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

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Default Bios Options for ESXi Virtual Machine

Does anyone know of a way to set the default bios options of a virtual machine in ESX1 (4.1). Every time I create a new VM, I need to go into the bios and set the Num Lock in the bios. I was hoping ...
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Is there a way to view an HP ProLiant server IML log from within ESXi?

I'm investigating a system outage on an HP ProLiant DL360 G7 server running VMware ESXi 5.1. While I'm a huge advocate of installing the HP-specific management agents for ESXi or using the ...
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Any opensource equivalent of virtual center?

We got 10 ESXi hosts running. We don't have budget for Virtual center licenses. Is there some free tool that just gives us consolidated view of all VMs with poweroff and poweron options for each VM.We ...
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ESXcli command timeout at 30 minutes

I am working on a powercli script to loop through each datastore in our environment and reclaim space on the thin provisioned LUNs. All LUNs in the environment are Dell Equal Logic. vCenter ...
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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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Should i go native or with ESXi server?

At this moment, my server is a plain 64-bit amd, running windows 2003. I wanted to run another virtualized OS on top of it using virtualbox. Then I saw that vmware ESXi is free! I always ignored that ...
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Which Linux-Virtualization to choose for Server?

Hy, I got a brand new Intel i7 Server-System with 12GB Ram and I want to consolidate three other linux-servers onto this machine using virtualization. I want to use the harddisks (via a kind of LVM) ...
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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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How to backup virtual machines on a standalone ESXi host?

Standalone ESXi (4.1) host without any vCenter Server. How to backup virtual machines as quickly and storage-friendly as possible? I know I can access the ESXi console and use the standard Unix cp ...
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ESXi standalone host cannot power on any virtual machines

I have a standalone VMWare ESXi host on ESXi 5.1. It currently has a handful of VMs powered on, and they are running fine. If I try to power on any other VM - any VM at all - I am receiving the ...
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Enabling VMware EVC on Westmere E5645 CPU only accepts “Nehalem” mode

Take the following system, a Supermicro VMware ESXi host with Intel Westmere E5645 CPUs. Part of our deployment process is to set the appropriate Enhanced vMotion Capability (EVC) level for the ...
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How can we remotely monitor VMware ESXI?

We have VMware ESXi on several servers, how can we remotely monitor for problems with hard drives, RAM, power supply or network cards?
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VMWare vSphere and the move from ESX to ESXi

I was working on a standalone ESX 3.5 system last night in order to upgrade to vSphere 4.1u1. I realized that the full ESX download had been deemphasized on the VMWare website. While I've known that ...
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VMWare vCenter/ESXi with FreeIPA instead of Active Directory?

Can vCenter authenticate against FreeIPA instead of Active Directory? If so, how would you set it up? We have a pure Linux environment (CentOS) and need to have vCenter and our VM's have the same ...
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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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PCI-DSS: Virtualization segmentation in ESXi environment

I have already asked this question over on Information Security but so far it has not garnered any comments. I am thinking perhaps it is more of a server infrastructure and configuration question, ...
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vmware esxi 5, cant create snapshots and consolidate fails, how to delete old or consolidate redo logs?

I have a VM that seems to be working ok, but when VMWare DR (or I) tries to create a snap shot, it fails, and when I view the summary page of the VM it has a warning at the top showing that the disks ...
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ESXi 5 Guests will not boot

I have a problem with Guests not booting under VMWare ESXi 5.0 on my IBM x3550M3 server. Note: Investigation eventually determined that problem was with the VMware client on a Lenovo Edge laptop, the ...
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Hardware disk error in ESX Guest, on a vmfs backed drive … how is this possible?

How can a guest inside ESX find io problems like this? [ 40.601502] end_request: critical target error, dev sdg, sector 430203456 [ 40.601563] sd 2:0:6:0: [sdg] Unhandled sense code [ 40.601582] sd ...
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Does a nested ESXi lab need a trunk port group?

I'm following this guide in setting up a nested ESXi 5 lab on a single box. It has you create 4 ports for each virtual ESXi box, 1 on VMNetwork and 3 on a Trunk port group. It says you need to do this ...
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User permission requirements to log into vSphere Client for iPad and vCenter Mobile Access

I was just wondering what the minimum permission requirements for a user for to be able to log into the vSphere Client for iPad and vCenter Mobile Access. The clients are connecting to a plain ESXi ...
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Is it possible or advisable to virtualize a PBX system? How would one go about this?

I'm totally new to the world of VoIP and we are looking to move from our current provider to a solution we host ourselves, mainly because the current service is so unreliable. Unfortunately I know ...
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Should Linux VM's in VMware/ESX have a swap partition?

On a VMware ESX setup what is the difference of these options?: a Linux VM with 1GB RAM and 1GB swap partition and the VM uses 1.5 GB ram a Linux VM with 1GB RAM and no swap partition and the VM ...
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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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Centralized virtualization (ESXi, XenServer) in a completely Windows-free environment

I'm looking into deploying a small (one or two host servers) non-production virtualization initiative for our company. We need it to be high performance and host shared resources for a number of ...
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Memory overcommitment on VMware ESXi 5.0

I would like to understand better the possibilities of VmWare ESXi memory overcommitment. I've read this paper from VmWare, so I am familiar with general concepts, such as hypervisor swapping, memory ...
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Monitoring VMware ESXi (free) vs. vSphere

I have two hosts running the free ESXi hypervisor. However, we use Nagios for monitoring, and I've received conflicting information about how we should monitor these systems. Are my findings below ...
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automatically shutting down an ESXi host nightly

We just picked up a new development server that I've loaded ESXi on. The room it's in is well ventilated during the day but at night the door is closed and it gets quite toasty in there. I've been ...
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RAID 10 or RAID 5 for multiple VMs - what is the best choice?

I have just ordered a new rig for my business. We do a lot of software development for Microsoft SharePoint and need the rig to run several virtual machines for development and test purposes. We will ...
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Can I add an ESXi host to more than one vCenter server?

I have a situation where I need to add a host to two vCenter servers. The vCenter servers are divided into two different networks and are not in a linked mode i.e. the other vCenter server belongs to ...
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VMWare/ESX Snapshots vs Libvirt snapshots vs LVM2 snapshots

In VMWare, when a snapshot is taken, my understanding is that it creates delta disks, and any writes that occur after the snapshot is created will be written to these new delta disk images, and not ...
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Prevent 200+ virtual machines from seeing each other

How can we prevent 200+ virtual machines from seeing each other but can access the Internet and a shared server? These VMs are in a couple of ESXi machines. Having a 1-1 subnet for each virtual ...
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ESXi and Windows Server CPU parking

For those that don't know, CPU parking is a feature in recent Windows Server releases that allows Windows to pretty much drop a CPU core to zero use, and having nothing use it. It's been introduced as ...
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What is the difference between Guest Operating System options in VMware?

during the installation I choose a guest operating system type (Window/Linux/Other + version). What is the difference it makes? The hint: "Identifying the guest operating system here allows the ...
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Monitoring hardware RAID on VMWare ESXi

I've got an ESXi 3.5 server on "unsupported" hardware - SuperMicro motherboard, Adaptec 9410 3405 RAID controller (oops, the 9410 is the onboard controller that's not being used for RAID) - and I'm ...
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Multiple vCPUs or multiple identical VMs, which is better?

I am looking to upgrade one of our servers, an 8 core server running VMware Server 2. The VMs it runs are mostly web, file, and email servers; specifically, it runs three webservers, 2 email/file ...
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Is it possible to deploy VMware vSphere 5.5 without Windows?

I ran into an interesting client requirement recently. I needed to perform a greenfield deployment of VMware vSphere 5.5. This was to use the Linux-based VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA)... The ...
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Installing vmware/xenserver on a linux operating system?

We're currently in the process of setting up a server here in a research environment. It would be ideal to use VMware ESXi, but (and I apologise if I get this completely wrong, I'm somewhat new to ...
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VMware: Make applications see Windows VM as bare metal

In a virtual environment using VMware, I want to setup a Windows license server. Unfortunately, the vendor's license server refuses to run on a VM; it must be installed on a physical machine. Since ...
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Windows 8 virtualization gives BSOD 0x0000005D

I find that, when trying to run windows 8 on Xen cloud (and also when running it in ESXi), the installer bluescreens with 0x0000005D (UNSUPPORTED PROCESSOR) Initially I thought it was giving the VM ...
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Why doesn't VMWare DRS automatically migrate VMs when a host is put in maintenance mode?

We have 4 ESXi 5.0 hosts in a VMWare cluster on shared storage (NFS) with DRS and HA on. We want to perform a memory upgrade on one of the hosts. We put that host in maintenance mode but DRS did not ...
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links between switches for iSCSI

We inherited a SAN/vmWare/iSCSI setup with both Dell and HP equipment purchased for it, but not fully setup, and we need to get some additional switches to make it all work. But we're getting ...
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VMWare ESXi 5 - Expanded RAID 5 array - cannot access datastore

I'm using VMWare ESXi 5 and had a 2 TB RAID 5 setup on an HP DL360 with a P400i RAID card. I added two more 1 TB drives and using the SmartStart ACU, added the drives and expanded the logical disk. ...
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Pass through public IP addresses to pfSense

I have a server in my datacenter that has multiple publicly routed IP addresses, and I'm now running ESXi to manage it. Before, I had some VMs running under the host that created a network: inet ...
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Reusing a drive from an array

I read the question here Reusing Raid 5 Drive? but I'm not sure it applies 100% to my situation. What is the standard practice when removing a drive from an array to use as a spare for another array? ...
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Why did I experience checksum errors with a ZFS filesystem on an ESXi RDM?

I have a VMware ESXi 4.1 server which I recently added 2x1TB SATA drives to. This machine runs a NexentaStor Community VM which hosts ZFS filesystems. Before adding the new drives, all the ZFS zpools ...
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Why has VMWare ESXi 5 slow access to IBM M1015 / LSI 9240-8i RAID?

I am building server for virtualization and wanted to go with VMWare ESXi 5. I configured RAID10 on 4 disks connected to internal RAID controller IBM M1015 (identical to LSI 9240-8i) and installed ...
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Moving ESXi installation to USB key

What's the best way to move a VMware ESXi 4.1 installation from a harddrive to a usb memory? I'm planning to install a fresh VMware ESXi on the usb key, boot it up, and then somehow transfer the ...
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What is the recommended way to version VMware Templates?

Assume that you're in an organisation with numerous data centres, each with their own private clouds running on VMware vCenter 5.5. There are VMware templates for different Operating Systems, ...
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How to test VM monitoring in vmware ESXi?

I would really like to test VM monitoring, so if the VM locks up, vmware will restart it. I set the high sensitivity for VM monitoring for one particular virtual machine. I tried to: 1) Turn off ...