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

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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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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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“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 ...
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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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ESXi5 - management services crashes - vms running

I have a setup with two ESXi5 servers. We are(were) running with a ISCSi box to server disk for the VM's - however we are in the progress of migrating away from it, because the storage os disk is ...
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vSphere NIC Teaming - Any reason for Active/Standby?

We're using ESXi and I'm wondering about the "NIC Teaming" options for our vSwitches. On a particular vSwitch with 2 NICs, is there any GOOD reason for configuring a NIC as Active and the other as ...
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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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Resetting an ESXi root password

I've just inherited a very simple VM setup with a pair of ESXi servers clustered and everything is pretty much hooked up. Problem is I do not have the root passwords for the servers and no one has any ...
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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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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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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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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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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. ...