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

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Re-importing (Virtual) Foreign Disks on Windows 2003

I have a virtualized Windows 2003 Server machine with one basic disk (boot drive) and three Dynamic disks. The machine is running in an VMWare ESXi server. I had to remove the three dynamic disks ...
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Windows Servers on ESXi 100% CPU at year rollover

We have a number of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 servers running on ESXi servers. At year end rollover 2014 to 2015 the CPUs go to 100% and the machines hang. The solution appears to be a hotfix ...
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What is the proper way to shutdown an iSCSI target with connected clients?

iSCSI with two DRBD primary nodes is a bad idea to use if the two paths get concurrent write requests. But I am thinking about using this idea as backend storage for an ESXi 5.5U2 host. I already did ...
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ESXi 4.1 VM gone after hard reboot

I have a serious problem here. After I forced a reboot of a freezed ESXi 4.1 server, a VM is literally gone. When I ssh to the host and run ls -lah inside the datastore, it returnes: ...
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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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Minimum Privileges for vmware user for Foreman 1.4 Compute Resource

I am currently trying to add a ESXi cluster I have into Foreman 1.4.1, and am running into a problem with permissions. Currently, I've given a service account the following rights: Datacenter-Level: ...
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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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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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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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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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VCenter Adding Host - Error “conflicts with an existing datastore in the datacenter that has the same URL”

We have a new Dell VRTX box (2 Blades & Shared Storage). We are getting the above error when trying to add the second host. We've created shared storage(VDISK1) which both ESX hosts have access. ...
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Processes surviving Windows VM reboots?

Summary: A long-running virtual Windows Server 2012 system this weekend became very slow; from remote we did Restart-Computer -ComputerName xyzzy -Force, which succeeded by all accounts; except that ...
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vsphere HA host monitoring

Something I stil can't figure out is the optional HA setting : "Host Monitoring". What if you ENABLE HA, but you DISABLE 'host monitoring" ? How will HA be able to detect which host doesn't have a ...
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Pfsense Openpvn and Vmware issue

Here is my network: Client --- WAN --- PfSense(VMWare) --- LAN --- vSwitch (Promiscuous) \--- ESXi Management (192.168.2.1) ...
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VMware ESXi extremely slow Virtual disk performance compared to RDM

I have a ESXi 5.5 server running with a FC SAN. The FC san is created using an openfiler OS with software RAID and exported with the qlatgt driver. Direct writes to this SAN when no VMFS is used work ...
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NFS Datastore Disconnects When sVmotion Migration is Attempted

I have a EMC VNXe 3100 and I had tested both iSCSI and NFS connections from it to my hosts, with NFS appearing to be the better of the two. So I set it up and in my testing with 1 VM everything ...
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Windows Server 2012 Cluser on VMware esxi 5.5: Rebooting passive node causes san reset on active node

I'm running a SQL Cluster on windows server 2012 on VMWare 5.5 and find that when I restart the passive node to install a patch, the active node is affected. This appears to be covered by the kb ...
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What does the ESX helper0-0 process do?

I have a laptop used for development purposes (EliteBook 8540p) upon which I have installed ESXi 5.5 to run multiple servers and make use of snapshots for rollback. After installing ESX and prior to ...
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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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How do I rebuild a VMhost datastore following a corrupted installation

My server was shutdown at the weekend for a planned power outage to our building. When I tried to the bring the server back up, along with some errors about logical drives that did not exist (now ...
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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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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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VmWare Host connection keeps on breaking

I have installed VMware ESXi 5.1 and configured the static IP. When I try to connect to the host using the vSphere Client it logs in sucessfully. But after that when I try to access any thing I get ...
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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 ...