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

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A VM on VMware goes back on time on reboot

This is strange, I had cloned a base build VM and had it running for 3 days, starting from October 6th. Due to a maintenance issue, had to reboot the server and found it had everything lost. No ...
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Simple dynamic user_data service for cloud-config in CoreOS?

The way I am currently running a CoreOS cluster in a VMWare ESXi environment has been to use an ISO mounted in vCenter as described by this blog post... ...
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CPU clarification in vCenter

So i'm running a lab on a Dell PE R410 2 X 4C 2.26Ghz, this evening I saw that vCenter is showing that the processor is @ 2.27Ghz. It's not that big of a deal but was curious as to why there is that ...
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ESXi550-Update02 missing on host with Dell-ESXi-5.5U2-2068190-A00 Image

I recently deployed a new VMWare ESXi Host with the latest Dell-ESXi-5.5U2-2068190-A00 image. I've just scanned it with Update Manager and it says it has 4 patches available. However 2 of them are ...
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FreeBSD 9.2 networking issues on latest VMWare ESXi, any workarounds?

We just updated our VMWare servers over the weekend and have noted that all of our FreeBSD 9.2 guests are having networking issues. Specifically, ipv4 no longer functions (they can't even see ...
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esxi 5.5.0 - what can make trusted keys file read-only?

I have an esxi host where I want to login via ssh. Unlike at the other esxi host I have, I can't edit /etc/ssh/keys-root/authorized_keys there: even though it has mode 644, it is not writable. I ...
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Is it realistic to host ESXi on a cloud VPS?

We are striving to avoid any on-site infrastructure at our startup. A combination local and cloud-hosted virtual machines have been working for us so far, but now we need an ESXi host as well. ...
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Implement HTTPS in with pfSense, Varnish and Tomcat

Situation I have an ESXi Server hosting multiple VMs, including one for each pfSense, Varnish and Tomcat. They are configured like the following: pfSenseVM (Firewall, IP=10.0.0.1) NAT Rules from ...
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ESX SAN overbooked, what happens if storage limit reached?

In ESX you can easily overbook the available storage with the Virtual Guests. What happens if a overbooked SAN reaches its capacity limit? Its not an actual problem i'm faced with, we just had the ...
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windows VM with vshpere - not accessible

All, Am relatively new to virtualisation. I have multiple ESXi hosts that were being managed by vSphere clients running on windows VM on one of the host itself. Accidently I changed the setting of ...
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Local storage for Server 2012 file share under ESXi

I have an ESXi 5.5 server with two local disks, one is 300GB and the other is 2TB. The configuration is for a small organization that will have two Windows 2012 servers - one Domain Controller and the ...
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Is there a way to connect VMWare Workstation / Fusion to non-esx Libvirtd-managed virtual machines?

I'm using KVM virtual machines managed through libvirtd server-side for most of my projects. On my desktop however, I'm using VMWare Fusion Professional which, just like its VMWare Workstation cousin, ...
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Extending Linux LVM partition

I was following this link to extend a Linux LVM partition on a remote machine, but the Internet connection went out and I don't know if the partition was created. Can you help me determine if the new ...
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Convert RDM to VMDK on-the-fly

I have a RAID setup in which I also have a virtual volume consisting of two 3TB drives. I have the resulting 6TB drive mapped to a virtual machine in ESXi 5.5 through Raw Device Mapping. However, I ...
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VMWare ESXi 4.1.0 - Checking SMART info [closed]

I'd like to know if there's a way to check the SMART info for hard drives on VMWare ESXi 4.1.0? Thank you.
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How can an ESXi have 1 core and 4 sockets?

I know this is in reference to a vCPU, but even so, logically it doesn't make sense to have 4 sockets and a single core. That sounds to me more like you've filled one of the sockets with a single ...
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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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What is the benefit of vSphere Standard from free ESXi if vCenter Center is still sold separately?

I'm trying to understand what is what in their vSphere suite. So, ESXi has a free edition --- I can install it and use it with vSphere Web Client. But when I buy vSphere Standard --- what else do I ...
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External HDD ESXi VM Snapshot backups

I have a couple of ESXi hosts running a few servers on each and would like to backup to my external drive plugged into one of my hosts. I have setup ghettoVCB scripts on each host with a list of my ...
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Window Server 2008 R2 dropping 2GB of hard disk space per day

I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual machine running MS SQL 2005 on top of a VMWare ESXi 5.5 host on a SAN datastore. Consistently it has been "losing" 2GB of hard disk space per day and I can't ...
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When cloning a VMware Virtual Machine, how can I prevent MAC address conflicts?

I've run into the following problem on both VMware Fusion (for Macs) and with VMware ESXi/vSphere. Many of you are familiar with the problem, and it is described at VMware KB: "Networking does not ...
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VMware vSphere VM at 100% workload CPU when real load average is near 0

I'm using VMware vSphere 5.5 on an ESXi 5.5 Host to host a small private web site. Host server is an HP ProLiant 380 DL with 50 GB Ram, 1 TB SSD storage, 2 Intel Xeon 5550 CPU. There are 10 running ...
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vCenter Server Appliance - Additional users

Is it possible to add other users to access the VCSA interface ONLY https://ipaddress:5480 without AD or SSO configuration? I can see a number of tutorials on adding users via shell access but yet I ...
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How to find mpx (disk name) for kickstart script

I am trying to install ESXi 4.1 to a USB (embedded installation) using a script. I red the VMWare documentation and I believe I have to specified autopart --disk with the USB disk name. This is my ...
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vCenter baseline patch detail ouput

Within Update Manager I have a number of Baselines configured that show a number of updates available. When clicking the content a handy popup shows with all the relevant Patch Details... Is there ...
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ESXi 5.5 NIC teaming for Load balancing using Cisco Etherchannel

I am using Cisco 3750G stacked switch configured with etherchannel and connected to ESXi Server configured with NIC teaming; Load balancing as router based on IP Hash. Cisco Switch configuration: ( ...
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VMware Thinapp computer name

We are using Thinapp in conjunction with VMware View. This means the computer name will most likely change for a user every they log in since our pool is about 1000 desktops (View1, View2, View3 to ...
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Move an ESXi 5 image to anohter server

I have an ESXi 5 server with two large VMs. Both have several snapshots that have accumulated over time. I set up another ESXi to use as a backup system, but I am having trouble getting the images ...
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Many ESX hosts behind a router

Two ESXi servers (ESX1 and ESX2) on a LAN are connected to a router with WAN. A port forwarding rule has been created for ports 443 and 902 and it is possible to access ESX1. ESX2 uses the same ...
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No LUNs visible on ESXi 5.5 using Brocade 825 connected to EMC VNX 5300

We've just bought a new Dell PowerEdge R620 to replace the oldest of our 3 hosts in our vSphere cluster. The existing hosts are connected to our EMC VNX 5300 SAN using gigabit ethernet which is a ...
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Unresponsive ESXi 5.5 server

I have a host that is part of a 4 host cluster in HA. Sometime yesterday I noticed the host stopped responding, in the vsphere console it shows up greyed out as (not responding) and all VMs on it ...
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How to automating install software on 40+ virtual machine on ESXi [closed]

Now I am managing a Free ESXi 5.1 Server and I often create new virtual machine in linked clone for developer to testing. The number of VMs is about 40. I have to log in to these VMs and install ...
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Is it possible to deploy VMware vSphere 5.5 without Windows?

I ran into an interesting client requirement recently. I needed to perform a greenfield deployment of VMware vSphere 5.5. This was to use the Linux-based VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA)... The ...
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Get disk free space using ipmi from esxi

I want to get disk status of esxi server using ipmi. I can not find the right command to get this information: /usr/sbin/ipmitool -I lan -H 192.168.x.x -U xxx -P xxx -S /tmp/ipmi-sdr-cache Which ...
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Can't connect to ESXi 5.x with vSphere Client but I can access the ESXi over SSH

Can't connect to ESXi 5.x with vSphere Client but I can access the ESXi over SSH. I'm not use vCenter, i trying connect directly. When i run services.sh restart then all is ok, and i can connect. ...
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Get Access to root of Linux based virtual Appliance / Machine [closed]

I have installed an OVF on an ESXi standalone host, the virtual appliance is Linux base and i need to get access to the Linux Kernel of virtual appliance and do some change on it. it seems access to ...
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Agent converter Error ColdClone P2V to ESXI 5.5 server

I am Trying to convert a machine in a coldclone environment, because the current vConverter software does not support the raid system on a machine. Thus, i do not want to disable it. After reading ...
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Access to ESXI using Ansible (python)

I'm want to execute a command using Ansible on an remote ESXi but it seems that a module grp is missing. # ansible esxi -a "date" esxi | FAILED >> { "failed": true, "msg": "Traceback ...
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RAM hot-add HP Proliant - Esxi

I have to add some RAM to my HP Proliant DL385 g7 and I was wondering if I can hot-add the memory due to some mission critical VMs that I can't move because of lack of hardware. I use ESXi 5.5 as HV. ...
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Will this work: Manage ESXi host from a guest on the same system?

I have a VMware ESXi 5.5 standalone installation here and thus need the vSphere Client to mange it. Because vCenter is a. Too complicated for just one host b. too expensive. The client is only ...
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Increasing RAM and CPU in VMWare vCloud Director

Hi I have privilleges of "Organizational Administrator" in my company's private dev cloud. I tried to add a custom VM by selecting a VM in the organization's public catalog and tried to increase its ...
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Quitting Putty when GhettoVCB is running

I am currently backing up 12 VMs from an ESXi 5.1 host using GhettoVCB. I just started the script with Putty. I don't want to have to leave my computer on overnight. My question is, if I exit out of ...
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How many websites per virtual machine? [duplicate]

We are currently hosting about 10 of our own various websites on a virtualised host. Each website is hosted by its own virtual machine with its own apache. Some of the sites connect to a shared ...
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5 ESXi same hardware . 2 of them crash

I even could not find where to start research ! There is no pattern between crashes . 2014-08-27T13:48:01.033Z cpu0:32957)MCE: 1118: cpu0: MCA error detected via CMCI (Gbl status=0x0): Restart IP: ...
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Identifying what caused a server reboot

I have an HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 that is running VMWare ESXi 5.5. It has been rebooting itself at seemingly random intervals for the past 24 hours. There is only a single VM running, and even if I ...
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vCenter SSO without AD?

I have an ESXi Server with a vCenter virtual appliance image and an image of a Windows 2008 TS. The Windows 2008 image has an external Ethernet connection configured to another network, so users can ...
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iSCSI SAN RAID 10 Performance — Poor Read, Good Write

I have a EqualLogic PS4000 SAN unit with the latest firmware, setup in RAID 10. I have 3 2TB Volumes on the SAN shared out via iSCSI on 2 eth ports on two different subnets. I have moved a test server ...
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How can I encrypt 2008 Server Running under esxi

I have a need to run multiple 2008 R2 VMs under the free esxi. Storage will be local to the host. As I understand it, BitLocker is not a supported option in a VM environment from either Microsoft or ...
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VMWare use of Gratuitous ARP REPLY

I have an ESXi cluster that hosts several Windows Server VMs and around 30 Windows workstation VMs. Packet captures show a high number of ARP replies of the form: -sender_ip: VM IP -sender_mac: VM ...
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VMware two vSwitches Guests can't communicate between them

I have some servers in this configuration: (complete configuration) And I am not able, from VMGuest1, to ping either VMGuest3 or VMGuest4. I can, however, ping Host1 and Host2, which are attached ...