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

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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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“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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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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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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VMWare Tools. How often to update and how to handle it?

We have about 8 ESXi Servers (5.5) and about 100 VMs. I always try to keep the ESXi Servers up to date with the vmware patches. This seems to work more or less well for me. Sometimes i need some weeks ...
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VMWare distributed switch, VMs from different hosts cannot ping one another

I am using ESXi 5.1 in the hosts, I have setup a distributed switch with corresponding uplink and port groups. When migrating to distributed switch, it seems that VMs from the same host can ping one ...
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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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What will happen if I install a 2-processor-licence on a 4-processor server with ESXi 5.5U2?

For I new setup I bought a Essentials Plus package for ESXi 5.5U2. This contains (according to the activation details): Three ESXi licenses for 2-socket-servers One vCenter license My ...
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cannot migrate from vswitch to distributed switch with only one physical NIC

I am trying to migrate vmkernel management interface from vswitch0 to vDS on ESXi 5.1 as lots of documents on the internet are describing , but it keeps disconnecting me and reverting the changes ...
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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 CLI cannot seem to find where to create VM?

I have installed VMware CLI 5.5 on a CentOS box to bash-script VM functions, including creating VMs. I can not find the right command to create a VM. Has anyone created a VM using esxcfg or ...
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Adding a local HDD to an ESXi host

I am trying to add a 4TB HDD to my ESXi server, but I can't find out how. I've tried following a few tutorials on the internet, which say to go to the configuration tab, storage, rescan the datastores ...
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1 Public IP 1 NIC ESXi to multipule VMs (with external access)

So I have purchased a Server from https://www.kimsufi.com/fr/index.xml, KS-5A to be exact. Kimsufi only give you 1 Public IP address and 1 NIC to work with, and you cannot purchase more. I have ...
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Need to move VM to another host with different cpu

I currently have a VM configured with CPU 1 socket & 8 cores per socket. I need to move this VM to another ESXi 5.5 host which has 2 CPU sockets with 6 cores per socket. Will I will able to run ...
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Adding additional disks to HP P2000 SAS Storage

We have a 12 bay HP P2000 SAS Enclosure with 6 drives on RAID 5 installed. The drives are configured as 2 separate DataStores for a VMWare vSphere ESXi setup. Now we want to add: 6 additional ...
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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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Simulate WAN / Route Between 2 Virtual networks (Vmware)

i am in the process of doing some Labs on VMWARE ESXI 5.5, i am currently testing replication between 2 AD sites, i have set up Site A containing 2 DC's and want to setup Site B Contains 2 DC's as ...
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Virtualized Storage for other VMs on ESXi host [duplicate]

This question is two fold. Part 1: Is it a bad idea to virtualize a storage solution and run VMDKs off of that as opposed to the original VMFS datastore. Essentially lets assume I have 2 TB worth ...
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Converting VMware VMs to Hyper-V

Our company is looking to try out Hyper-V as a server virtualization solution so I am looking for the most efficient way to test everything out safely. My plan is to make a snapshot backup of each of ...
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Prevent Guests in same vSwitch talking to one another

Long story short. I would like to prevent guests in the same vSwitch from communicating to one another. I am at a loss as to how to make this happen. Any ideas please? I have been reading on ...
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ESXi Hypervisor - Cannot get multiple VMs to connect to Internet

Pulling my hair for past few days over this. Can some VMWare ESXi expert help out? I recently decided to give ESXi 5.5 a try. Installed it, got connected through vSphere client, and created few ...
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PCI-DSS: Virtualization segmentation in ESXi environment

I have already asked this question over on Information Security but so far it has not garnered any comments. I am thinking perhaps it is more of a server infrastructure and configuration question, ...
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ssh server stops on ESXi 5.5 for no reason

I have a ESXi host that I have never been able to access via ssh. I have tried every tutorial I can find on enabling ssh via the command line and the vSphere client to no avail. I enable the ssh, ...
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attach existing vmdk to windows server without formatting

ESX: 5.5 OS: 2008r2 I recently lost the disk descriptor file on a .vmdk file. The .vmdk was not the boot drive rather a secondary hard drive (sql database unfortunately), I followed the procedure ...
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VMware Vmotion 5.1 fails at 51% , Between two identical new vmware servers

We've been trying to deloy two new CISCO UCS C220 M3S servers ESXi Hosts. the installation went smooth en perfectly. We added both servers in a ESXi (5.1 update 2) cluster. this to perform vmotion ...
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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 ...
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What happens on an SQL Server when a snapshot is taken by VMWare?

Recently I saw in our SQL Server logs that a snapshot could not be taken at the specific time and he retried it later on. During that timespan we had a huge performance problem. Besides the SQL Server ...
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Vmware local users

I was trying to add local users to my esxi 5.5 cluster but there is no user and group option available, is windows authentication the only way to add users and groups. ...
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Intermittent host and VM connectivity on ESXi standalone

I have a standalone ESXi 5.5.0 b2143827. It is running on a Dell R710 with 144GB of RAM. It has approximately 20 VM's on it. Right now, I cannot get onto the console via the VMWare vSphere client or ...
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VMware ESXi extremely slow Virtual disk performance compared to RDM

I have a ESXi 5.5 server running with a FC SAN. The FC san is created using an openfiler OS with software RAID and exported with the qlatgt driver. Direct writes to this SAN when no VMFS is used work ...
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How to solve performance problems with VMware ESXi 5.5 on old Dell PowerEdge 2900 hardware [closed]

I have a couple of old Dell PowerEdge 2900 servers that have come free and I would like to use them to host a mail server cluster. They are a bit old, but have been running workhorses for a while, ...
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VM's share disk images

The current situation is this: 1x ESXi 4.1 host with: 1x VM: main win2k8 server (hostname: fs01) physical disk 1 (250GB) -> datastore 1 (200GB) -> vmdisk with OS of VM's physical ...
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Convert VMWare VM version 10 to 9 on same data store

Recently two VM's were accidentally converted to Version 10 requiring the vSphere web client but I would like to use the vSphere client. I would like to use VMware converter to convert them back to ...
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VMWare: Are long running snapshots really THAT bad?

This is ESXi 5.5. I know that the VMWare KB is very against long running snapshots, however I do not know of another way to do this. Let's say I have a base Linux system and want to spin up a unique ...
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Is the gang scheduling employed by VMware a serious drawback?

I was reading some technet articles as well as this one regarding the differences between the way VMware and hyper v doing CPU scheduling. I was wondering if I could get some objective info on this. ...
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VMware automatically rebooted all hosts

Yesterday our entire infrastructure crashed because all our ESXi hosts thought it would be an amazing idea to run updates at the same time. Edit: Or at least that's what we think happened, but nobody ...
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Best practice for VMWare Snapshots for lab VMs

I am setting up test\dev machines in VMWare. We have about six users that I would like to give a VM to. They are all going to be based off a single base image (Ubuntu). I could always create six ...
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ESXi 5 Hypervisor fatal boot error

For over 2 years now I've been running ESXi 5 just fine from a pen drive. I recently had to move the server to a new location and started seeing an issue. Once the system starts to boot, I get: ...
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Very slow disk performance on HP P410 with RAID1+0

I have HP Microserver N54L, until recently i have used integrated software raid without problems. I have 2x WD Black and 2x WD Red (non-pro) disks for my raid array. I also have SSD directly on the ...
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EXSI4.0. 2 different kernels - one boots other locks up immediately, how to check initrd difference

I have a ESXI4.0.0 (v4) host, where I am trying to install a guest. The host machine is a regular Intel PC. I have 2 different ISO images (heavily modified version of SLES for a commercial product), ...
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Scripting VMWare ESXi from a linux server

I’m attempting to use the VMWare command line interface to mount a datastore ISO file in the CD/DVD drive of a virtual machine. An entry elsewhere on serverfault tells me that ‘vmware-cmd blabla.vmx ...
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Replacing failed drive on a ESXi host

I have a failing drive on my ESXi 4 host and I'm going to replace it. There is no fault tolerance (RAID), each drive on its own. I'm planning do offline dding old drive to new one but I'm not sure ...
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How do I consolidate multiple virtual disks attached to a VM guest?

I adopted a quirky environment. One of my DFS servers is a Windows Server 2003 Standard R2 server with: (1) virtual drive for OS partition (C) (1) virtual drive for temporary storage (F) (5) ...
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VMware View and DRS

We are currently using VMware Horizon View for our VDI deployment and I was trying to find something on what are the best practices on using or not using DRS in our View environment?
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NFS Datastore Disconnects When sVmotion Migration is Attempted

I have a EMC VNXe 3100 and I had tested both iSCSI and NFS connections from it to my hosts, with NFS appearing to be the better of the two. So I set it up and in my testing with 1 VM everything ...
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Guest VMs Unknown after power outage on HP VSA

A remote office had a power outage tonight. When the power came up, both the Physical DC and the Physical ESXi Server came up. Connecting to vSphere, I can see the HP-VSA has started, but the other ...
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ESXI/CentOs Cannot connect to internet [closed]

I installed CentoS on a vm. I have use the netinstall. During the install i configure my network with: IP Adress: 195.154.32.33 NETMASK: 255.255.255.255 GateWay: * same Gateway of my esxi server* ...
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VMware VMFS5 Local Storage LUN Sizing

We have a VM ESXi 5.x host using local storage (DAS). It has 2 relatively large Logical Drives in RAID10 (10 HDD x1TB each). So, 2 LUNs of 5TB each. We are considering creating just two ...
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3 NICs in VMware ESX 5.5.0 cannot connect to each other [closed]

I have a Vmware ESXi 5.5.0 hypervisor, installed on a desktop pc with 3 physical NICs. The first NIC is connected to the internet (WAN), the 2nd and 3rd NICs have Access Points installed (plugged in) ...
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Fastest way to move a large file from an ESXi host to another

I have two VMWare ESXI 5 hosts and I want to move a 2 TB .vmdk file from one to another. I tried downloading the file via vSphere Client to upload it to the other host via vSphere Client, but it seems ...