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

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Create user with read only permission to datastore but SSH access

I am scripting a backup job in which a remote computer connects to an ESXi 5 host and does SCP to copy files to another datastore on that host. As a precaution (since every script that can go wrong ...
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ESXi 5 NFS mount with credentials

Is it possible for an ESXi 5 host to mount a remote NFS share using credentials other than root? (The default)? If so, how would one setup those credentials and mount from VSphere?
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ESX NFS error "Cannot open volume: /vmfs/volumes/

I'm trying to add an NFS share to my ESX 5.5 server. When I try to add the share, I get the following error: Call "HostDatastoreSystem.CreateNasDatastore" for object "ha-datastoresystem" on ESXi ...
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Disable all USB devices but keyboard/mouse/flash-drive

For security reasons, I would like to make sure no USB device can be connected to my servers running RHEL3 except keyboards, mice and flash drives. To sum up : What should work : Mouse Keyboard USB ...
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Running containers inside a virtual machine?

It is my understanding that containers are much more lightweight than VMs because they do not virtualize the hardware but instead just isolate the software running in them from software running in ...
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Backing up VMWare VMs to a Linux server using FastSCP from veeam

My goal is to back up VMWare ESX/ESXi VMs to a local fileserver. The local fileserver is either a plain old Linux system with SSH or a FreeNAS system. Both of those systems would accept scp/sftp ...
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How to copy locked swap files in ESXi?

Based on this question : How to disable swap files in ESXi?. The main answer states that it is possible to extract data from the swap files (for exemple using strings) so I tried to make a simple ...
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Trouble with embedding html email with PowerCLI/Powershell for gmail

I am new to Powershell, I am a junior admin for a VMware environment. I am trying to automate a weekly report for snapshots in PowerCli. I am making the script in Powershell. I have made a simple ...
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Switch base connectivity between two ESXi hosts in vSphere vCenter with VDS

I have two ESXi Hosts in Hetzner datacenter and because of the Hetzner's subnet allocation policies I should have a router (implemented with CentOS) in each ESXi server to route the subnet IP to the ...
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VMWare vSphere Distributed Switch configuration of two ESXi Host

I have two ESXi hosts (5.1 and 5.5) that I added them to a vSphere Distributed Switch. The VMs in each host can ping other VMs in the same host but cannot ping other host's VMs. All the VMs are part ...
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Esxi add existing datastore to another vm

I hope that someone would be able to help: We currently have a Centos 6.5 VM with a second .vmdk added of 22TB. The OS is located on datastore1 and the second hdd is on datastore2. I have created ...
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Re-importing (Virtual) Foreign Disks on Windows 2003

I have a virtualized Windows 2003 Server machine with one basic disk (boot drive) and three Dynamic disks. The machine is running in an VMWare ESXi server. I had to remove the three dynamic disks ...
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host with default gateway as itself

I am facing a peculiar problem. Earlier we had 4 network segments in our production setup, say segment A,B,C and D. A,B and C are able to communicate with each other,the corporate lan and the ...
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Trouble enabling vMotion

Just added a second host to my ESXi 5.5 datacenter. The new host now has vMotion enabled, after enabling it in the vmkernel port group. Went back to the original host. Enabled vMotion in the ...
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Arp requests with odd source IP go unanswered

I'm having a server with network connectivity issues that I presume come from issues with arp protocol handling. Let's say the network topology is as follows: network 192.168.106.0, netmask ...
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Can I use RHEL Virtual Datacenter License with vCenter Server Essentials (Essentials Kit) [duplicate]

Does somebody use RHEL Virtual Datacenter License with vCenter Server Essentials? I cannot get a clear answer from our RHEL Partner, as well as I cannot find it clearly stated somewhere on the WEB. ...
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Slow ESXi guest performance affecting entire host

I'm running ESXi 5.5 (Build 2068190) on a Dell PowerEdge R220 server with the Intel E3-1220v3 CPU. It also has 16 GB of RAM installed and 2 x 1TB SATA disks running as RAID1 using a Dell PERC H310 ...
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VMware High Availability questions

I can't seem to find the answers to these questions within the vSphere 5 Documentation center, so please share if you are aware of any aspects of these questions. What happens to the failed VM that ...
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Redundant Paths between DELL R720 and MD3420 in ESXi 5.5

We had some trouble configuring redundant paths between a DELL R720 and MD3420 storage connected via two LSI 12GB SAS-HBAs using ESXi 5.5. The datastore was accessible and worked fine, except for the ...
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No LUN available to extend datastore

I have a HP DL380G5 with ESXi 5.5 and x4 146GB Sata disks in a RAID5 array. I have added one more disk to the server exactly as the other ones and, using SmartStart CD I managed to add the disk to the ...
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VMware ESXi: Connect to VM serial using named pipe

I'm running Linux VM guest on VMware ESXi 5.1 host. The guest has only serial tty. The only way to interact with it seems to be serial over named pipe. I've added serial port to the VM, assigning ...
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How do I resolve a 503 Server Unavailable connection error on VMware ESXi?

I have a VMware ESXi server which has been up and running for nearly 200 days. The past few days, when I try to connect to it using the VMware vSphere Client, I am unable to connect. After entering my ...
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vmWare HA Admission Control configuration

In an HA cluster of 5 hosts (100GB memory) if Admission control is enabled and %age cluster failover option is set at 25 % (lets consider only for memory ie. 125 GB), and if one host fails then the ...
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Merge Live VMware hosts into existing vcenter

We currently have 3 VMware hosts, all running ESXi 4.1. They are all HP DL380 G7's, two of them having dual Xeon E5620 cpus with 96GB RAM, and the third having dual Xeon E5645 cpus and 64GB RAN. The ...
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Edit Hard Disk Serial Number with VMware

I'm virtualizing a Rockwell AssetCentre Server and I'm looking at Disaster Recovery scenarios. This server contains a lot of other Rockwell Software like RSLinx, Logix 5000, Logix 500, and more... ...
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Can vSphere PowerCLI cmdlets execute from a PS1 file?

I'm looking to write an admin script that will: Delete a VM from vSphere Delete the VM's DNS entry Release the VM's IP address with our Windows DHCP server I can accomplish the first item via ...
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ESXi 4.1 VM gone after hard reboot

I have a serious problem here. After I forced a reboot of a freezed ESXi 4.1 server, a VM is literally gone. When I ssh to the host and run ls -lah inside the datastore, it returnes: ...
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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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VMware ESXi <> Synology NFS Share (Physical Switch Redundancy)

This is my storage network: ESXi Host(Dual 10gb NICs) >> 2xNetgear xs712T >> Synology RS10613xs+ (Dual 10gb NICs) ESXi vmnic1 >> NG Switch 1 >> Syn NIC 1 ESXi vmnic2 >> NG Switch 2 >> Syn NIC 2 ...
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How do I give label to vSwitches on VMWare?

I've searched extensively trying to name the vSwitches that I create, but all I can name them are "vSwitchX" where x= some number. How do I give these switches names? I'm using the Web Client. ...
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Best Practices for virtualizing servers onto the SAN?

Alright, so I want to start leveraging my SAN a little more than I have been, and at the same time, take advantage of ESXi. Currently, I've got an array of Dell PowerEdge 1955 blades connected to a ...
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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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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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Will VMware vSphere 5.5 work on a Dell Poweredge R300?

We just got a bunch of new Dell servers with current vSphere & vCenter versions (5.5, with possible future upgrade to 5.5U1). We'd like to add our older Dell R300 servers (Xeon 33xx series and ...
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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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Is it possible to copy a snapshot and associate it to another VM (which has same configuration)?

I am having two virtual machines with same OS and software list. (In fact they were cloned). Now I have installed an application in a VM and taken a snapshot. Is it possible to copy this snapshot ...
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Multiple Web Server VMs or a Single VM with virtual hosts?

I have a number of sites running on various physical servers that I'm looking at moving into our virtual environment. Most of these are small sites usually with a MySQL database. User base is ...
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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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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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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) ...