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

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P2V - Cold Clone ISO

I need to cold clone a physical box in a VMWare environment. What are people using for this these days? My preference is for VMWare's vConverter ISO, but it appears that this was discontinued. It's ...
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VMXNET3 nic loses the ability to update ARP table after N hours

I have a fedora 18 VM that stops updating the arp table on eth1 after running for a number of hours to days. There are other VMs on the same hypervisor that can access all of the same networks without ...
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Recommended version of vmtools for Ubuntu?

When I browse VMware's VMtools repository I see that they are up to date on CentOS, but not on (any version?) of Ubuntu. ...
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persisting esxi /bootbank/boot.cfg across reboots

i have a serial console connected to my esxi 5.5 server. and the configs work fine for the pxe install. however, upon reboot my console no longer works: i believe i need to change the file ...
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Now to manage an LSI 9261-8i in vSphere 4.1, or a good alternative RAID card?

I've been struggling with a new VMware server we recently got. Everything installed fine, but I'm unable to manage the RAID card. The built-in monitoring works (kind of), but I need to manage it, not ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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VMware CLI cannot seem to find where to create VM?

I have installed VMware CLI 5.5 on a CentOS box to bash-script VM functions, including creating VMs. I can not find the right command to create a VM. Has anyone created a VM using esxcfg or ...
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ssh server stops on ESXi 5.5 for no reason

I have a ESXi host that I have never been able to access via ssh. I have tried every tutorial I can find on enabling ssh via the command line and the vSphere client to no avail. I enable the ssh, ...
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What happens on an SQL Server when a snapshot is taken by VMWare?

Recently I saw in our SQL Server logs that a snapshot could not be taken at the specific time and he retried it later on. During that timespan we had a huge performance problem. Besides the SQL Server ...
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EXSI4.0. 2 different kernels - one boots other locks up immediately, how to check initrd difference

I have a ESXI4.0.0 (v4) host, where I am trying to install a guest. The host machine is a regular Intel PC. I have 2 different ISO images (heavily modified version of SLES for a commercial product), ...
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Replacing failed drive on a ESXi host

I have a failing drive on my ESXi 4 host and I'm going to replace it. There is no fault tolerance (RAID), each drive on its own. I'm planning do offline dding old drive to new one but I'm not sure ...
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VMWare - NAS - Setup

We're a new company, setting up infrastructure to support our service arm. For this project we have .. Three hypervisors running ESXi 5.5.0 A Synology NAS device. Permission to do what needs to be ...
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A VM on VMware goes back on time on reboot

This is strange, I had cloned a base build VM and had it running for 3 days, starting from October 6th. Due to a maintenance issue, had to reboot the server and found it had everything lost. No ...
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Local storage for Server 2012 file share under ESXi

I have an ESXi 5.5 server with two local disks, one is 300GB and the other is 2TB. The configuration is for a small organization that will have two Windows 2012 servers - one Domain Controller and the ...
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How to find mpx (disk name) for kickstart script

I am trying to install ESXi 4.1 to a USB (embedded installation) using a script. I red the VMWare documentation and I believe I have to specified autopart --disk with the USB disk name. This is my ...
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Agent converter Error ColdClone P2V to ESXI 5.5 server

I am Trying to convert a machine in a coldclone environment, because the current vConverter software does not support the raid system on a machine. Thus, i do not want to disable it. After reading ...
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VMWare use of Gratuitous ARP REPLY

I have an ESXi cluster that hosts several Windows Server VMs and around 30 Windows workstation VMs. Packet captures show a high number of ARP replies of the form: -sender_ip: VM IP -sender_mac: VM ...
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ESXi 5.5 Unable to connect to a ESXI

I've lost connection to several ESXi 5.5. First, I saw they lost connection with vCenter (5.5 SLES Appliance). Then I tried to connect directly to the ESXi using the vSphere Client, and got Error ...
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NTFS Share vs. NFS Datastore on VMware 5.5

I am currently using Physical Server 2012R2 of 10TB RAID5 mapped as a NTFS share to the Virtual Machine, which is a Camera Server 2012R2 hosted on VMware 5.5. Storage Server is used only for all video ...
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ESXi 5.5 crash on passthrough

HW: whitebox i7-4771 on gigabyte Z87X-UD5H, Adaptec 6085H sas controller VT-d and VT-x enabled in bios. Problem: Freshly installed ESXi 5.5 update 1 Mark sas controller for passthrough, reboot ...
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Untangle running on ESXi sending tagged VLAN to Cisco switch not working

basically here is my setup: [Host A] = A hypervisor running ESXi 5.0 [Switch A] = A Cisco 2960-S Series 48 port switch [Switch B] = A Cisco 2960-S Series 48 port switch [P-Router] = *A physical ...
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Server 2012 slow performance on ESXi 5.5

I'm having performance issues with a virtual Server 2012 that is installed on an ESXi 5.5 (HP-ESXi-5.5.0-iso-5.71.3). The hardware server is an HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8. The server 2012 is acting as ...
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VMware ESXi RDM Shared Disk and Multipathing

I have set up a RAW mapped storage device which is shared between 3 VMs. In the guest OSs the disk shows up fine but when I try to set up multipathing I can only see one path. In the virtual machine ...
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Migrating a VMware ESXi 3.5 image from one server to another

The primary reason we're migrating is to keep all our configuration settings ... php, mysql, Apache Solr ... the same when we change servers. The existing server is behind a firewall and that's all ...
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SSH not working when called by automated script

SUMMARY: My script which includes ssh runs fine from the command line but the ssh part does not work when the script is called by an an automated daemon (apcupsd). DETAIL: I've got an ESXi server and ...
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ESXi 5.1 SCSI and NMP Errors Filling vmkernel.log

On a group of ESXi 5.1 systems, I am seeing the following errors every 5 minutes or so: 2014-04-04T11:22:45.374Z cpu1:8193)NMP: nmp_ThrottleLogForDevice:2319: Cmd 0x1a (0x4124022be3c0, 0) to dev ...
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Command to add permissions to user under ESXi 4.1 via console

So I don't have to give them the password for the root account, wich is shared with other services, I need to add administrator rules to another user in several (30+) ESXi 4.1.0 servers. Creating the ...
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2950 internal backup SATA drive

We have a Dell 2950 II with 4 76GB drives in a RAID 10 configuration, running ESXi and 5 virtual machines. The RAID controller is Perc5/i. There is a low transaction rate, so this gives us minimal ...
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Boot disk with VMFS read/write driver

I want to rule out the ESXi kernel being the cause for my terrible 15MB/s write speed on the local VMFS datastore. I am using a Dell PERC H710 RAID controller, and would like to boot from a boot disk ...
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how to “configure host” in MegaRaid Storage manager 13.01.04.00

I have created a virtual machine on ESxi host and installed Megaraid Storage manager on the virtual machine. i can see local host dicovered on MSM but when i configure Esxi host ip and try discovering ...
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Adding Storage to ESXi host in lab environment

I currently have a lab environment set up with 2 virtual machines running on a server 2012 hyper-v host. One being an esxi machine and one being a server 2008 machine that has the Vsphere management ...
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Computers Suddenly Lost Connection to SBS 2008 Server

I am having an issue that I could not explain myself in the entire of my career. The issue is when the entire computers just randomly and suddenly lost connection to the server, running Windows Server ...
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SANHQ iSCSI network access

Trying to setup and configure SANHQ on a virtual server. Network I have patched 1 vmnic from each ESXi host into the iSCSI switch and configured the switch ports to access the same vlan as the san. ...
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vmware disk import from virtualbox

I imported a virtualbox machine into vmware ESXi 5.1. I did this by using converting the disk image by using 'qemu-img convert vbox-machine.dsk -O vmdk vbox-machine.vmdk' I then created a vm guest in ...
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ESX: allowing users to snapshot VMs without vSphere Client Access

I am using ESX (latest free version 5.X) to host multiple VMs (mainly Windows with some Linux). Users will have control of these VMs and should be able to snapshot them, however I don't want to deal ...
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iSCSI strange write performance from ESXi to QNAP TS559 and TS869

I have a strange performance issue with VMWare ESXi 5.0 and QNAP NAS (I tried with both a TS559 and a TS869 with the same result). The issue is this: I enabled iSCSI on the QNAP and created a ...
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NFS export has an incorrect mapping

I am attempting to share 2 USB drives over NFS on a linux machine to an ESXi host as 2 different datastores. When I connect to NFS server using either the ESXi host or another NFS client, I can mount ...
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Why does Windows have such a loose processor affinity

A while back, I did some playing around with new Win2008 virtual machine and found some serious concerns. The server is Dell T610. 16gig, 4 core, 8 logical, 2.4ghz Xeon, 5600 series. ESXi 4.1.0 The ...
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SQL failover cluster on single ESXi host

I'm setting up a virtual environment consisting of 10 VM's with 2 primary SQL databases required. The infrastructure allocates two pairs of SQL 2008 R2 Enterprise edition (VM's). The pairs are ...
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VMware ESX/i syslog content

I am working on an expansion of our monitoring footprint, and we are currently looking at including data from our visualized environment. As our monitoring license is based on logged volumes, and we ...
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ESXi guest machine has has no network

Hello guys, first of all an explanation of our situation: We have bought a dedicated server with ESXi already setup and we're in kind of a hurry to get things set up correctly. We're working on the ...
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ESXI 5.0.0 guests locking up

I have an ESXI 5.0.0 running four Windows Server 2008 R2 guests. They are named: APP, EXCH, DC, RDS. Just as of last night, one guest (DC) locked up. We reset the guest this morning after noticing ...
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esxi 5 web console modifications

I have been a bit perplexed by the whole "web console" for esx 5. I" I hope to add a few html pages and some python scripts server side to the "welcome page" so that I can have a self contained ...
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Querying boot order with powershell in vsphere

We have any environment with thousands of virtual desktop hosted on a vshpere hypervisor. I'm looking for a way to check the boot order in the bios of each vm to ensure they all are set up properly. ...
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ESXi 6.0 crashes on install

I have ESXi 6.0 downloaded and installed to a bootable USB drive. The drive boots the installed but when the installer starts to load the kernel, the computer reboots and the process just repeats. ...