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

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Reset DELL iDRAC password without rebooting ESXi

For one of our machines we lost our root password for the iDrac7 Enterprise interface. The machine is running many virtual machines and turning them off would be a huge task. So, my question is: Is ...
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ESXi host memory usage seems high with no VMs running

I have set up an ESXi 6.0 Update 1 installation on a HP ProLiant Microserver Gen8. This is using the HP-provided image for ProLiant servers. With no VMs running the host memory usage is 1714 MB, ...
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Modifying qemu without screwing up my current install

I currently have kvm installed on my Debian laptop: kvm --version QEMU emulator version 2.1.2 (Debian 1:2.1+dfsg-12+deb8u5a), I want to modify it to supported nested virtualization (ESXi VMs). ...
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VMware ESXi config pass-through for Fibre Channel

I want to config pass-through for FC in VMware ESXi 5.5 (FC HBA: ISP2532-based 8Gb Fibre Channel to PCI Express HBA) follow the link https://tinkertry.com/usb3passthru. But when I turn on the virtual ...
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Does ESXi 6.0 Support any PCIe x1 SATA RAID Controllers?

I'm trying to find a PCIe x1 SATA RAID controller, that is supported by ESXi 6. I've spent hours searching the ESXi compatibility site, however I have yet to come across one. Is this a fruitless ...
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How to consolidate snapshots in ssh command line for esxi 5.5?

Is there is a way to execute consolidation disks for snapshots in SSH console for Esxi 5.5 without to have to delete all snapshots and don't have to use vSphere client ?
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iSCSI switch replacement (2 VMware hosts)

Good morning everyone, I recently bought two unmanaged NetGear 1gb switches to replace our older unmanaged Cisco 1gb iSCSI switches. Right now, the only devices currently connected to this network ...
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DHCP Server with multiple network interfaces and different subnets

I am trying to set up a dhcp server (isc dhcpd on debian 8 (vm inside an esxi environment)) with 4 network interfaces, eth0-3. The dhcp server should serve a different subnet on the interfaces eth1, ...
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vSphere 5.5 guests are consuming ALL host memory

I've never had this issue before, but when I was enabling fault tolerance, it seemed to break something and now my guests are consuming ALL of it's memory on the host. I know with fault tolerance, ...
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Virtual disk expansion

I'm running a virtual image (which happens to be our server for a number of programs) on a machine running ESXi 5.5.0. Although the host computer has a SSD of about 200GB, the virtual image was ...
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Can you use a USB hard drive in ESXI?

I know that you can install ESXi 4.0 on a thumbdrive, but I was wondering if you could plug in an external harddrive to give extra storage to one of your VMs? We run a fileserver inside of ESXi that ...
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Is it possible to connect two ESX host directly without physical switch?

I have two physical hosts without switc and single WAN connection. host B running many backup software and other tools. Is it possible to connect two ESX host directly without phisical switch? Look ...
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How to export a VMware ESXi 5 VM into a file to restore it later?

As I've bought a server it had a RAID controlleer which was not supported by VMWare ESXi 5, so I had to install it in a bare non-RAID configuration. Now as I've bought a supported RAID controller I am ...
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What are the steps to export a VM from KVM to ESXi?

I want to be able to export a KVM based VM to an ESXi 5.1/5.5 host. My current methods ends up with the VM not being able to boot on the ESXi host. (I have tried importing the same .ova on VirtualBox ...
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How to connect to a vm on esxi by command line?

I want to connect to a vm running on an ESXi host by command line. With VmWare Workstation, i can use this command to start an view a local vm: vmware.exe -X -q <path>\MyVM.vmx With ESXi, i ...
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How to check if a vm is running on an esxi by command line? [closed]

How can i check, if a vm is actually running on one of my esxi hosts by command line? I know, that i can ping it, when i have the ip adress at my hand, but that has to do with the things inside the ...
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Connecting two ESXi servers via LAN

i have an issue with configuring two ESXi servers to communicate with each other. My configuration looks like this: 2 ESXi servers with 4-4 Ethernet ports. ETH01 on each server is used for internet (...
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VMware Integrated OpenStack with a single cluster

I'm currently in the process of deploying VMware Integrated OpenStack for a testing installation which will move into production later. In the current stage we have three ESXi hosts, more will be ...
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HP ProLiant ML350p Gen8 server keeps crashing (full speed fans)

I have a problem with a HP ProLiant ML350p Gen8 server. Most of the time it runs fine, but after several weeks of uptime, the server crashes out of the blue. This happened about 5 times now. When it ...
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How do I move vCenter Server Appliance to a vDS?

I am trying to migrate both the only vCSA and the VMKernel interface in my ESXi host from a standard vSwitch to a vDS, and that gave me all kinds of mess. How to do that properly? Bear in mind that ...
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If two VMs are on the same ESXi server, and they access each others files, is the file access optimized some how?

If you have two physical machines on a physical network, in order to share files, they have to traverse the network, and network equipment to get to each other. Even if you have two VMs on two ...
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Exchange Information Store keeps restarting event ID 7024

My problem is as mentioned above that the exchange information store keeps restarting. I am running Exchange 2010 SP2 on 2008 R2 as a VM The event log shows the following entry realted to this: ...
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Restore and Backup Hypervisors

So, I have two hypervisors (Hyper-V and VMWare ESXi) running on bare metal in two diferent machines. What I need is to make an installation and configuration in two other machines with the same exact ...
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Finding or estimating sequential vs random distribution of existing system (VMware / SAN)

IOMeter testing says the IOPs of the storage subsystem can range from hundreds of IOPs for 100% random loads to tens of thousands IOPs for 100% sequential loads. Is there any way I can measure or ...
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ESXI 6.0 system disk boot failure

My Poweredge 2950 running esxi 6.0 has worked for a long time. Running raid5 on 4 2TB disks. And one 1TB for system and VM. First I notised that I could't open console on my VM's. After a reboot some ...
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How do I load VMDK backups into a VMWare server?

It's a long story, but one of my VMs ended up not being backed up through Veeam, but we DO have the raw nvram, vm*, and log files. It appears that I need to load it onto our ESXi server's datastore. ...
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Incorrect memory hp ProLiant ML110 G6 in VMWare

My ESXi server is report that it only has 8GB where as it actually has 16GB. I do not have physical access to the machine. How could I go about verifying this information? I am currently using the ...
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Mounting disks of remote ESXi pair as a LUN in local ESXi server

Imagine a pair of servers with fiber channel adapters. Normally each one can connect to the shared SAN storage using its HBA and fiber cords, Now, eliminating the SAN, is it possible to interconnect ...
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HCI Servers Build… Starwind VSAN or VMWare vSAN? [closed]

I'm hopefully going to build a few HCI node servers, with this chassis: Supermicro | Products | SuperServers | 2U | 6028UX-TR4 I'd like to do 3 nodes, hyperconverged with a VSAN software. 2 E5-...
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How to match a drive seen by esxcli to the virtual drive seen by RAID storcli

I have a small project to collect the RAID-level information on VMware ESXi. I have a ESXi host with LSI RAID controller setup. I'm able to run storcli on the host to get the RAID controller ...
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VMWare ESX: Intermittent network connectivity when guests are on same host

ESXi 5.5.0, Build: 2403361 on Dell R620 Servers 2 phys servers, 1 SAN, 15+ VMs Issue: In some cases, when guest A and B are on the same phys server, network communication between the two is ...
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ESXi 5.5 on HP ProLiant DL380 G7 Server

I want to install ESXi 5.5 on a HP ProLiant DL380 G7 Server but it doesn't see any disks. Any idea why? I don't see any option in the BIOS regarding storage. I have 8 SATA drives and want to use them ...
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Virtual socket vs core per socket Best practise [duplicate]

Is this right way of assigning 8 Cpu's on Vmware? I have research but couldn't find a right answer. What is the difference between virtual socket and core per socket.
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In VMware ESXi 5.x, does it make a difference if I select 2 CPU cores vs. 2 CPU sockets?

Title pretty much says it all. I'm just wondering if this makes a difference in the way VMs will process things and if one method is preferable vs. another.
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vSphere Cluster Management Network

I have a questions regarding where to place the management network for ESXi. I know that it should be separated from other traffic. i have a management network that I have setup already that I use to ...
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Where is the right place to install the ESX vSphere?

I have one server with 6 hotplug 300G SAS HDD. Where is the right place to install the ESX vSphere? 6 HDD RAID10 for datastore and ESX vSphere together -------- OR -------- 2 HDD RAID1 for ESX ...
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VMware ESXi 5.5 possible in-band interface

I wish to create a private network in VMWare ESXi 5.5 that would allow a dedicated in-band interface between a guest and the hypervisor. We can then use that in-band interface to run pyvmomi to ...
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Veeam Backup failing. Cannot create a shadow copy of the volumes containing writers data

We have a Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 VMWare VM that is failing Veeam backups with the following error: Failed to prepare guest for hot backup. Error: VSSControl: 1 Backup job failed. Cannot create a ...
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Send keystrokes Vmware ESXi Linux installation

I'm trying to automate my Linux installation using VMware ESXi. The OS is a custom ISO from vendor which only asks for 2 things: 1) Check Media integrity 2) Confirm formatting existing Hard Disk. I ...
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How does vCenter alter ESXi Host connectivity to Guest VMs?

Prior to installing vCenter, I had been using vSphere (local thick client) and was able to authenticate to the ESXi host and click "Open Console" to control guest VMs. After installing a vCenter ...
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VMware snapshot merge vs delete on “DELETE ALL”

A simple version of this question has been asked before (and links to VMware site for simple scenarios exist) - but this is a bit more complicated. I have 4 snapshot scenarios under VMware esxi 5.5: ...
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datastore is gone from Storage but its exist

I have ESXI 5.5 installed on my dedicated server. unfortunately after rebooting the server (hardware reboot/hot reboot) "Datastore2" isn't in Summary --> Storage. But fortunately "Datastore2" folder ...
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VMware ESXi - Mixing 5.5 and 6.0 in the same datacenter

I currently have 2 clusters, both containing 5.5 hosts. Cluster A hosts the brunt of my servers, cluster B hosts a couple servers, but is primarily used as a off-site backup location for all my Veeam ...
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vmware | virtual machine vmdk hdd error

After power troubleshooting I get this message: Reason: 5 (Input/output error). Cannot open the disk '/vmfs/volumes/4d78ed66-47c6d550-de03-0017a4770002/tory/tory-000002.vmdk' or one of the snapshot ...
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Debian 8 dpkg extremely slow

Using debian 8 (fresh installation), i downloaded webmin using: wget http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/webadmin/webmin_1.780_all.deb then i installed it using: dpkg --install webmin_1.780_all....
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VMware - trigger alert when a VM moves to a particular datastore?

We have a VMware cluster that doesn't have SDRS enabled. We would like to know when a VM moves to a particular datastore on that cluster because that datastore is non-performance storage. I can't ...
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Bind nic to VM on VMware ESXi 5

I have physical server with 2 Broadcom NIC's. First NIC connected to local network, via this connection we can: Connect to ESXi hypervisor (hypervisor has local ip, e.g. 192.168.1.5) Connect to VM ...
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How can I use all memory on the ESXi 5 host?

I am under the impression that 2 of the 6 GB on a ESXi 5 host are not used. This is a single host with a free licence. When I assign resources to the VMs there is only 4GB available, and under "...
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Is it a good a idea to create a fake raid 1 for guest on ESXi?

I have an old server with software raid and I would like to install ESXi with 2 hard disks. I have read that I can install a guest (i.e. Ubuntu Server) and add two hard disks in different datastores ...
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0xc0000225 error after P2V with VMWare Converter

I'm having an error with a P2V conversion of a Server 2008 R2 machine with VMWare Converter. The machine is going from an HP server to a Dell 2950. The machine fails to boot and spits out a ...