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

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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 ...
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ESXi 5.5 + vCSA Upgrade

We are upgrading 4 hosts from ESXi 5 to 5.5 We are adding 4 more hosts with clean ESXi 5.5 installs We are also upgrading our vCS 5 to the vCSA 5.5 Using Enterprise Plus Licensing Issue: I am trying ...
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Automount old array in VMware ESXi 5.5 (free)

Background: Using the free ESXi, we had problems with corruption in the VMware OS files after an array failure. Because of large volumes of data and limited time (this is a production system), and ...
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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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Out of 2 VMs and their 1 host, only 2 at a time are reachable from the LAN

I have a VMware vSphere hypervisor set up with two VMs. I need to be able to reach the host (for configuration, etc.) as well as both VM's from my client (which is also in the same subnet). I want to ...
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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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Alert simulation on vSphere 5.5

Is there any way to simulate an alert (to test alarm actions) on an vmware vSphere esxi 5.5 infrastructure? My research seems that a "test" was available on some older versions.
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In a VMware environment, is it possible to move a Windows Disk from one VM guest to another?

I have VMware server with Windows SBS server VM guest. It has a C: drive and a D: drive. The D: drive is a separate disk in the VM guest settings. We would like to migrate this to a new Windows 2012 ...
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Moving a large spanned volume across vm's

Current situation: Windows server 2008r2 running under VMWare esxi5.5. 3TB drive consisting of 3x 1TB virtual disks under a spanned volume. (D) The drive contains approx 1,9TB of data. D drive hosts ...
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VMware Grails application on one VM can't access MongoDB on another VM

I have two VMs in a VMware cloud that belong to the same VApp and so are behind the same edge gateway. The both have their own different internal ip addresses but I route services from the outside to ...
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CentOS 7 with vmxnet3 stops transmitting

I'm setting up a virtual machine running CentOS 7 in a vmware environment, using a vmxnet3 virtual network adapter, and have run into a rather frustrating problem: the interface stops transmitting ...
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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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User profiles for ESXi [closed]

I have configured active directory with my ESXi Server and all is great. I created User Profiles for this experiment within Windows 2008r2. Logged in with a windows 7 VM within Vsphere, and all works. ...
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Detect memory ballooning from within the affected VM

Is it possible to detect from within a Linux VM that memory is being reclaimed by the memory balloon? I don't think any information about the host is propagated to the VM, so connecting to the host ...
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ESXi sees RAID1 as two hard drives

The server is Proliant ML330 G6. I've activated the embeded SATA RAID in BIOS. Created 1 logical drive in "Option Rom Configuration for Arrays" in RAID 0+1 that consists of two 1TB drives. So in other ...
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Can someone explain the different ESXi/vSphere products? [closed]

I'm looking to spin up an ESXi host on my server. I've booted into and installed ESXi 5.5 onto one of the server's disks. I'm looking for some information on two different aspects of ESXi. Is it ...
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Will a Veeam 8 Snapshot Backup be be unable to restore my non-quiescable file-based databases if someone is logged in to them at the time?

We have some very old file-based databases (multi-user, but not Server-based) that are running on some VMs on an VMWare ESXi. Setup HyperVisor The ESXi is running ESXi version 5.1.0 Virtual ...
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Single virtual machine in ESXi with all cores assigned

I have this 2 CPU server (2x4 = 8 cores in total) in which I plan to put a single W2012 virtual machine. Is it a good idea to configure 8 vCPU for the VM or should I leave spare cores to relief ...
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How to check ESXi 5.0 LSI raid rebuild status

Product name: LSI SAS3041E Is it possible to check the status of the rebuild? At the moment I only see that the raid is rebuilding/syncing from the lsi_log script, /var/log/vmkernel.log and vSphere ...
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HP DL360 G5 and using 3.5" sata drives OR USB [closed]

I have a HP DL360 G5 (1x 4core CPU, 4gb Ram, 4x 36gb SAS Hdd's) I am looking for some advice. This server is just for home use to run some VM's with ESXI 5.1 for my home network and some testing of ...
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EC2 UserData analog for Windows on ESXI

Are there any analog of the ec2 user data for the Windows on ESXI? I want to solve following task: when new instance starts at the first time on ESXI hypervisor it need to be bootstraped with some ...
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esxi passthrough storage adapter

I run ESXi 5.1.0 (HP version) on HP ProLiant ML310e G8 v2. There are 2 Storage Adapters: Smart Array P222 Dynamic Smart Array B120i Storage Adapters are visible in ESXi/Storage Adapters. Storage ...
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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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vSphere client cant connect after restart

Today all servers lost external connections simultaneously, we were unable to RDP or SSH to any of the servers with an external connection, however we could still access the ESXI server with vSphere ...
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ESXi host halts, console seems responsive but

... as soon as I enter a user name and password, it freezes. Won't let me hit "enter" to log in. Management ports are not responding, guest OS's are not responding. It did this once last week after ...
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Numbering scheme for CPU affinity

In the VMware Infrastructure Client (no vCenter), under the Resources / Advanced CPU section of each VM's Edit Settings dialog, there is an option to alter the Scheduling Affinity of a VM. It sets ...
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Strategy for virtualised Windows Server Updates to reduce downtime

We have a wonderful VMWare based visualized environment that has, until now, been hosting a collection of Linux based VMs. We've now added in a Windows Server 2008 R2 VM that hosts a SQL Server ...
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PowerOn failure after import from Workstation 10 to esxi 5.5

I have a working VM accessed through Workstation 10. I have imported the files to ESXI 5.5, then "Add[ed it] to Inventory" through the Datastore Browser. When I try to Power On the imported VM, I get ...
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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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DRBD as DR: syncing datastores of 2 ESXI hosts, vmdk consistency?

does anyone have experience with using DRBD (protocol C) to sync parts of the datastores of 2 esxi hosts for disaster recovery of selected guests? I have 2-3 guests that should be able to recover ...
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Fail to resize partition on Ubuntu 14 LTS / ESXi5

I want to resize the main partition of my Linux VM. I added space through ESXi interface Booted on GParted and resized the partitions However, the system does recognize the changes on disk ...
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ESXi Wake on LAN single host [closed]

I have a single esxi host I want to use WOL (wake on lan) to remotely power on. I do not have a vcenter server setup. Everything i've read says you have to have a Vcenter server and Vmotion setup to ...
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High availability using Fibre Channel and iSCSI in vSphere

I'm having a hard time understanding shared storage for high availability in vSphere. I have the following kit: 1 x Mac mini (ESXi 5.5 - part of vSphere) 1 x White box PC (ESXi 5.5 - part of vSphere ...
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VSphere web-client shows incorrect datastore capacity

On the vsphere web client I have a strange problem with one of my datastores as it's displayed capacity is incorrect. Originaly it had 1TB of disk space. After I increased it's capacity on 1.4TB the ...
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conflict in network interface configuration of CentOS 6.5

I am trying to create 2 network interfaces, one with DHCP and the other with static IP on a CentOS VM running on ESXi Server. Content of file ifcfg-eth0 is as follows: DEVICE=eth0 ONBOOT=yes ...
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OS X Mavericks (or Yosemite) on new VM in Vsphere? [closed]

Am I able to install OS X on a VM in VMware VSphere Client? I've already got ESXi 5.5 installed on my testing environment at home on my Dell PowerEdge server with 4 VMs running windows OS's accessing ...
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Limit ESXi guests to one public ip

I've been scratching my head on this issue the past few weeks. I've been searching but can't find the answer I want. Maybe I'm just bad at searching though. In any case, any feedback on this issue is ...
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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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Unable to ping between ESXi host and Netapp storage on the same switch

I am unable to ping between ESXi host and Netapp controller that are both connected on the same switch and configured for private IP addresses. Yet I CAN ping between 2 Esxi hosts and between 2 ...
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ESXi PCI passthrough on HP DL360 G5

I am running ESXi 5.5 on a DL360 G5 and the option for PCI passthrough shows 'Host does not support passthrough configuration'. I have enabled VT in the BIOS under processor options and I have x64 ...
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VMWare, esxi, vsphere, bare-metal [closed]

I would like to run multiple desktops simultaneously on the esxi without having to connect from another computer via vsphere. Can the be done straight on esxi? Or would I have to install workstation ...
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“A virtual machine fails to power on with the error: Thin/TBZ disks cannot be opened in multiwriter mode” - after disk size change in client

I tried to increase the size of my clustered virtual disk (2 vms) though the vSphere client. Big mistake apparently. Now when I attempt to start the vms, I get "A virtual machine fails to power on ...
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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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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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VMWare Tools. How often to update and how to handle it?

We have about 8 ESXi Servers (5.5) and about 100 VMs. I always try to keep the ESXi Servers up to date with the vmware patches. This seems to work more or less well for me. Sometimes i need some weeks ...
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VMWare distributed switch, VMs from different hosts cannot ping one another

I am using ESXi 5.1 in the hosts, I have setup a distributed switch with corresponding uplink and port groups. When migrating to distributed switch, it seems that VMs from the same host can ping one ...
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How can I fix Purple Screen of Death for ESX 5.5?

I have a ESX 5.5 installed on my HP Proliant DL 180 G6 with a configuration of 8X Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5540 @ 2.53GHz, 24 Gb RAM. Recently the server has crashed four times, showing the Purple ...
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What will happen if I install a 2-processor-licence on a 4-processor server with ESXi 5.5U2?

For I new setup I bought a Essentials Plus package for ESXi 5.5U2. This contains (according to the activation details): Three ESXi licenses for 2-socket-servers One vCenter license My ...
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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 ...