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

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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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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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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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HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i ESXi performance issue

One of our small offices was in need of a small server to perform certain tasks. Because the noise and size an of a regular server i went with the HP ProLiant Microserver Gen8 G1610T. Witch i expected ...
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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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Slow throughput speeds with fusionio iodrive2

I recently purchased two HP 380P Gen 8 servers with 365GB IODrive2s for VDI using Vmware View 5.2. After using the latest HP vmware 5.1 update 1 ESX installer and then installing the Fusion-io ...
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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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Vagrant with VMware ESXi Provider

I am attempting to work with Vagrant and the vagrant-vsphere plugin to deploy machines to my VMware ESXi server. Has anyone had any luck in getting this to work? I realize that vagrant-vsphere is ...
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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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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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ESXi Physical to Virtual Migration Unused Hard Drive Space

I figured I would ask before I built a test environment to try this out. I have a physical server that has a somewhat large amount of physical storage. It is running SQL and would prefer to do a cold ...
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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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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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VMWare guests (RHEL 5.4 64bits) freezing randomely

We got a weird situation here: we have dozen VMWare guests that drops their network with the following error message: NETDEV WATCHDOG: eth1: transmit timed out e1000: eth1: e1000_watchdog_task: NIC ...
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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 ...
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Unable to SSH into ESXi 4.1 host - “Access Denied”

I am unable to SSH into an existing ESXi server. I have a user which is in the "root" and "users" group and is able to connect via vSphere. However after enabling "Remote support (SSH)", attempting to ...
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How to check HDD health on ESXI 5 host with Win2k8r2 guest?

I have a guest Win2k8r2 which is hosted on esxi 5.0 The guest has two passthrough harddrives connected to it and configured as mirrored volume in windows disk management. How can I check for ...
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Resizing virtual thick disk vmware esxi 4.1

On a VMWare ESXi 4.1 server I have a virtual machine with Windows XP. The virtual disk is thick provisioned. The Virtual Machine Version is 7. I have checked that there are no snapshots and I powered ...
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What hints are available to determine if a VPS was reverted to a snapshot

I have a hosted VPS and recently had a problem with it, that they fixed. I'm waiting for them to get back to me on what the problem is. Til then, what hints can a Windows 2008 Server OS give as to ...
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Cannot write to ESXi Datastore

I am having a problem with on of our ESXi servers and hoping someone can help us resolve it. I just installed ESXi on a server with 2 2TB drives that are in a RAID 1 configuration using an Adaptec ...
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samhain corrupt record in the file signature database

in RHEL 5 server running as a guest in ESXi 4, we installed ESXi patches and then installed vmware tools update. when I run samhain -t update --foreground i get: there is a corrupt record in the ...
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networking through openstack installed on vm

I am trying to set up a test installation of Openstack on a Ubuntu 12.04 VM running on a ESXi server. So far I have been able to launch the VMs on the ESXi, however am unable to assign IP addresses to ...
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XenServer VMs can't reach network

I'm currently trying to setup a small cloud architecture , I'm using in the installation CloudStack 2.2.14 which need two node : a management server (as node1) to provision the cloud and a hypervisor ...
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Multi-Tenant VMWare View Deployment

We have VMWare View 5 set up for a single tenant environment, absolutely brilliant and works perfectly. Two thumbs up there! We're looking at the possibility of deploying this in a multi tenant ...
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Would enabling VMCI on a Nexenta VM alone benefit me?

I am trying to increase the performance of my NAS. Would enabling VMCI on a Nexenta VM alone benefit me?
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VMWare vSphere client fails to connect to the server

This morning we lost connectivity to all the virtual servers hosted on one of the ESXi machines. Trying to connect to it using the vSphere client we're getting the following message: Call ...
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Why has NFS suddenly started performing abysmally in FreeNAS 8

I've been using ESXi 5.0 quite successfully with my datastore provided by NFS share on FreeNAS 8. All of a sudden i'm experiencing terrible performance. I've ruled out some things: Hardware (FreeNAS ...
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Installation of VMware tools fails

When i am using VMware converter to host my image to ESXi , It asks for install VMWare tools. Few times i unselected that option(without knowing the importance) and hosted. When i am trying to ...
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Can a pcie revo drive be used with esxi 4.0

I am running esxi 4.0 on a dell T110 server. The server does not see the pcie revo drive (OCZSSDPX-1RVD0180) as a storage device nor does it see it in the hardware that can be enabled in the VM Pass ...
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vmware ESXi 5.0 snapshot backup failed “500 internal server error”

I'm trying to backup virtual machine on ESXi 5.0 using Trilead Vm Explorer 3.7 but I'm getting 500 internal server error: 1) Snapshot is created. 2) Files download started. Some files have been ...
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No network connection for vmware esxi guests

I'm new to VMware and setting up an Esxi server as a trial with the intention of possibly virtualizing some of our servers in the near future. I have setup ESXi on a Dell poweredge server, and ...
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Troubleshoot vmware ESXi Partial/No redundancy of datastore

I have SAS HBA connected to HP P2000sa, HBA Port1 is connected to controller A and HBA Port2 is connected to controller B, and the same on the another host. Should be redundancy shown as Full ? ...
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ESXi 4.1 Virtual Guest Machines not able to access the internet

on Guest VM (ubuntu) /etc/resolv.conf nameserver 10.0.11.1 domain bts.md search bts.md ----------- route Kernel IP routing table Destination Gateway Genmask Flags Metric Ref ...
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Imaging VM to multiple ESXi

I am trying to create an image of my VM from one ESXi to multiple ESXis. I have read a lot of posts and followed many suggestions. EG. using VEEAM backup, converting to OVF, and copying the VDMK ...
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How to configure network adapter on ESXi?

When I create a VM on the ESXi Server, I go through VM-->Settings and select Network Adapter, but under Network Connection, I only have a drop-down box with a single VM Network selection, and when I ...