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

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How to mount host's VMFS datastore from a guest?

I'm trying to backup VMs using a CentOS 6.5 VM and a tape library, the tape library is connected via SAS pass-through and it mounts on CentOS. The backup will be done copying the entire VM folder on ...
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HP DL180 G6 - SD Card slot

I have ESXi 5 installed on HP DL180 G6 on RAID. This server is part of the vCenter and it's connected with HP P2000 Storage. For some reason all VMs on that server a very slow and "restart" of the ...
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Mysterious “fragmentation required” rejections from gateway VM

I've been troubleshooting a severe WAN speed issue. I fixed it, but for the benefit of others: Via WireShark, logging, and simplifying the config I narrowed it down to some strange behaviour from a ...
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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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VMware ESX Server - Automated infrastructure and VM Provisioning [closed]

We would like to automate test infrastructure deployment for test automation with Jenkins. That's greatly appreciated if you can share your experiences and any tools to be suggested. Should the script ...
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How to get public IPs on ESXi VMs?

We have a dedicated server with a hosting provider. We are running ESXi 6.0. The server has a single public IP which is currently being used for the management interface. The provider has also ...
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VMware ESXi 6.0 and Openstack

I have a private cloud of Openstack running KVM compute. I'm looking to add other hypervisors into the Openstack private cloud as well. Namely, vmware and hyper-V. I know VMware has been researching ...
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VMWare ESXI vNetworking - vSwitches bridged by multiple multiple Layer 2 bridge hosts

I want to create a multi-VM pfsense cluster ESXI. For those that are not familiar with pfsense, consider it a Free BSD based router/switch (with many features on top of it, but not necessary for this ...
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Incredibly slow snapshot removal

I have an ESXi box with HP LeftHand storage exposed via iSCSI. I have a virtual machine with a 1TB disk, of which 800GB is consumed. The disk is thick provisioned on the LeftHand storage. A snapshot ...
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What to do, if esxi host becomes inaccessible?

When i connect with vSphere Client to esxi host, i see an error: An unknown error occured. (The request failed because of a connection failure. (Unable to connect to remote server)). I can ping ...
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How can I reliably determine the hardware version of a VMWare Guest from inside the guest?

I am attempting to determine the "hardware" version of numerous VMWare VMs. I don't have access to the vSphere console. The VMWare Tools Service is installed, and C:\Program Files\VMWare\VMWare ...
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Why doesn't ESXi see the LUN in my Server 2012 iSCSI target?

I don't see what I'm missing here. In Server 2012, I installed the roles, created the virtual iSCSI disk, selected "create a new target" for this disk, named it, grabbed the IP and IQN of the ESXi ...
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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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How to delete old linux partition with ESXI?

I'm stuck with my ESXI deployment and I have no idea how to move forward with this. I have one of my server with Software Raid that used to be partitioned in Linux 6.2. 2 Sata drives partition in ...
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ESXI 5.5 NFS to NFS copy is slow

i'm running esxi 5.5u2 standalone with 3 datastores , (local , netapp (nfs) and synology (nfs ) There are two Gigabit network adapters configured. One per vswitch. One for storage and the other for ...
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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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How to analyse performance ESXi NFS Copy between datastores

I'm having trouble with ESXi backup/restore performance. My setup: VMWare ESXi 5.0.0 on a HP ProLiant DL 360 G6, runnnig RAID 5 on a P410 SmartArray as SAS QNAP Nas (QNAP TS-809U-RP NAS 8 bays ...
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VMware - High CPU utilization on Windows 7 guest VM

I've just added some Windows 7 virtual machines to an existing VMWare vSphere 5.1 cluster. The hosts and vCenter are 5.1 with current updates via Update Manager. Looking at the vSphere client ...
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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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Bare Metal Provisioning [closed]

For bare metal provisioning of: VMWare ESXi Ubuntu CentOS Are Ubuntu MAAS and Spacewalk the only Open Source options for bare metal provisioning or are there other non-proprietary options? The ...
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VMware tools warning: Couldn't restart RpcOut channel

I have a recently converted a 2008R2 RDS server to a VM. I'm getting the following error in the Application event logs: [ warning] [vmusr:vmusr] Couldn't restart RpcOut channel; bad things may ...
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Installing VMWare ESXi onto Dell PowerEdge 1950 [closed]

Yesterday I bought a used Dell PowerEdge 1950 server and I am trying to install Esxi 5.5 onto it. I downloaded the ISO file onto a bootable USB. I plug the USB into the front USB drive, but when I ...
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MongoDB frequently switching primaries

We are running a Mongo 2.6 replica set with 3 members: primary, secondary, arbiter. Nearly every day our MongoDB is switching which server is primary and this causes all connections to that DB to be ...
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esxi 5.5 datastore went missing, disk still visible

I put the host into maintenance mode, installed some RAM and rebooted to find the guests wouldn't boot. A datastore has gone missing, but I can still see the disk via SSH and the vsphere client. The ...
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IBM X3850 does not boot from internal USB by default unless startup boot menu is visited

I'm running Vmware ESXI from the internal USB. No matter how many times I persist the boot order so that the server boots from the internal USB, the server starts up with a blinking line cursor and ...
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VMware vSphere 6.0 free versus Essentials versus Open Source? [closed]

We wanted to download a trial of vsphere 6 essentials kit, but when you get a 60 day trail of vsphere, it doesnt include vcenter so you cant use the web control panel, and vmware client doesn't ...
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How to install VMware 5.5 and higher on HP BL460c G6

I have an HP ProLiant BL460c G6 with the HP NC532i Dual Port 10Gbe BL-c Adapter installed. VMware won't install on this machine stating the network device is not found. This happens with both the ...
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Issues customizing a RHEL7 VM deployed from a template on VMware

In compliance with VMWare's VM customization matrix, I am testing this out on vSphere 5.5 Update 2d. I create the template with a RHEL 7.1 DVD and point anaconda to a kickstart that looks like this: ...
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How to mount an USB drive under VMWare ESXi 5.5?

I want to mount an USB drive to VMWare ESXi 5.5 host. The USB drive is visible with lsusb : Bus 01 Device 03: ID 154b:0095 PNY But not under /vmfs. Under /dev/disks/ I see many entries, but dunno ...
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Bypass perc s300 on R210 II

Trying to install esxi on a Dell R210 II. This is an older machine and as such has Perc S300 controller. Apparently, this controller is only compatible with windows systems and there is no way to ...
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Using 2 NIC in ESXi 4.1

We are planning to move all our physical server into 2 ESXi box. Currently each of the server has 2 NIC. One NIC is used as public interface which has public IP, and another NIC has private IP. All ...
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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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VMware infiniband configuration

I have a server which is intended to be a vmware host. This server has two Infiniband Mellanox ConnectX-2 dual-port cards. What I want to do is to make the following setup: The first card should work ...
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VMWare ESXi configuration corrupted on every boot

I've got a problem with configuration appearing as corrupted every time we restart our ESXi server, we get a PSOD and stops booting during the initialization process. This is a test environment, ...
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restore default firewall config for esxi 5.5

While trying to add a new firewall rule file I accidentally copied my new XML over the top of the primary /etc/vmware/firewall/service.xml config file. I'm booting our free ESXI 5.5 server from a USB ...
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Identifying what caused a server reboot

I have an HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 that is running VMWare ESXi 5.5. It has been rebooting itself at seemingly random intervals for the past 24 hours. There is only a single VM running, and even if I ...
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ESXi Not Booting from USB

I hope you can help, because I'm stumped. I've got an old HP DL385 G2 server. I have successfully installed VMWare ESXi 6.0 to an old 16GB Corsair Voyager flash drive. Because I didn't like the USB ...
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Possible reasons for high CPU load of taskmgr.exe process on VM?

On a VMware virtual machine which has severe performance problems I can see a constant average of 20+ percent CPU load for the TASKMGR.EXE (task manager) process. The apps running on this server have ...
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Connectivity issues to hosts over MPLS

Original thread on VMware for reference: https://communities.vmware.com/thread/490718 Hello, We have been troubleshooting an issue that prevents our vCenter server from connecting to some of our ...
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Is there a tool to browse a VMWare VMFS datastore hard drive on a PC?

I would like my VMWare ESXi 5 server to have a USB-attached HDD datastore which I'd be able to detach, attach to my laptop and browse files on it. As far as I understand, the hard drive is to be ...
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Reducing Linux LVM size

this server has an Ubuntu 10.10 LVM volume created out of three "thin provisioning" VMWare ESXi disks of 1.76tb each and one 700Gb "thick provisioning" disk. Here's the space used according to pvs: ...
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cannot migrate from vswitch to distributed switch with only one physical NIC

I am trying to migrate vmkernel management interface from vswitch0 to vDS on ESXi 5.1 as lots of documents on the internet are describing , but it keeps disconnecting me and reverting the changes ...
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Are there any notable advantages (or disadvantages) to using EFI firmware and GPT boot disks in an ESXi environment?

My basic question is, as the title asks: are there any notable advantages (or disadvantages) to using EFI firmware and GPT boot disks in an ESXi environment? By "notable," I mean anything other than ...
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Upgrade VM hardware

We have a ESXi environment with hosts in 5.0 and 5.1 versions. We would like to upgrade our VM hardware versions (currently in version 4) to the version 8, which is the maximum supported by 5.0. ...
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VMWare ESXi error upon boot “Relocating modules and starting up the kernel”

Coming back from a 4-day weekend, I noticed the A/C had been turned off for the duration of the long weekend and the heat was around 80-82 degrees. The HP ProLiant DL185G5 was running but the system ...
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ESXi build with SSD's and storage sharing with HDD

So the plan is to convert 4 boxed servers into all virtual servers with a new server. The 4 servers now don't require much horsepower to do much, so only looking at the Xeon E5-2470 (8C, 2.4ghz, iirc) ...
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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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iSCSI steps between 1Gb/s and 10Gb/s [closed]

So, I am in the process of building out a iSCSI system based off freeNAS. This is being connected to a few (around 20ish) ESXi 5.5 boxes. These ESXi boxes only have the boot drive and a few Gb of ...
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Is running permanently in a VMWare snapshot bad for performance?

I understand that the VMWare KB frowns upon long running snapshots mainly due to two things (In my opinion) Taking tons of snapshots can fill up the data store. Snapshots are simply delta files. ...
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Questions about storage performance

I would be glad guys, if you can answer me some of my questions about the performance of our storage. The setup HP P2000 SAS with 2GB cache 8x 1TB SATA 7200 RPM storage RAID6 3x hosts with SAS HBA ...