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

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VMXNET3 nic loses the ability to update ARP table after N hours

I have a fedora 18 VM that stops updating the arp table on eth1 after running for a number of hours to days. There are other VMs on the same hypervisor that can access all of the same networks without ...
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Automating Configuration of VMware's vSwitch (OpenStack/libvirt/Nova)

There's a lot of talk now about VMware integrating with OpenStack now. I've noticed that Nova network service is working with VMware's standard and vDS. Deploying a full OpenStack instance is not ...
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Error connecting ESX 5.0.0 to domain

I am trying to connect an ESX 5.0.0 to our Domain Controler, in order to give a Domain group specific roles security. But I do not see any groups after the host connects to the domain. Under ...
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When using the puppet node init command, are the parameters to specify in the answers.install file

On puppet-enterprise version 3.3.1, I am attempting to use the puppet node init command on a VMware puppet master node hosted on a VMware VSphere client with VCenter 5.1.0. My puppet master node has ...
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Add Zabbix S.M.A.R.T. monitor to ESXi 5

I have a ESXi 5.1 host with 3 Hard Disk (1 SSD, 2 Magnetic) and I want to monitor them, especially for the S.M.A.R.T Data, that is critical and preannunce an HDD break. Since I'm really unfamiliar ...
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Why is %si (soft interrupt) in top so high on my VM when I run iperf?

When I run iperf as a client on a CentOS 5 VM running under vmware, why do I see such high %si values in top? We have more experience running Xen and XenServer, and a almost identical centos install ...
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Grow the VMFS Datastore in to the new space using the vmkfstools fails

I followed Growing a local datastore from the command line to grow my local datastore from the command line. Everything went fine, except Step 11. In my case: vmkfstools --growfs ...
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Since I migrated vCenter to 5.1, some vms are migrating again and again

Yesterday I upgraded my vCenter to the last version 5.1 and I had to reconnect the hosts (running esx 5.0, last patches) Since I migrated, 5 vms (always the same) are vMotionned from host to host and ...
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Downloaded -flat.vmdk from snapshoted machine is different everytime

I have a virtual machine running on VMware ESXi 4.1.0, machine has one Thick provisioned disk stored in VM forder (residing on local datastore). I am planning to move the virtual machine to another ...
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ESXi - serial console as default console

I have headless Supermicro server with IPMI as my ESXi 5 but I would like to use serial console as default console for ESXi instead of accessing it via IPMI VGA console redirection. I have some ...
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Performance Implications of running multiple Virtual Servers using one base virtual disk?

I tried looking through old questions, but couldn't find one that hit this exact question. In VmWare's documentation on Snapshots, they mention utilizing them for a "process tree" setup. This would ...
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Massively large number of packets dropped by interface

I have a virtual machine on ESXi 5 acting as a firewall for a PBX, it is running vyatta. When I run tcpdump on any interface, I get some ridiculous numbers! e.g. 4 packets captured 402 packets ...
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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, ...
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Upload from VMware Workstation 10 to ESXi 5.1 fails consistently with `Upload failed: Execution aborted.`

Situation: VMware Workstation 10 on Windows 8.1 ESXi 5.1 on HP XW6600 Connecting by IPv4 IP address (i.e. no DNS resolution is used) Both connected to the same physical Gigabit router Just ...
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HP LeftHand StoreVirtual VSA host affinity

I am testing the HP LeftHand StoreVirtual VSA for ESXi 5.x (a 3 nodes setup, hosting the VMs in the same hosts that have the VSA appliances). Is there a way to define some sort of 'ESXi host to VSA ...
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Adding external datastore to esxi, expanding datastore

I have an esxi 5.1 on a 1U server, accessed using vSphere. There are two 160G HDD's inside on RAID1. I'm looking to expand the number of VM's and the required storage is going to exceed this paltry ...
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com.mysql.jdbc.exceptions.jdbc4.CommunicationsException: Communications link failure between Java app & database VMs

Am getting increasingly frequent JDBC Communications link failure errors between a Glassfish 3 + Java 7 server VM and a MySQL 5.6 Both VMs are hosted on the same ESXi 5.5 enterprise host (as part of a ...
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Wrong time on RODC after dcpromo

My team has been experiencing this strange problem: After doing dcpromo (followed by reboot), the time on the newly promoted RODC rolls back to the year 2011. Before dcpromo, the time is correct. ...
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Fresh ESXi Install, Strange Routes

Hoping someone can explain and/or confirm this in their ESXi setup. On a fresh install of ESXi, when I ssh in and run esxcfg-route -l, I see the following: Network Netmask Gateway ...
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Vmware Nas slow transfer rates/IOPS

I have built a test environment with a Synology RS812+ and an old HP140 server which has a gigabit nic installed. I have dedicated one nic to the network to DHCP and the direct to NAS from the server ...
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SQL Server 2012 Cluster BSOD

I'm trying to set up a SQL Server 2012 SP1 "AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instance" on top of a Windows Server 2012 R2 cluster (cl01) consisting of 2x 2012 R2 nodes (sql1 and sql2). Hosted on VMWare ESXi ...
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Why is there no output being returned from my check_esx_cim plugin?

I've got several ESXi hosts running v5.0.0-469512 . I'm monitoring these hosts using Icinga. Recently I had to re-install one of these ESXi hosts and after re-installing I can't get all of my ...
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Сan I use IOMMU for VT-d to give each virtual machine one at a time GPU?

If I use VMWare with 4 virtual-machines and 4 GPUs (nVidia Quadro/Tesla), then can I give (move) some devices to different virtual-machines for each by a single card? If I have one of these CPU, then ...
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Tuning performance in Windows Services for NFS — slow write performance from client to server

Background: I'm using a NFS datastore in esxi5.1 to do some ghettoVCB backups. The NFS share resides on a Windows Server 2008R2 box, using Windows Services for NFS to distribute the share. Writes to ...
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Upgrading from ESXi5.0 to ESXi5.1 Host Profile Incompliance

When we are upgrading from ESXi5.0 to ESXi5.1 we get these 2 warnings in the summary of eache upgraded host: “Associated Host Profile contains NIC teaming reverse policy settings that cannot be ...
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VMWare ESXi 5.0 Networking Issue

I have an issue with 2 new ESXi hosts. OS - ESXi5.0 Custom Dell ISO patched up to Build 1024429 DELL R820 with 1G network 2 ports from integrated MB NIC(Intel) connected to 2 juniper switches, one is ...
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tftpd-hpa inside VMware server fails to deliver files for PXEBoot

I've a PXE server for network installation. Everything was working fine until we virtualized the server using VMware ESXi 5.1. When we try to boot a machine through the network, it got an IP from the ...
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How do providers auto scale VMs when powered by VMWare

I'm trying to figure out what component of vSphere or other VMWare product is used to manage automatic scaling of resources for individual VMs in the way that these two providers describe: ...
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Can't complete interrupted update of ESXi 5 to U2

I've been trying to do an interactive update of VMware ESXi 5.0.0 update 1 to 5.0.0 update 2 via the installer image burned to a DVD. The first time I ran the update, all seemed to go fine at first. ...
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VCenter Upgrade Does not work

Task/Details We need to upgrade our Vcenter enviornment from v4.1.0 Build Number: 799345 to v4.1.0 Update 3 Build Number: 816786 Problem After backing up the database and the SSL certificates we ...
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Windows XP VM on VMWare ESXi 4.1 “pausing” / blocked occasionally

We have an issue with Windows XP SP3 VMs on VMWare ESXi 4.1.0 (the free version): They sometimes seem to "pause" for several minutes. This happens rarely (maybe once a week per VM, we don't always ...
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LUNs disappear after rebooting the ESX/ESXi host

A single LUN among from a group disappeared following the ESXI host restart. Neither the host nor the Vcenter can see it. I have four virtual machines on the LUN hiden now showing just unknown from ...
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ESXi 4.1 CentOS 6.X eth0 unnavailable

I don't usually ask for help so directly, usually google have all i need but this time i'm seriously lost. Hope you can help me .s The thing is, i have a server with Vmware ESXi 4.1 and 5 already ...
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Force ESX(i) to check the consistency of your bootbank/boot.cfg

I recall once copying a bad tgz file to my bootbank and specifying to load it in boot.cfg. Needless to say this was bad - Purple Screen of Death, no boot, bad - and I should have been more careful. ...
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VMWare VMs not autostarting after reboot

I have an issue where my VMs do not auto-start after an ESXi reboot. They are all properly configured to auto-start, but after rebooting the ESXi they are still off -- I have to manually go and hit ...
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Cannot connect to Vsphere Webclient

I have a problem connection to the VCenter Web Client. I can connect and do some administration from the VLAN that the Vcenter server is on and this is working fine. But if I connect from our client ...
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How do I start a VM Host Console from the ESXI shell

is it possible to start a vm host console from the ESXI management console? I'm thinking of a command like vim-cmd vmsvc/start_console but didn't found anything that fits Thanks thorsten
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High packet in discard percentage

We have several servers running VMWare ESXi 4 on which are virtual machines running OpenSUSE and Windows 2008r2. We also have a server monitoring these vm's using OpenNMS. For several of the OpenSUSE ...
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Should I consolidate multiple identical VMs into BSD jails?

We run a number of Openfire XMPP/Jabber servers. Due to the way Openfire works, we cannot easily run multiple Openfire instances on one server, so I have 5 identical VMware ESXi VMs, each with CentOS, ...
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Delivering EMC ISM by NETLAB+

I have made an EMC class with 15 students on NETLAB+. I have done the Pod cloning and assigned a single linked Pod to each student. But when students log into the class, everybody is connected, like ...
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Increasing collection level for performance counters in vCenter 5

I want to simply increase the collection level of some of the Network performance counters to 4, when I look in performance for the host, and click 'Advanced', switch to look at the Network ...
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How to keep ip parametersafter updating network card on Windows?

I have several windows server running as a VM on ESX 4. After updating network card from flexible to e1000, I need to reconfigure ip parameter in the VM. Is there anyway to keep those parameters on ...
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Setting up a VM to use a different IP range than vSphere/ESXI host

I currently have a server that is running vSphere 5 (ESXi). My management interface (VMKernel) has an address of 173.198.215.78 and the gateway on that one is 173.198.215.78. It appears to be set up ...
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Equallogic ESXI 4.1 Slow read performance

We experience a slow read performance with a high read latency in vSphere/ESXi on our Equallogic iSCSI array (14x 750gb in RAID10). We checked already very much but cannot find anything. Setup: ...
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how to deal with backup & restore of private cloud environment?

using Cloudstack OSS - with NFS as storage backend.... How to deal with VM image backup and restore? snapshot backup is preferred softwares like PHD Virtual are built for specific Hypervisor: ...
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Veeam FastSCP: how does one initiate intra-server transfers?

Read the data sheet, boasts that you can copy files directly from one ESXi host to another: "Inter-server copy: Copy files directly from ESX to ESX. Files are copied directly from one ESX to another, ...
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How to add vSphere Client users with custom roles to a VM by Command?

I'm trying to automate the user creation process for VMs. Currently I follow these steps manually on vSphere Client: Click Inventory Click Node Click Local Users & Groups Tab Right Click -> Add ...
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Can Solaris 11 boot from one disk but load the OS from another?

I'm trying to convert my bare metal Solaris 11 Express box into a virtual machine but I can't get it to boot. I've already asked Is it possible to boot from a passthrough lsi2008 under esxi? but I ...
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FreeBSD ixgbe driver not working

I recently got a brand new Dell PowerEdge R610 server, I installed VMWare ESXi 5.0 on it and attempted to install FreeBSD as guest OS for squid caching. The server has a PCI-E Intel X520-T2 10Gig ...
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VMware Sysprep with Custom Unattended.xml

I was looking into using VCenter for deploying VMs and wanted to take advantage of the built-in template features and the ability to make use of unattended.xml files. I have a Windows 7 template that ...