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

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How to Copy Files from a Isolated VM on an ESX Server

We have a Sandbox built on a ESXi (5.0) server and have a VM((A Domain Controller) on it. I want to copy the files on that VM to my workstation. Is there anyway to do that? I can browse the data ...
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Can you create a VM Ware snapshot as part of a SCCM Task Sequence?

What I would like to be able to do is create a deployment/task sequence in SCCM 2012 R2 that can be scheduled to run after hours, snapshot a VMWare VM then apply whatever patches I've deployed to it ...
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What is the difference between host created with vmotion enabled and normal one [closed]

I want to know what is the difference between hosts created with vmotion enabled and normal one (Apart from live migration). How does it work? any directions will be appreciated.
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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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Implications of using VMware's templating and cloning for provisioning Linux servers instead of PXE

There seems to be speed benefits when using VMware's templates to create new VMs. However, I'm concerned about possible less obvious security and flexibility implications. For e.g.: First boot ...
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How to monitor and rebuild hardware RAID in ESXi?

I'm currently putting together some ideas for a new VMHost using ESXi with RAID 5 to replace 3 aging ESXi hosts that have no RAID. However I can't seem to find any good info explaining how to monitor ...
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Can the veeam FastSCP tool be pointed at any SSH server?

The FULL veeam backup suite has a "Linux Target" option where you can point the backups to a Linux server over SSH - but it really has to be a Linux server, and it has to have perl installed and sudo, ...
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Attaching a hard drive with ESXi VMs to XenServer

I am testing XenServer 6.5 on a single host, and as a test I have exported and imported a few VMs in OVF format from my existing ESXi server. All good so far, but I was wondering: I have a hard drive ...
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How can I disable NTP in pfsense?

I am running my pfSense gateway in a ESXi server. right now the server gets its time from the NTP server specified in the general settings section of the WebGUI. I want to disable this so pfSense ...
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Fail to resize partition on Ubuntu 14 LTS / ESXi5

I want to resize the main partition of my Linux VM. I added space through ESXi interface Booted on GParted and resized the partitions However, the system does recognize the changes on disk ...
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CLI Method of Provisioning an Ubuntu VM for ESXi 5

I'm looking for instructions on how to spin up an Ubuntu 14.04 vm on ESXi using nothing but the CLI on the ESX server. How would I go about doing that? I have a *.iso file already on the ESXi ...
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PySphere ESXi 5.0 Python VM Provision

I found this tutorial on creating a vm with Python. http://jensd.be/?p=370 I'm stuck on the bit about "esx_host" I tried the IP of the ESXi server and 127.0.0.1 and the script errors saying it ...
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How can I confirm if my vmxnet driver is installed on my CentOS server?

I have an appliance running CentOS 5.x on VMWare ESX. Quite recently I upgraded it to a newer version of CentOS (still in 5.x) and I noticed that the network card wouldn't initialize. If I run ...
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Ubuntu dd test becoming slow over time under ESXi 5.5

I have a HP DL320e running the custom HP build of ESXi 5.5.Guest is a Ubuntu server 14.04 with vmware tools installed. Write speeds to the two SSDs in RAID1 (disk added with thin provision) are great ...
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Hidden network after cloning Red Hat

I have a bizarre network problem with Red Hat. I have a virtual RHEL6 guest machine running on a ESXi 5.5 hypervisor. The VM is a clone of a base 'template' I created. The problem is there seems to ...
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How to resize the disk of a Fedora guest VM in VMWare ESXi

How do I resize (specifically increase) the disk size of a Fedora guest VM running under VMWare ESXi 4.1? I have a Fedora 16 VM with an lvm2 formatted disk, and I've increased its disk size using the ...
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vSphere ESXi and assigning public IPs to VM [closed]

I have a server with ESXi installed. And added some Virtual Machines (Ubuntu). All the VMs are having a private IP, but how can I assign a public IP to a VM? What I want is to assign a public ip ...
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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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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 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 ...