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

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Potential VMWare 5.1 Fault Tolerance bug/issue?

Background / Setup I've got a fresh install of vCenter Server 5.1 and associated components. I've taken all steps (as far as I can tell) to enable FT, and it worked the first time (yanked a power ...
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Is it possible to boot from a passthrough LSI 2008 SAS controller under VMware ESXi?

I currently have Solaris 11 Express running on bare metal. I'd like to convert the machine to an ESXI host and run the existing os as a virtual machine. I have ESXI setup, the virtual machine made, ...
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Edit Hard Disk Serial Number with VMware

I'm virtualizing a Rockwell AssetCentre Server and I'm looking at Disaster Recovery scenarios. This server contains a lot of other Rockwell Software like RSLinx, Logix 5000, Logix 500, and more... ...
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VMWare VCenter Server 4.1 & Oracle

We have VCenter Server 4.1 set up to use Oracle database (11r2 with the latest patches). Everything works fine except the vcenter server starts very slowly, at the startup time one of the oracle ...
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ESXi 5 Hypervisor fatal boot error

For over 2 years now I've been running ESXi 5 just fine from a pen drive. I recently had to move the server to a new location and started seeing an issue. Once the system starts to boot, I get: '...
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VMWare Thick Provisioned and Thin Provisioned format

I am importing VMWare images to create new virtual machines. I always choose Thick Provisioned format because I doubt there could be performance hit if I use thick provisioned format. If I use thin ...
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VMWare ESXi slow file copy to guest

When I copy a file from a physical Windows 7 machine over to a Windows Server guest on a VMWare ESXi the file copy is fast for a few seconds but then drops down to a crawl of 3Mbps. Everything is on a ...
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Unable to view sensor data in ESXi 5.x on DL380 G7

I'm running ESXi 5.0 and vCenter Server 5.0 on a DL380 G7 and no matter what I do, I cannot view sensor data. I have installed all of the HP Offline Bundles (both old and new revisions as suggested ...
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Are there any benefits to using a Distributed vSwitch for iSCSI?

I am designing our vSphere farm - we'll be migrating from ESX 3.5 to 4.1. I plan to set up a new farm using ESXi 4.1, and move the Virtual Machines on the 3.5 farm into it by shutdown, then import. ...
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Does ESXi 5 have a “routed IP” feature like Xen?

I have a dedicated server that I would like to use ESXi 5 on. I previously had Xen and it worked great. Initial network configuration was a bit confusing. The problem I have is the hosting company ...
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Extremely poor performance with VMWare hosted build server

We are running TeamCity on a Windows Server 2008 as a build server. The build server is hosted in VMWare ESXi 5. (I have very little VMWare experience so my terminology might be wrong). When we start ...
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Why am I getting only 1gbps between Solaris and VMware?

I have a VMWare ESXi 5.1.0 (build 1065491) host running a Solaris (OpenIndiana) VM as a guest. I have created a private vSwitch for NFS traffic between ESXi and Solaris. The Solaris VM has the VMware ...
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Network adapter to eth number mapping for vmware

I have a ubuntu vm on ESXi 5.5 with 6 e1000 interfaces. And at creation of the vm I assign a different network to all of them and power it up. When I login to linux I see eth0-eth5 but the order is ...
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Exchange 2010 on VMware - can I expand a partition with databases on it?

I have an Exchange server at a remote office that has a database partition that has grown considerably. It is running on VMWare vsphere 4.1. Normally on most VMs I would shut down the VM, and ...
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vmware esxi wrong time after vmotion

After vMotion some guests went 2 hours ahead in time. 2 hours ahead of UTC is exactly our timezone. Why would it do that? AFAICS both source and destination hosts have the same configuration. But ...
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ESXi host losing connection to vCenter

I'm having a very odd issue with a single ESXI host. I have 2 identical hosts, core i3, 6 nics, 16g ram. 4 of the nics are used for Management, vmotion, vm network, all on different vlans. They ...
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“I/O Error Occurred” in vSphere Client working with ESXi

I have a datastore set up in ESXi where I put all my ISOs. Somehow, something broke (I don't know what) and now I can't upload files to that (or any other) datastore. For large, ISO-sized files, the "...
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What is the performance impact of sw RAID in vmware ESXi VM?

There is a part of the infrastructure, where I have to do a sw raid on vmware esxi, because the SmartArray controller cannot be added and connection to the storage is not possible as well. So what I ...
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What hardware would I need (approx) to run ESXi server?

I am considering to purchase off-the-shelf commodity hardware in order to build server that will host virtual machines using ESXi server. Intended purpose for this server is NOT mission critical ...
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Why does a PXE-booting VM aggressively seek Reverse ARP?

Reverse ARP is.. well, pretty much dead, as far as I'm aware? One of the great Internet success stories in killing off a protocol? It's been deprecated in favor of BOOTP (and later, DHCP) for almost ...
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How do I get multiple displays to work a VM within ESXi4 (the option is there but won't work)?

I have recently upgraded to ESXi 4 and I noticed that under the Video Card tab (for VM Properties) there is the option to set 'Maximum number of displays' (1-10) and ability to reserve memory for a ...
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Access a Physical Drive in a Ubuntu VM on ESX 4

I am in the process of playing around with ESX and one of the projects I took on is converting my old NAS to a VM. This was pretty straight forward but now I have some problem with storage. The NAS ...
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Get-VMHost does not show the server Networkinfo and number of processes

I run the following powercli 5.5 command , to get info about a host vm :- Get-VMHost |Export-Csv -Path c:\VM.csv -NoTypeInformation –UseCulture and I got these info :- State ConnectionState ...
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ESXI 5.1 - Losing access to management interface on vSwitch1 when vSwitch0 loses network access

I'm probably missing something obvious here, but, I am trying to make some adjustments to the Vkernel Port management interface on vSwitch0 that is set to VLAN ID: All (4095). So I don't disconnect ...
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ProLiant DL380 G4 ESXi host - How to check RAID status of local storage

In a data center we have a few ESXi hosts. We're migrating all the data off the machines, but first we would like to check the RAID/SMART status of the local drives. Is there any way to do this via ...
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Remote RAID Control in ESXi on a Dell PowerEdge 2950 Using OpenManage

I was wondering how one can add a drive into an existing RAID array while ESXi is still running. I have read that you are able to use Dell OpenManage to do this. I have installed OMSA 7.0 on the ...
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How do you migrate VMWare ESXi (free) installation and datastore to a new drive?

I have VMWare xSphere Hypervisor 4.1 or VMWare ESXi 4.1 installed on a hard drive (sorry VMWare's naming and renaming is killing me, I am using the free hypervisor, I am just going to call it ESXi ...
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Scripting VMWare ESXi from a linux server

I’m attempting to use the VMWare command line interface to mount a datastore ISO file in the CD/DVD drive of a virtual machine. An entry elsewhere on serverfault tells me that ‘vmware-cmd blabla.vmx ...
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ESXi add datastore without partitioning

I've recently started playing with ESXI and now want to move all my current data (movies etc) to an openfiler vm image. Currently I have esxi 4.1 running off a Patriot XT memory stick and a 500gb hdd ...
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VMWare NIC Teaming - How to gain more than 1Gbit/s copy speed between two VMs?

I have a question about VMware and NIC Teaming. Here is my easy test scenario. I have two VMs. VM1 and VM2. I want to copy 1 big file from VM1 to VM2 because I want to see that I can gain more copy ...
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ESXi 5 host-only test environment

I'm setting up a test environment. I have ESXi installed with a few operating systems. I'm trying to have these few operating systems in host-only mode they don't don't talk outside the host but I ...
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Force a downsize of a vmdk disk

I have a thick virtual disk (vmdk) file that is purely just a file-store. I currently have it configured to take up 2TB, however, there is only one 900GB partition on it. I read somewhere that the ...
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Extremely slow NAT within a VMWare ESXi host using Linux VMs

I have a VMWare ESXi host attached to a fast network. The host runs two virtual machines: Gateway Client The gateway has two network interfaces, one that's bridged to the external network (...
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ESXi server under DoS attack, can I use SSH to determine where from? [duplicate]

My VMWare ESXi 4 server appears to be under a Denial of Service attack. I am getting massive packet loss to the server (60+%) and am barely able to load any services on the VMs running on the host. I ...
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Scheduling VMWare ESXi 4.1 VM Restart

We had a virtual machine running on a VMWare Server host on Windows Server 2003. The machine is set up with non persistent disks. We had a windows task schedule set up that ran a batch file to reset ...
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ESXi single ip setup

I have a ESXi server that has just one ip, which is assigned to the host. Is there a way to map certain host ports to the vm's that it runs, or should I just order extra ip's at my hoster? Thanks.
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VMware vsphere essentials plus network cabling

I'm not sure how many NICs I need to use to have vmotion support with my SAN. See the link for a picture, it's laughably crude. Sketch
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ESXi 4.0 with one public IP

Hello I've been trying to get this server working but so far no luck. I have an ESXi v4 server collocate where I'm being supplied one public IP. By default the management interface is attached to ...
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VMware ESXi/vSphere Fault Tolerance vCPU Limit

So I am aware that VMs in FT mode are limited to a single vCPU. Is it possible to assign multiple cores to the single vCPU, and still have the VM support FT mode? Or are you forced to use both a vCPU ...
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How can I grow a 3Ware 9650SE RAID1 under ESXi 5.0?

Thanks to this question I've now got my ESXi 5.0.0 (Build 623860) running/booting off a physically enlarged 9650SE controlled RAID1 array. The 1TB drives had been replaced with 2TBs; I'd like to ...
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should I use thick or thin provisioning

I have a linux vm with 40GB Thick provision Eager Zeroed. when I login to my ESXI Server I can see that the folder of the VM is about 40GB. I've created a 10GB file on the linux VM machine. I see ...
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Vmware missing last snapshot data file what now?

Hi we had some problems with our server filling up because of snapshots then failing to turn on, I have managed to copy everything across and repair the snapshot descriptor files (hopefully). The ...
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Virtual pfSense Appliance on VMWare Host

I am having some issues setting up the WAN side of pfSense. I have ordered a dedicated box through a hosting service with ESXi loaded on it. Along with that I have 3 public IP addresses that will ...
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I need to get VMWare Server running inside of a VMWare ESXi virtual machine

Yes, I know running a virtual machine inside of a virtual machine is a bad idea. Yes, I know it will be very slow. However, our production system required VMs in VMWare server and I do not want to ...
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Question about Consolidate Helper - 0

Recently I had an issue where a virtual machine had ran out of space and was suspended, a restart was able to to fix the issue but when I SSH'd in I noticed there were two large files (both delta.vmdk ...
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How to run a VMWare Server virtual machine in a ESXi virtual machine?

I installed VMWare Server 2 in a Centos 5.2 virtual machine which runs in a VMWare ESXi Server. When I try to start, via browser, a VM I created in VMWare Server, it gives me the following message: "...
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How can I migrate a RAID1 setup to larger drives on an LSI 3ware 9650SE?

I've got VMWare ESXi (the free version) machine that is booting off a 9650SE RAID-1 drive setup (two 1TB mirrored drives). I'd like to replace the 1TBs with 2TBs. Is there a safe way to do this?
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What is the benefit of vSphere Standard from free ESXi if vCenter Center is still sold separately?

I'm trying to understand what is what in their vSphere suite. So, ESXi has a free edition --- I can install it and use it with vSphere Web Client. But when I buy vSphere Standard --- what else do I ...
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ESXi PCI passthrough SmartArray P812 with 12TB MSA60

I have an HP Proliant DL 360 G6. ESXi is installed on the array controlled by the on board RAID controller (P420 I think) ESXi recognizes the P812 RAID controller but when I put PCI passthrough on it ...
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Where can I learn fundamentals about hypervisors in context of other hardware virtualization solutions? [closed]

I am interested in learning more about hardware virtualization, with a specific focus on hypervisors. I am competent to manage a server and would be able to configure an environment to work using ...