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

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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 ...
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How do change the max IO request size on Windows Server 2008 R2

As I understand it Windows Server 2008 R2 has the ability to send IO requests to the storage subsystem of up to 1MB in size. Back in the Server 2003 era (and before) this used to be limited to 64KB. ...
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Detect memory ballooning from within the affected VM

Is it possible to detect from within a Linux VM that memory is being reclaimed by the memory balloon? I don't think any information about the host is propagated to the VM, so connecting to the host ...
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Processes surviving Windows VM reboots?

Summary: A long-running virtual Windows Server 2012 system this weekend became very slow; from remote we did Restart-Computer -ComputerName xyzzy -Force, which succeeded by all accounts; except that ...
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User profiles for ESXi [closed]

I have configured active directory with my ESXi Server and all is great. I created User Profiles for this experiment within Windows 2008r2. Logged in with a windows 7 VM within Vsphere, and all works. ...
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ESXi sees RAID1 as two hard drives

The server is Proliant ML330 G6. I've activated the embeded SATA RAID in BIOS. Created 1 logical drive in "Option Rom Configuration for Arrays" in RAID 0+1 that consists of two 1TB drives. So in other ...
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Can someone explain the different ESXi/vSphere products? [closed]

I'm looking to spin up an ESXi host on my server. I've booted into and installed ESXi 5.5 onto one of the server's disks. I'm looking for some information on two different aspects of ESXi. Is it ...
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Local Storage on GhettoVCB

Trying to run GhettoVCB as a test on ESXI 5.0 Host. Here is my configuration VM_BACKUP_VOLUME=/Datastore1/BACKUPS DISK_BACKUP_FORMAT=thin VM_BACKUP_ROTATION_COUNT=3 POWER_VM_DOWN_BEFORE_BACKUP=0 ...
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Single virtual machine in ESXi with all cores assigned

I have this 2 CPU server (2x4 = 8 cores in total) in which I plan to put a single W2012 virtual machine. Is it a good idea to configure 8 vCPU for the VM or should I leave spare cores to relief ...
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ESXi 5.5 Configuration Not Saved After Reboot

I just installed a new copy of ESXi 5.5 onto a USB (32GB) stick and am trying to set up the configuration. However, when I reboot the server the cahnges I made to configuration like Ip's SSH settings ...
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HP DL360 G5 and using 3.5" sata drives OR USB [closed]

I have a HP DL360 G5 (1x 4core CPU, 4gb Ram, 4x 36gb SAS Hdd's) I am looking for some advice. This server is just for home use to run some VM's with ESXI 5.1 for my home network and some testing of ...
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VMWare ESXi error: Failed to deploy OVF package: Invalid configuration for device '6'

I am trying to install a Windows 8.1 from http://modern.ie on an ESXi 5.5 server using the vSphere client. When I try to deploy the OVF template I get the following error message: Failed to deploy ...
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Limit ESXi guests to one public ip

I've been scratching my head on this issue the past few weeks. I've been searching but can't find the answer I want. Maybe I'm just bad at searching though. In any case, any feedback on this issue is ...
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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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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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EC2 UserData analog for Windows on ESXI

Are there any analog of the ec2 user data for the Windows on ESXI? I want to solve following task: when new instance starts at the first time on ESXI hypervisor it need to be bootstraped with some ...
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esxi passthrough storage adapter

I run ESXi 5.1.0 (HP version) on HP ProLiant ML310e G8 v2. There are 2 Storage Adapters: Smart Array P222 Dynamic Smart Array B120i Storage Adapters are visible in ESXi/Storage Adapters. Storage ...
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VMWare ESXi error upon boot “Relocating modules and starting up the kernel”

Coming back from a 4-day weekend, I noticed the A/C had been turned off for the duration of the long weekend and the heat was around 80-82 degrees. The HP ProLiant DL185G5 was running but the system ...
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Increasing disk size of Linux guest in VMware?

After increasing the size of my Ubuntu 12.04 LTS VM's OS disk by editing the guest VM's settings through the vSphere client, I do not see the increase in disk size when I check from within the OS (df ...
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vSphere client cant connect after restart

Today all servers lost external connections simultaneously, we were unable to RDP or SSH to any of the servers with an external connection, however we could still access the ESXI server with vSphere ...
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Migrating virtual (VMWare) workstations from AMD to Intel hardware

We're a small dev team that runs instances VMWare Ubuntu hosted on AMD x64 machines. Our hardware will be upgraded to Intel i7, but we want to continue to use the virtual images we've built. But ...
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ESXi host halts, console seems responsive but

... as soon as I enter a user name and password, it freezes. Won't let me hit "enter" to log in. Management ports are not responding, guest OS's are not responding. It did this once last week after ...
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Numbering scheme for CPU affinity

In the VMware Infrastructure Client (no vCenter), under the Resources / Advanced CPU section of each VM's Edit Settings dialog, there is an option to alter the Scheduling Affinity of a VM. It sets ...
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Strategy for virtualised Windows Server Updates to reduce downtime

We have a wonderful VMWare based visualized environment that has, until now, been hosting a collection of Linux based VMs. We've now added in a Windows Server 2008 R2 VM that hosts a SQL Server ...
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PowerOn failure after import from Workstation 10 to esxi 5.5

I have a working VM accessed through Workstation 10. I have imported the files to ESXI 5.5, then "Add[ed it] to Inventory" through the Datastore Browser. When I try to Power On the imported VM, I get ...
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Disk IO slow on ESXi, even slower on a VM (freeNAS + iSCSI)

I have a server with ESXi 5 and iSCSI attached network storage. The storage server has 4x1Tb SATA II disks in Raid-Z on freenas 8.0.4. Those two machines are connected to each other with Gigabit ...
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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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vsphere HA host monitoring

Something I stil can't figure out is the optional HA setting : "Host Monitoring". What if you ENABLE HA, but you DISABLE 'host monitoring" ? How will HA be able to detect which host doesn't have a ...
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DRBD as DR: syncing datastores of 2 ESXI hosts, vmdk consistency?

does anyone have experience with using DRBD (protocol C) to sync parts of the datastores of 2 esxi hosts for disaster recovery of selected guests? I have 2-3 guests that should be able to recover ...
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conflict in network interface configuration of CentOS 6.5

I am trying to create 2 network interfaces, one with DHCP and the other with static IP on a CentOS VM running on ESXi Server. Content of file ifcfg-eth0 is as follows: DEVICE=eth0 ONBOOT=yes ...
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vSphere vApp IP address configuration. How does vApp really work?

I have a pool of ESXi-5.5.0 servers that I have configured a single vApp on. This vApp is configured in transient mode to configure IP addresses from an IP pool I specified. I assigned a single ...
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ESXi 5.1 ghettoVCB stuck at Clone: 10% done

Trying to run ghettoVCB for the first time here. I am using a NAS that is set up as a datastore on the host. I did a dry run and it completed without error. The VM is ~500GB and there is only one on ...
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ESXi Wake on LAN single host [closed]

I have a single esxi host I want to use WOL (wake on lan) to remotely power on. I do not have a vcenter server setup. Everything i've read says you have to have a Vcenter server and Vmotion setup to ...
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Optimising MSSQL 2008 server inside VMWare ESXi

I normally run my MSSQL servers on dedicated servers, but we've taken on a client who is running their SQL Server inside a VMWare ESXi 4 host, and quite frankly it's running like crap. We have ...
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High availability using Fibre Channel and iSCSI in vSphere

I'm having a hard time understanding shared storage for high availability in vSphere. I have the following kit: 1 x Mac mini (ESXi 5.5 - part of vSphere) 1 x White box PC (ESXi 5.5 - part of vSphere ...
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How do I add a VMware ESXi Host to Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager?

I am trying to manage virtual machines running on a VMware ESXi host using Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager. I was able to add the ESXi machine using the "Add VMware VirtualCenter ...
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OS X Mavericks (or Yosemite) on new VM in Vsphere? [closed]

Am I able to install OS X on a VM in VMware VSphere Client? I've already got ESXi 5.5 installed on my testing environment at home on my Dell PowerEdge server with 4 VMs running windows OS's accessing ...
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Pfsense Openpvn and Vmware issue

Here is my network: Client --- WAN --- PfSense(VMWare) --- LAN --- vSwitch (Promiscuous) \--- ESXi Management (192.168.2.1) ...
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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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ESXi PCI passthrough on HP DL360 G5

I am running ESXi 5.5 on a DL360 G5 and the option for PCI passthrough shows 'Host does not support passthrough configuration'. I have enabled VT in the BIOS under processor options and I have x64 ...
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VMWare, esxi, vsphere, bare-metal [closed]

I would like to run multiple desktops simultaneously on the esxi without having to connect from another computer via vsphere. Can the be done straight on esxi? Or would I have to install workstation ...
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Is running permanently in a VMWare snapshot bad for performance?

I understand that the VMWare KB frowns upon long running snapshots mainly due to two things (In my opinion) Taking tons of snapshots can fill up the data store. Snapshots are simply delta files. ...
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“A virtual machine fails to power on with the error: Thin/TBZ disks cannot be opened in multiwriter mode” - after disk size change in client

I tried to increase the size of my clustered virtual disk (2 vms) though the vSphere client. Big mistake apparently. Now when I attempt to start the vms, I get "A virtual machine fails to power on ...
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How can I fix Purple Screen of Death for ESX 5.5?

I have a ESX 5.5 installed on my HP Proliant DL 180 G6 with a configuration of 8X Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5540 @ 2.53GHz, 24 Gb RAM. Recently the server has crashed four times, showing the Purple ...
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Reusing a drive from an array

I read the question here Reusing Raid 5 Drive? but I'm not sure it applies 100% to my situation. What is the standard practice when removing a drive from an array to use as a spare for another array? ...
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VMs on ESXi system, only able to use internal IPs

first off I am a bit of a network newb, I know the basics but that is about it. So I have a ESXi server running a few VMs. The set up is; -Master IP (controls the ESXi box) -Internet IP (for general ...