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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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ESXi 5 Add an existing lun to datastore without formatting

We have two hosts running VMWare ESXi 5.1.0. Both are connected to a RAID 5 array via iSCSI. The lun is an existing lun with vm on it but it is not reconized by the hosts after the reboot. it is ...
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How to do VMWare Backups

Im looking for some software that can regularly backup (eg. nightly) of all the virtual machines on an ESXi server? Or can I just run normal backup software from the running virtual machine?
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ESXi Server is not showing all the available disk space

I have installed ESXi server 4.1 which has "2398 GB" disk space, but when I'm running the command df -h in the ESXi server terminal, it is showing :vmfs3 180.5GB" Could you please let me know how ...
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ESXi - change to thin - virtual disk filesize is the same

running ESXi 5.5 here with a datastore on a single SSD. Now, I thought about changing to thin disks from thick and found that I could use a tool on the ESXi host to do that. However, the file size of ...
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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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Disconnected Network Adapter on VMware - only power cycle solve this

I have a weird issue: On a VMware 5.1.0 installed on a Dell R620, the network adapter gets disconnected. Hitting the 'D' button for additional info, shows the following. I tried to reset the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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When using the puppet node init command, are the parameters to specify in the answers.install file

On puppet-enterprise version 3.3.1, I am attempting to use the puppet node init command on a VMware puppet master node hosted on a VMware VSphere client with VCenter 5.1.0. My puppet master node has ...
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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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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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How to check HP Smart array status on ESXi 5

I've been reading How to run the HP Online ACU CLI for Linux in ESXi 4.x & trying to figure out a way to see the RAID status of the server without having to restart it. This is because, I've ...
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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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Why are snapshots considered as temporary backups not real backups?

I am using VMware ESXi. In our team we use to provide snapshots for long term backup. Then we faced issues like memory spillover and the server got hang up. I started reading in VMware knowledgebase ...
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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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LACP vs manual load sharing

I have a file server with multiple NICs (1Gbps) consumed by some different kinds of client. Given my switch is configured hash using src and dest ip and port. By manual load sharing I mean NICs on ...
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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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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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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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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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CBT Soap Fault from VMWare when runnnig Veeam backup

We frequently see errors like this in our backup jobs: 10/05/2013 12:21:18 :: Cannot use CBT: Soap fault. Error caused by file /vmfs/volumes/781f6afc-ea228458/VDED-CIT-010(Exchange ...
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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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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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VMware ESXi dual / triple boot on a test machine

Has anyone tried to setup a dual or triple boot (ESXi 5.5, Linux, Windows Server 2012R2) machine? This is for an app and controller card testing environment - at the moment we're dual-booting ...
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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 ...
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File .vmx not found error when trying to create a VM snapshot after removing an independent volume

I had had a Windows VM having a second virtual drive configured as an independant volume placed on a second datastore on a VMWare ESXi 5 server. Then I have removed the second drive by removing it in ...
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Windows Server 2012 Cluser on VMware esxi 5.5: Rebooting passive node causes san reset on active node

I'm running a SQL Cluster on windows server 2012 on VMWare 5.5 and find that when I restart the passive node to install a patch, the active node is affected. This appears to be covered by the kb ...
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VMWare - NAS - Setup

We're a new company, setting up infrastructure to support our service arm. For this project we have .. Three hypervisors running ESXi 5.5.0 A Synology NAS device. Permission to do what needs to be ...
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Removing snapshot after removing guest hard disc

I have a server with ESXi 5.5 installed. I recently wanted to add a new hard disk to one of the guests. After adding the virtual disk to it, I took a snapshot just to be sure that nothing would go ...
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HP Smart Array P420i Array Management in ESXi 5.5

I have a HP DL380p Gen8 server with ESXi 5.5 running on it and HP Smart Array P420i. I've installed 4 new hard disks on it and want to put them in a RAID 6 array (Although RAID 10 would be OK too). ...