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

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Should new Linux VMs under ESXi 5.5 mount their filesystems with discard option?

When creating new Linux virtual machines using recent (>= 2014) distributions in VMware ESXi 5.5, should they mount their filesystems with the discard option ? I make the assumption that the VM's ...
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Ideal iSCSI setup [closed]

We are experiencing slowness and I am fairly new to using SANs so I would like some help with this. First off, I don't think this will fully solve our issue, but I would like to focus on our iSCSI ...
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How to crack the 1 Gbit iSCSI limit between ESXi and VNXe

I'm having big troubles with my iSCSI network and can't seem to get it working as fast as it could. So I've tried pretty much everything to gain full performance from my SAN, having involved ...
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VMware ESXi RDM Shared Disk and Multipathing

I have set up a RAW mapped storage device which is shared between 3 VMs. In the guest OSs the disk shows up fine but when I try to set up multipathing I can only see one path. In the virtual machine ...
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Where to install ESXi so that all local drives are available to VSAN

I am currently setting up a new 3-host VSAN cluster that will be placed into production soon. (Note this is the newer "Virtual SAN" (VSAN) technology, not the older vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) ...
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VMware ESXi CentOS 6.4 kickstart installation

I was trying to do a kickstart installation for CentOS 6.4 but it always show me a warning of re-initializing the HDD as it say may contain invalid partition table or a virtual disk. I have added ...
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Find out ESXi host from VM? [duplicate]

I have a monitor that is running on all guests, Windows and Linux. I'd like to send back the Parent host of the guest with this monitor, How can I found out the VM host from within a ESXi VM? Ideally ...
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How do I rebuild a VMhost datastore following a corrupted installation

My server was shutdown at the weekend for a planned power outage to our building. When I tried to the bring the server back up, along with some errors about logical drives that did not exist (now ...
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Upgrade the firmware of SAS HDD on DL380 G5?

I have a DL380 G5 server with 146GB single-port HDD (DG146ABAB). The HP Storage Array P400 controller is saying that firmware should be upgraded on these drives. I am running VMware ESX 5.1 (no ...
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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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Vmware cpu allocation for a spiking database server

I have a database server with many poorly written queries that causes the sql server to spike then drop constantly ( a massive start from scratch is happening). I need to know if the cpu allocation on ...
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Make ESXi VM use client network

Is it possible to make the ESXi VM to use the network that from where the remote console to the VM (in question) is initiated? For eg. I have a VM "VM1" on an ESXi. I am initiating the remote ...
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Getting access to physical drives in ESXi v5.5 installation on Dell PowerEdge R710 with PERC 6/i

I've acquired a Dell PowerEdge R710 server a few days ago, which includes a PERC 6/i RAID controller. The server is now fitted with a SATA SSD, one SAS drive and four SATA HDD's, all of which I would ...
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Snapshot SBS or Single DC server environments

I can't seem to find a clear answer on this. Is it safe or not safe to snapshot (or in my case checkpoint under HV 2012) an SBS or single DC server environment? I took over an account and am behind ...
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ESXI guests not using available CPU resources

I have a VMWare ESXI 5.0.0 (it's a bit old, I know) host with three guest VMs on it. For reasons unknown, the guests will not use much of the availble CPU resources. I have all three guests in a ...
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ESXi boot time with 9 iSCSI targets

Our ESXi hosts have always been slow booting when it came to iscsi_vmk loaded successfully - sitting here for almost 5 minutes. In all a full server reboot takes almost 12 minutes. We have 9 iSCSI ...
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Resizing of volumes used as VMWare NFS datastores causes Linux VM issues

We had to perform a live volume resize of an NFS datastores VMWare uses on our Netapp. All of our Windows VMs were fine after the resize. However, some of our Linux VMs had issues. Some Linux VMs ...
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Store VMs on the same Stick as ESXi

I've a HP N54L Microserver with an ESXi, which runs from the 16GB USB Stick. In vSphere client I can't see any volumes, where I can store my VMs. And I think that ESXi never needs 16 GB to work. Is ...
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arp problems with transparent bridge on linux

I've been trying to secure my virtual machines on my esx server by putting them behind a transparent bridge with 2 interfaces, one in front, one at the back. My intention is to put all the firewall ...
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VMware ESXi 5.5 : cannot login after password changed

It looks strange, but after changing the "root" password I cannot login anymore. I followed exactly the process according to Vsphere 5.5 reset root and I used copy-and-paste for the password but ...
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trying to connect to non-standard port over esxi guest network

I've got an exsi 5.5 box that has a redhat 6.5 guest and a win7 guest. The guest nics are connected on a vsphere standard switch. There is no connection from the vswitch to an outside physical nic. ...
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Why would Linux VM in vSphere ESXi 5.5 show dramatically increased disk i/o latency?

I'm stumped and I hope someone else will recognize the symptoms of this problem. Hardware: new Dell T110 II, dual-core Pentium G850 2.9 GHz, onboard SATA controller, one new 500 GB 7200 RPM cabled ...
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ESXi v5.5 is having random crashes

HW: Type: HP Proliant ML350 G5 RAM 22GB CPU 1 x Intel Xenon E5405 2.00GHz OP: ESXi 5.5 just updated from 5.1 to try and fix the crashes occurring on ESXi 5.1 on same hardware. I'm trying to find ...
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Many writes IO/s in Centos 6.5 - reverse ratio from read - as is normal

We have many CentOS6.5 servers on ESXI5.5. Storages for vmdk is SAN ISCI. I have problem with bad ratio for write/read. On storages I have about 2500 write io and e.g 200 read! For all time in day. ...
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Can I add an ESXi host to more than one vCenter server?

I have a situation where I need to add a host to two vCenter servers. The vCenter servers are divided into two different networks and are not in a linked mode i.e. the other vCenter server belongs to ...
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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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Bulk creation of VM guests in VMware [closed]

Is it possible to create a number of windows VMs from a template e.g. 15. I was going to create one VM without IP address etc and just clone it 15 times then configure the ip addresses, is there an ...
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ESXi 4.x VMware Clone and Snapshot

I would like to clone a vm and revert the clone back to the snapshop, I have cloned the VM but when I go to snapshot manager there are no previous snapshots listed. Is it possible to revert back ...
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VLAN IP assigning [closed]

In an Esxi 5.0 server, we have a standard switch created with an ip range of 172.25.17.32-172.25.17.63 with subnet mask of 27. I have created some virtual machines in that host. Now I need to map ...
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How to view progress in ESXi of RAID recovery

We have a RAID configuration. After a failure when a new hard drive is being written to, is there a way to use ESXi to view the progress so we know how much longer until completion?
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How to determine VMware ESX server requirements for n VMs?

I am going to buy a high-end server for my department's daily usage. On this server, I am planning to launch 2 DB servers, 2 Application Servers and around 10 ordinary development PCs on the VMware ...
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IBM x3650 will not boot from USB

Hello serverfault community, and thank you in advance for your time. Summary: I have an IBM x3650, which I bought secondhand (eBay). I am trying to install and run VMWare ESXi 5.5 on it via a USB ...
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Identify VMWare Guest from within Linux Guest [duplicate]

Is there somewhere from a Linux guest that will show me if the VM is running on VMWare's hypervisor? Ideally a method that doesn't require vmware tools to be installed... maybe something in /proc or ...
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Webserver failover with VMs on Two esxi 5.1

I have two server on datacenter with two websites abc.com, cde.com, and my model : ESXi 1 NIC1 113.11.11.11 from ISP NIC2 192.168.1.1 cross connect NIC2 ESXi2 VM CentOS6 ...
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How it possible to remove license from ESXi?

We have an existing ESXi 5.1, that we want to backup with Veeam. Veeam works only with free version, which actually fine by us as the server underused. Is there any way to remove the existing ...
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ESXi Tools download page doesnt load

I installed ESXi 5.5 on my server today, and I’m stuck on the point where it says: Download toold to manage this host from: http://192.168.0.2/ (STATIC) I went onto my Windows client, and tried to ...
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VMDK File Growing After copying it using CP?

Using FreeBSD and a mounted NetApp NFS Share. I'm trying to copy a file FROM: localdisk/something.vmdk (size 527776 kilobytes) TO: nfsmount/copy-something.vmdk (size 533168 kilobytes) But it seems ...
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remount a iSCSI datastore in ESXI host after network faillure

I run ESXI 5.1 and all my virtual machines are in a NAS mapped by iSCI datastore. My router broke and obviously all the vm's where cut from their disks. What I understand is that when such event ...
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V2P of a domain controller?

I work in an environment where the amount of paperwork I have to do to stand up a single server in boundless. That being said I'm standing up two new 2012 R2 Domain Controllers. One is to be a virtual ...
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VMWare - Get notified when someone is accessing via Remote-Console

recently i (got) moved to a virtual machine with my workstation. There's only one thing i am worry about - 40 people will have the ability to watch me working without me knowing about (except cursor ...
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VMware Esxi 5.5 automate VM creation from ISO

Basically we want to automate virtual machine creation from ISO. As in one of our project we get custom ISO (appliances with application pre-installed in OS) released from time to time. So we need to ...
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Using a NAS as a vSphere datastore [closed]

I have an IBM server x3850 M2. It has SAS drives that are too small for all of my Virtual Machines. I also have an entry level Netgear ReadyNAS unit. Can I use this as a datastore, and what kind of ...
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Virtualisation suitable for packet-intensive application?

We have a custom and VERY bespoke application that runs on a Windows 2008R2 server. It's primary function is to connect to many tens of thousands of IP addresses as quickly as possible and interrogate ...
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Convert to uki to install on IBM bladecenter

I am remotely managing an IBM blade center, while reading the documentation on how to install OS using the administration page, I found this part it talks about uploading a UKI file, and install it on ...
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What will be the ill effects of turning off and on server daily

I have IBM server x 3850 M2 with remote system adapter. It has 128GB RAM and 4 SAS drives Its basically for my home labs , developmenet and testing I think that if i make it on 24 x 7 then i will ...
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Migrating a VMware ESXi 3.5 image from one server to another

The primary reason we're migrating is to keep all our configuration settings ... php, mysql, Apache Solr ... the same when we change servers. The existing server is behind a firewall and that's all ...
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ESXi 4.1 VM gone after hard reboot

I have a serious problem here. After I forced a reboot of a freezed ESXi 4.1 server, a VM is literally gone. When I ssh to the host and run ls -lah inside the datastore, it returnes: ...
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can't access vSphere when rebooting vCenter Appliance

My root passw for vCenter Appliance has expired and I need to boot it from Linux Live-CD in order to recover it, now whenever I reboot the vCenter Appl. within the vSphere console, I loose connection ...
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Vmware ESXi 5.5 can't connect to iSCSI target with blockio enabled

I'm currently trying to add a new iSCSI target that is set to run blockio instead of fileio. The iSCSI target i located on a Ubuntu server 13.10 and i already connected one my ESXi host to on target ...
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SSH not working when called by automated script

SUMMARY: My script which includes ssh runs fine from the command line but the ssh part does not work when the script is called by an an automated daemon (apcupsd). DETAIL: I've got an ESXi server and ...