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Very strange problem with VMDK thin/thick disks

I have some ESXi (4.1) virtual machines which were initially created using thin-provisioned disks, but where then physically moved to different datastores (all of them iSCSI); since these are stand-...
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How to install (old) packages for Ubuntu 9.04?

Based on some excellent feedback by Mark here (http://serverfault.com/questions/285598/should-i-clone-a-physical-server-to-create-a-vm-for-a-staging-server), today I was able to use the vmware ...
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HP Proliant DL180 G6 - Smart Array P410, bay 11 error

I've been trying to search over ther internet for a solution to fix this. I'm the new IT person for my organization and our previous IT have not kept any records on certain things. I do understand, ...
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How common are Intel igb NIC drivers/cards, compared to Intel e1000, etc.?

I'm troubleshooting VMware ESXi host network and connectivity issues stemming from the use of Intel NICs who require the igb driver. The chipset is Intel Corporation 82576. VMware has a few ...
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New standalone ESXi 5 deployments - USB versus SD card?

Now that the old full VMWare ESX with service console is no longer, I'm redeploying some standalone ESXi servers. I'm using HP ProLiant ML and DL G6 and G7 servers. Does it make more sense to utilize ...
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How do I make sure VMware Tools is installed and running?

[root@tst-01 ~]# rpm -qa |grep vmware vmware-tools-libraries-nox-8.6.0-2.x86_64 vmware-tools-foundation-8.6.0-4.x86_64 vmware-tools-libraries-x-8.6.0-2.x86_64 [root@tst-01 ~]# ps aux |grep vmware root ...
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Why is VMware ESXi 5.5 crashing?

I have a 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 databases,...
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VMWare ESXi 3.5 “Could not power on VM: No space left on device”

We have several VMWare ESXi boxes, and on some we get this message when trying to power on virtuals: "Could not power on VM: No space left on device Failed to power on VM" The Datastore is 67G, we ...
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Why is the 9650SE RAID1 not showing the full size of the disks?

This is a follow-on to How can I grow a 3Ware 9650SE RAID1 under ESXi 5.0? I've successively replaced 1TB drives in my RAID1 with 2TB drives hoping that I can grow the datastore I've got in ESXi 5.0. ...