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

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ESXi Windows Server 2003 Guest 32-bit Installation gets stuck on blue Starting Windows screen?

I'm trying to install Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition 32-bit as a guest on ESXi 5.1 for testing purposes; but when I try to install it, it gets stuck on the blue Starting Windows screen and the ...
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VMware vmx HDD boot order and CD-ROM boot order

In a VMWare .vmx file one can set a key to define the order of HDDs to try for booting, e.g.: bios.hddOrder = "scsi2:2,scsi0:1,ide1:0" This is useful when there are many possible bootable HDDs ...
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Why are my VMWare 5 virtual machines not booting when converted over to Microsoft Hyper-V 2012r2?

I have a Dell VMWare 5.x environment, but am experimenting with Microsoft Hyper-V (server 2012r2 64). I am using the Microsoft converter utility to move these vm's, which completes fine but the ...
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How to insulate apps from underlying OS changes using Docker

I'm not a docker user, just want to know if this is an accurate use case for docker. Current State We deploy custom Java apps on RHEL/VMware. To function properly, the apps depend on local Java ...
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Recovering broken VMDK image

we had a disk failure on our VM host (VMWare ESXI 5.1). We've managed to get some of the data off but some of the file we couldn't get as it kept on causing the disk to crash. I have file like ...
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VMware vSwitch and double tagging (QinQ)

I'm experiencing an issue while trying to pass double tagged through a vSwitch. A physical interface on the VMWare host machine is receiving double tagged traffic - the outer tag differentiates ...
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HP ProLiant disk failure, proceed or do not proceed

We have a HP proliant DL385 G7 server that’s a vmware ESXI host with a failed hard drive – the drive is a HP SAS-MDL, 7.2 K, 2TB. When we boot the server we get the attached message and we are not ...
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Can an ESXi 5.1 VM have Applicaiton Aware Image Processing enabled at the sametime it has Freeze/Thaw Scripts?

So you can't enable Application Aware Image Processing at the same time you have Freeze/Thaw scripts enabled. But in the event that you have a VSS Aware (such as SQL Server 2008 R2) database on ...
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What happens when the USB key or SD card I've installed VMware ESXi on fails?

An SD (SDHC) card installed in an HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 server running VMware ESXi just failed :( I encountered some ominous looking messages on the vCenter console and in the HP ProLiant ILO event ...
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Vmotion without shared storage

ive read that I can do vmotion without shared storage from 5.1 onwards. Can I do it with standard edition? Or only enterprise?
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Is vSphere Web Client (Server) available on linux?

Is vSphere Web Client (Server) available on linux? Based on vSphere 5 Documentation Center it seems to me that only Windows platform is supported. It would be great not to run Windows in VirtualBox ...
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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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How do I securely manage a VMWare ESXi 4.1 host over the internet?

I would like to place my VMware ESXi 4.1 server in a data center but I'm concerned that assigning a public IP to the host to enable remote management over the net (with VMware vSphere client or SSH) ...
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How to [politely?] tell software vendor they don't know what they're talking about

Not a technical question, but a valid one nonetheless. Scenario: HP ProLiant DL380 Gen 8 with 2 x 8-core Xeon E5-2667 CPUs and 256GB RAM running ESXi 5.5. Eight VMs for a given vendor's system. ...
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assign Second IP in ESXi 5.5 host Centos 6.6

Hello i have just installed CenOSs 6.6 on ESXi 5.5 and I have eth0 working fine. I have internet access and I want to assign a second IP in CentOS. So purchased another ip from oneprovider.com and ...
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Slow download big static files from nginx

I'm using debian 7 x64 in vmware-esxi virtualization. Max download per client is 1mb/s and nginx no use more than 50mbps together and my question is what may cause so slow transfers? server ...
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Standalone vCenter web client

I wish to have a VMWare vCenter Web Client without setting up vCenter Server Systems such that the Web Client connects directly to an ESXi host. I only have 1 ESXi host, setting up vCenter seems ...
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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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V2V vCenter Server Standalone Converter

Environment: VM: Server 2008 Standard R2 with vCenter Server 4.1 installed running on VMware Workstation 7.1. I'm pretty confident I've done my homework on the required port settings that have to be ...
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VMWare Error: Read-only file system during write on

I tried hundreds of forums and posts, but nothing seem to help! I have vSphere ESXi 5.5. and when starting ESXi the first time it created and formatted a storage automatically. For some reason I ...
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Cannot establish TCP connection from ESXi to port 9084 on vCenter

One of my ESXi 5.1 hosts fails to download patches from vSphere Update Manager (installed together with vCenter 5.1 on a single machine). The relevant part of esxupdate.log reads: ...
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Shutting down machine while deleting large snapshot

On ESXi 5.1, i started deleting a snapshot some hours ago.. A big snapshot of about 800gb. the machine is an SQL Server. It is only at 34% on deleting. can i just shutdown the machine while ...
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vmware ESXi 5 cant delete file from host

I was uploading a file to a datastore on ESXi 5 host, when something went wrong. I rebooted the host, but now cannot delete the file. (I renamed it to BADFILE). As you can see from the commands ...
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Very odd behavior with a Realtek NIC in ESXi 5

I am experiencing a strange issue in ESXi 5. I just installed a new NIC (RTL8169, which is supported), but ESXi only recognizes it on the first reboot after the installation. So in order: Shutdown ...
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virtualize or bypass EPT support in Vmware Esxi

I am trying to run a VM that requires EPT support, which my cpu(X7350) appears to not support.(Enabling hardware MMU creates an error saying that host does not support EPT). When I run that VM i get ...
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Virtualized Server 2003 vs Server 2008 R2 file transfer rate differences?

Basically I am trying to find out where the difference in the rate of a network file copy might come from. I have a virtual Server 2008 R2 SP1 and a virtual Server 2003 R2 SP2, using the same store, ...
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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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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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Setup DMZ in Pfsense with virtual servers, physical Pfsense server

I am looking for some networking tips on how to set up a DMZ in Pfsense and place some virtual servers in that DMZ. Right now my network looks like: Uverse (Static IPs) -> Pfsense -> WAN -> (Virtual ...
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apcupsd slave client keeps loosing and restoring communications with UPS master

On a VMWare ESXI 5.0.0 (vSphere Hypervisor - the free version) I have three server images. All running CentOS 6 - Linux. All are configured to run the apcupsd ( http://www.apcupsd.org/ ) daemon for ...
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deploy physical server from vmware template (linux)

I've been looking at replacing several aging servers, and to that end, I've prepared a vmware template to act as a standardized base. However, it's now become a requirement that I be able to deploy ...
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Force network messages from VM's on same ESXi to gateway

In the context of introducing ESXi we would like to know if it is possible to force messages destined from VM_A to VM_B on the same ESXi towards the gateway. The reason behind this seemingly strange ...
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ESX or ESXi as FCoE or ISCSI or NFS target?

Is is possible to set up ESXi or more expensive ESX server as a storage target (FCoE, ISCSI or NFS, in that order) for other ESX servers? If so, how?
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Can I have 2 different ESXI Versions in the one Vcenter

Can I have 2 different ESXI Versions in the one Vcenter? MyVcenter is split up into several Clusters (for management and user separation/security reasons) . All host in a cluster are at the same patch ...
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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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rsync not behaving the same in script vs shell

Afternoon ServerFault, I have hit a problem that I can seem to reach a solution to, I currently have a backup script that is meant to rsync VMs off our VMWare box onto our backup server, the problem ...
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creating a VM on ESXi 5.5 using ISO on a USB attached to host

I have a ESXi 5.5 host server where i need to build a Xubuntu Server, my bandwidth limits me from sharing the ISO over the LAN, and my host server does not have a CD/DVD drive. so is it possible to ...
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Nagios alert “ESX3 Critical - Error: Cannot complete login due to an incorrect user name or password” after changing root password via vSphere

I currently just inherited Nagios administration after an employee was let go a couple of days ago. As part of our procedures for exiting employees, we changed passwords for all accounts the employee ...
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VMware hypervisor license [duplicate]

can I use VMware vsphere hypervisor license on multiple host on different network? Apologize that one license is used in a farm in India and I will use the same license in a farm in UK. Obviously I ...
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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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VMware ESXi: dynamic registration in DNS fails

I installed an ESXi server 5.5 in our test lab. Everything runs fine, the VMs I host on the server are able to do dhcp and get registered in the DNS. But I am unable to register the ESXi host itself. ...
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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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VMware ESXi and ZFS hardware & configuration recommendations [closed]

I want to finally spend a little money upgrading my company's virtualization infrastructure, but I've been looking at hardware for a couple of weeks now and I'm not quite sure what's appropriate for ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...