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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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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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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How does recent VMware ESXi (>= 5.1) use unallocated memory?

When an ESXi host is not under memory pressure (ie, running VMs are consuming less memory than physically available) how is "free" memory managed? Does it have some sort of block cache for block ...
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Deploy ESX virtual machine from template with esxcli

I have an ESXi 5.0 and VirtualCenter setup. I've created a VM template (let's call it rhel-template) and I want to deploy it from the command-line (via esxcli). How do I do so?
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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 5.5 hosts have multiple HostDateTimeSystem entries

I've been trying to do an audit of time skews on some of my hosts recently. Using PowerCLI I found a few scripts that reference the ConfigManager.DateTimeSystem to get the ESXi Host datetime. ...
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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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When using the puppet node init command, are the parameters to specify in the answers.install file

On puppet-enterprise version 3.3.1, I am attempting to use the puppet node init command on a VMware puppet master node hosted on a VMware VSphere client with VCenter 5.1.0. My puppet master node has ...
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Best way to test disaster recovery in a virtual environment

We are using vCenter, eSXi 5.1 and Acronis vmProtect to run and backup a network of virtual machines, both windows and *nix based. it is the latter I am interested in today. Some of these still run ...
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Change VMWare vSphere Memory Usage Charts to MB or GB

Is there a way to set VMWare vSphere Client to show my OS memory usage in MB or GB instead of KB?
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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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How do I consolidate multiple virtual disks attached to a VM guest?

I adopted a quirky environment. One of my DFS servers is a Windows Server 2003 Standard R2 server with: (1) virtual drive for OS partition (C) (1) virtual drive for temporary storage (F) (5) ...
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VMware vSphere VM at 100% workload CPU when real load average is near 0

I'm using VMware vSphere 5.5 on an ESXi 5.5 Host to host a small private web site. Host server is an HP ProLiant 380 DL with 50 GB Ram, 1 TB SSD storage, 2 Intel Xeon 5550 CPU. There are 10 running ...
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vCenter Server Appliance - Additional users

Is it possible to add other users to access the VCSA interface ONLY https://ipaddress:5480 without AD or SSO configuration? I can see a number of tutorials on adding users via shell access but yet I ...
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vCenter baseline patch detail ouput

Within Update Manager I have a number of Baselines configured that show a number of updates available. When clicking the content a handy popup shows with all the relevant Patch Details... Is there ...
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VM load and ping problems after replacing server motherboard

Recently, we had to replace the motherboard of one of our servers. The procedure was done by IBM as it had guarantee. The server runs ESXi 5.1, with several virtual machines, including our main mail ...
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Adding subnet to a vsphere with single vcenter and esxi host

Let me start of by saying that I do not specialize in networking, I am in the process of adding additional VMs to a testing environment and wanted some recommendations. In this case I am running a ...
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Active CARP network loop

I have to setup, no matter what, a cluster of 3 active OpenBSD 5.5 with CARP on 3 separate ESXi 5.5 hosts. I think I'm close to the end but I have this message in /var/log/messages : carp0: replay ...
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vmware esxi host ha state in election

In my Vmware Esxi server 5.1 , 2 host machines which are added as cluster ,there HA state is turned to ELection .I tried Reconfiguring the vsphere for HA it is not working .In cluster it shows issue ...
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arp problems with transparent bridge on linux

I've been trying to secure my virtual machines on my esx server by putting them behind a transparent bridge with 2 interfaces, one in front, one at the back. My intention is to put all the firewall ...
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Many writes IO/s in Centos 6.5 - reverse ratio from read - as is normal

We have many CentOS6.5 servers on ESXI5.5. Storages for vmdk is SAN ISCI. I have problem with bad ratio for write/read. On storages I have about 2500 write io and e.g 200 read! For all time in day. ...
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Hardware status with ESXi shows incomplete hardware info; wrong BMC details

I have an ESXi host that's part of a cluster of identical Dell R710 servers. One of the servers in the "Hardware" tab shows an incomplete list of hardware sensors, and under the BMC node, shows ...
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Does a vCenter need rights to read the Active Directory?

I'm completely lost with SSO and Active Directory. First i had an ESXi 5.1 standalone with vCenter virtual appliance with windows server 2008 r2 active directory, worked great. Later upgraded to 5.5 ...
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How to backup drivers from a 5.1 ESXi install?

I have a running system with ESXi 5.1 using specific drivers for two network cards. I can't remember how I found them, so I'd like to make a backup of these drivers for a new ESXi 5.5 install. It ...
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What will be deleted when I delete snapshot?

Using ESXi 5.0, I had a disk which was converted from VHD to VMDK using Winimage which left me with a sparse VMDK. I tried to snapshot the VM after importing it which caused a problem. I believe I ...
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hot plug sata to ESXi 5 server

Is it possible to hot plug an eSATA drive to an ESXi 5 server? I'm exploring backup solutions and hoping to hot add a datastore, copy my VM's over, then hotunplug.
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ESX convert vmdk from sparse to thin without creating a new instance

I am using vmkfstools to create a thin provisioned vmdk from a sparse vmdk. I would like to be able to just rename the vmdk and flat vmdk files to have the name of the original disk and then power on ...
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What is a reliable stress-test tool for Dell R820 running VMware ESXi?

We have a Dell PowerEdge R820 running VMware ESXi that has had multiple CPU errors over the past two months. It was originally having an IERR on CPU1 and now is showing CPU Check errors for CPU3. I ...
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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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Virtualized endian firewall on VMWare ESXi - VPN Malfunction

we got a physical machine with VMWare ESXi 5.1.0 U1 hosting a virtual Endian Firewall 2.5.2 all is running properly. The NICs are configured as shown in this image: http://imgur.com/o4IXn2D We have ...
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Suddenly cannot reach (ping) remote server on a remote site

We have 2 sites linked together with VPN tunnel (Fortigate 60C devices). On each site I have ESXi server with a couple of VMs. Normally, everything works fine. Site 1 (S1) subnet is ...
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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 5.1 local datastore no longer accessable

I'm running ESXi and just recently rebuilt a raid array, and now an existing local datastore is no longer accessable in ESXi. The details: Original Configuration: 1x usb drive (on the backplane) ...
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How can I measure VMWare hosted server performance?

We have multicores server hosted by VMWare ESXi with RAID 5. We can't figure out why our software operates so slow with it. How can we measure real VMWare performance? Is there well-known test utility ...