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

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Create user with read only permission to datastore but SSH access

I am scripting a backup job in which a remote computer connects to an ESXi 5 host and does SCP to copy files to another datastore on that host. As a precaution (since every script that can go wrong ...
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ESXi 5 NFS mount with credentials

Is it possible for an ESXi 5 host to mount a remote NFS share using credentials other than root? (The default)? If so, how would one setup those credentials and mount from VSphere?
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ESX NFS error "Cannot open volume: /vmfs/volumes/

I'm trying to add an NFS share to my ESX 5.5 server. When I try to add the share, I get the following error: Call "HostDatastoreSystem.CreateNasDatastore" for object "ha-datastoresystem" on ESXi ...
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Backing up VMWare VMs to a Linux server using FastSCP from veeam

My goal is to back up VMWare ESX/ESXi VMs to a local fileserver. The local fileserver is either a plain old Linux system with SSH or a FreeNAS system. Both of those systems would accept scp/sftp ...
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Running containers inside a virtual machine?

It is my understanding that containers are much more lightweight than VMs because they do not virtualize the hardware but instead just isolate the software running in them from software running in ...
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How to copy locked swap files in ESXi?

Based on this question : How to disable swap files in ESXi?. The main answer states that it is possible to extract data from the swap files (for exemple using strings) so I tried to make a simple ...
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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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VMWare vSphere Distributed Switch configuration of two ESXi Host

I have two ESXi hosts (5.1 and 5.5) that I added them to a vSphere Distributed Switch. The VMs in each host can ping other VMs in the same host but cannot ping other host's VMs. All the VMs are part ...
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Esxi add existing datastore to another vm

I hope that someone would be able to help: We currently have a Centos 6.5 VM with a second .vmdk added of 22TB. The OS is located on datastore1 and the second hdd is on datastore2. I have created ...
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Switch base connectivity between two ESXi hosts in vSphere vCenter with VDS

I have two ESXi Hosts in Hetzner datacenter and because of the Hetzner's subnet allocation policies I should have a router (implemented with CentOS) in each ESXi server to route the subnet IP to the ...
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Trouble with embedding html email with PowerCLI/Powershell for gmail

I am new to Powershell, I am a junior admin for a VMware environment. I am trying to automate a weekly report for snapshots in PowerCli. I am making the script in Powershell. I have made a simple ...
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Trouble enabling vMotion

Just added a second host to my ESXi 5.5 datacenter. The new host now has vMotion enabled, after enabling it in the vmkernel port group. Went back to the original host. Enabled vMotion in the ...
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Can I use RHEL Virtual Datacenter License with vCenter Server Essentials (Essentials Kit) [duplicate]

Does somebody use RHEL Virtual Datacenter License with vCenter Server Essentials? I cannot get a clear answer from our RHEL Partner, as well as I cannot find it clearly stated somewhere on the WEB. ...
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VMware High Availability questions

I can't seem to find the answers to these questions within the vSphere 5 Documentation center, so please share if you are aware of any aspects of these questions. What happens to the failed VM that ...
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Slow ESXi guest performance affecting entire host

I'm running ESXi 5.5 (Build 2068190) on a Dell PowerEdge R220 server with the Intel E3-1220v3 CPU. It also has 16 GB of RAM installed and 2 x 1TB SATA disks running as RAID1 using a Dell PERC H310 ...
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No LUN available to extend datastore

I have a HP DL380G5 with ESXi 5.5 and x4 146GB Sata disks in a RAID5 array. I have added one more disk to the server exactly as the other ones and, using SmartStart CD I managed to add the disk to the ...
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VMware ESXi: Connect to VM serial using named pipe

I'm running Linux VM guest on VMware ESXi 5.1 host. The guest has only serial tty. The only way to interact with it seems to be serial over named pipe. I've added serial port to the VM, assigning ...
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Redundant Paths between DELL R720 and MD3420 in ESXi 5.5

We had some trouble configuring redundant paths between a DELL R720 and MD3420 storage connected via two LSI 12GB SAS-HBAs using ESXi 5.5. The datastore was accessible and worked fine, except for the ...
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Merge Live VMware hosts into existing vcenter

We currently have 3 VMware hosts, all running ESXi 4.1. They are all HP DL380 G7's, two of them having dual Xeon E5620 cpus with 96GB RAM, and the third having dual Xeon E5645 cpus and 64GB RAN. The ...
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Can vSphere PowerCLI cmdlets execute from a PS1 file?

I'm looking to write an admin script that will: Delete a VM from vSphere Delete the VM's DNS entry Release the VM's IP address with our Windows DHCP server I can accomplish the first item via ...
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vmWare HA Admission Control configuration

In an HA cluster of 5 hosts (100GB memory) if Admission control is enabled and %age cluster failover option is set at 25 % (lets consider only for memory ie. 125 GB), and if one host fails then the ...
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VMware ESXi <> Synology NFS Share (Physical Switch Redundancy)

This is my storage network: ESXi Host(Dual 10gb NICs) >> 2xNetgear xs712T >> Synology RS10613xs+ (Dual 10gb NICs) ESXi vmnic1 >> NG Switch 1 >> Syn NIC 1 ESXi vmnic2 >> NG Switch 2 >> Syn NIC 2 ...
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esxi host remote driver update?

We have a Power Edge R410 Server which is running on VmWare ESXi. Recently my boss has been making an update from 5 to 5.1 and the datastore has been gone. We try to recover and seems like the problem ...
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Cannot connect VMWare VMs to datastore ISO but can connect to same ISO on local PC via Console

VMWare 4.0U4b (I know...) I am unable to connect new or existing VMs to ISOs contained on any of the datastores. I was able to however boot from an ISO on my local PC connected via the Console. I ...
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Multiple Web Server VMs or a Single VM with virtual hosts?

I have a number of sites running on various physical servers that I'm looking at moving into our virtual environment. Most of these are small sites usually with a MySQL database. User base is ...
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ESXi 5.1 Windows Server 2003 Guest 32-bit Installation boots to GUI but claims that it can't access the medium to install?

I've tried changing the settings on the iso and it just won't let me install it: "Setup was unable access files needed to continue. This should be caused by an error on the CD Media or the CD is ...
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How to insulate apps from underlying OS changes using Docker

I'm not a docker user, just want to know if this is an accurate use case for docker. Current State We deploy custom Java apps on RHEL/VMware. To function properly, the apps depend on local Java ...
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Recovering broken VMDK image

we had a disk failure on our VM host (VMWare ESXI 5.1). We've managed to get some of the data off but some of the file we couldn't get as it kept on causing the disk to crash. I have file like ...
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ESXi Windows Server 2003 Guest 32-bit Installation gets stuck on blue Starting Windows screen?

I'm trying to install Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition 32-bit as a guest on ESXi 5.1 for testing purposes; but when I try to install it, it gets stuck on the blue Starting Windows screen and the ...
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Why are my VMWare 5 virtual machines not booting when converted over to Microsoft Hyper-V 2012r2?

I have a Dell VMWare 5.x environment, but am experimenting with Microsoft Hyper-V (server 2012r2 64). I am using the Microsoft converter utility to move these vm's, which completes fine but the ...
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Can an ESXi 5.1 VM have Applicaiton Aware Image Processing enabled at the sametime it has Freeze/Thaw Scripts?

So you can't enable Application Aware Image Processing at the same time you have Freeze/Thaw scripts enabled. But in the event that you have a VSS Aware (such as SQL Server 2008 R2) database on ...
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Vmotion without shared storage

ive read that I can do vmotion without shared storage from 5.1 onwards. Can I do it with standard edition? Or only enterprise?
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HP ProLiant disk failure, proceed or do not proceed

We have a HP proliant DL385 G7 server that’s a vmware ESXI host with a failed hard drive – the drive is a HP SAS-MDL, 7.2 K, 2TB. When we boot the server we get the attached message and we are not ...
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Slow download big static files from nginx

I'm using debian 7 x64 in vmware-esxi virtualization. Max download per client is 1mb/s and nginx no use more than 50mbps together and my question is what may cause so slow transfers? server ...
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Standalone vCenter web client

I wish to have a VMWare vCenter Web Client without setting up vCenter Server Systems such that the Web Client connects directly to an ESXi host. I only have 1 ESXi host, setting up vCenter seems ...
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assign Second IP in ESXi 5.5 host Centos 6.6

Hello i have just installed CenOSs 6.6 on ESXi 5.5 and I have eth0 working fine. I have internet access and I want to assign a second IP in CentOS. So purchased another ip from oneprovider.com and ...
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Send keystrokes Vmware ESXi Linux installation

I'm trying to automate my Linux installation using VMware ESXi. The OS is a custom ISO from vendor which only asks for 2 things: 1) Check Media integrity 2) Confirm formatting existing Hard Disk. I ...
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Cannot establish TCP connection from ESXi to port 9084 on vCenter

One of my ESXi 5.1 hosts fails to download patches from vSphere Update Manager (installed together with vCenter 5.1 on a single machine). The relevant part of esxupdate.log reads: ...
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Shutting down machine while deleting large snapshot

On ESXi 5.1, i started deleting a snapshot some hours ago.. A big snapshot of about 800gb. the machine is an SQL Server. It is only at 34% on deleting. can i just shutdown the machine while ...
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virtualize or bypass EPT support in Vmware Esxi

I am trying to run a VM that requires EPT support, which my cpu(X7350) appears to not support.(Enabling hardware MMU creates an error saying that host does not support EPT). When I run that VM i get ...
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VMWare Error: Read-only file system during write on

I tried hundreds of forums and posts, but nothing seem to help! I have vSphere ESXi 5.5. and when starting ESXi the first time it created and formatted a storage automatically. For some reason I ...
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deploy physical server from vmware template (linux)

I've been looking at replacing several aging servers, and to that end, I've prepared a vmware template to act as a standardized base. However, it's now become a requirement that I be able to deploy ...
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Virtualized Server 2003 vs Server 2008 R2 file transfer rate differences?

Basically I am trying to find out where the difference in the rate of a network file copy might come from. I have a virtual Server 2008 R2 SP1 and a virtual Server 2003 R2 SP2, using the same store, ...
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rsync not behaving the same in script vs shell

Afternoon ServerFault, I have hit a problem that I can seem to reach a solution to, I currently have a backup script that is meant to rsync VMs off our VMWare box onto our backup server, the problem ...
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creating a VM on ESXi 5.5 using ISO on a USB attached to host

I have a ESXi 5.5 host server where i need to build a Xubuntu Server, my bandwidth limits me from sharing the ISO over the LAN, and my host server does not have a CD/DVD drive. so is it possible to ...
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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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VMware hypervisor license [duplicate]

can I use VMware vsphere hypervisor license on multiple host on different network? Apologize that one license is used in a farm in India and I will use the same license in a farm in UK. Obviously I ...
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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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Can I have 2 different ESXI Versions in the one Vcenter

Can I have 2 different ESXI Versions in the one Vcenter? MyVcenter is split up into several Clusters (for management and user separation/security reasons) . All host in a cluster are at the same patch ...
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error loading /scsi-qla.v01, fatal error:33

I am facing an issue, seems to be a rare one. No one has asked this question in any of the blog except for this. One of my Esxi 5.1 host (not an actual server, but just a physical workstation acting ...