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

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hot plug sata to ESXi 5 server

Is it possible to hot plug an eSATA drive to an ESXi 5 server? I'm exploring backup solutions and hoping to hot add a datastore, copy my VM's over, then hotunplug.
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VMware ESXi/vSphere Fault Tolerance vCPU Limit

So I am aware that VMs in FT mode are limited to a single vCPU. Is it possible to assign multiple cores to the single vCPU, and still have the VM support FT mode? Or are you forced to use both a vCPU ...
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What Are VMware ESXi/vSphere Fault Tolerance Bandwidth Requirements

I plan on deploying a cluster of 2 ESXi/vSphere servers and having them run in fault tolerance mode. The virtual servers primarily be IIS & SQL. The physical servers will have a single Xeon ...
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Veeam backup of VMware ESXi VM's - is it a snapshot backup?

We run VMWare ESXi 5 and are looking at backup solutions. We found Veeam backup free edition and thought we would try it. At the start of the backup wizard, there is an option to disable "quiescing ...
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GUEST MEM - VMWARE [closed]

I am reviewing an esxi 4.1 host memory usage I would like to lower some of the memory usage on some virtual machines. For example here I have a windows 2003 server This server is using 1GB Ram one ...
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VMware vCenter Server Questions

I plan on deploying a cluster of 2 physical servers running vSphere. The VMs in this cluster will be ran in fault tolerance mode. Can the vCenter server be ran as a appliance on the vSphere cluster, ...
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Microsoft licensing in a virtualized environment questions [duplicate]

I plan on deploying two physical servers which will run VMware ESXi and have a number of questions regarding Microsoft licensing. To note, all the VMs on the servers will be configured to run in ...
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Is it possible to add root ssh keys to /etc/ssh/keys-root/authorized_keys on ESX hosts without having to log into every box?

I have close to 70 ESX hosts that need to have the root SSH keys added to them. Is there a way to do this through vsphere or powercli, or will I have to manually SSH into each box and add the line to ...
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Raid 1 or 5 for Colocation server with 5 wordpress sites, 1 CRM and 1 mail server? [closed]

I want to build colocation server with : 5 Wordpress sites with 50 view at a time (5*50 = 250) 1 CRM ASP.NET site with 50 view at a time 1 mailserver Kerio connect or MDaemon wiht 120 user *My ...
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vmware remove partition from datastore

I got a datastore which consists of 2 partitions on different hdds. I freed enough space to store everything in the datastore on the first hdd. How can I move all data to the first partition and ...
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ESX convert vmdk from sparse to thin without creating a new instance

I am using vmkfstools to create a thin provisioned vmdk from a sparse vmdk. I would like to be able to just rename the vmdk and flat vmdk files to have the name of the original disk and then power on ...
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Add Zabbix S.M.A.R.T. monitor to ESXi 5

I have a ESXi 5.1 host with 3 Hard Disk (1 SSD, 2 Magnetic) and I want to monitor them, especially for the S.M.A.R.T Data, that is critical and preannunce an HDD break. Since I'm really unfamiliar ...
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Create separate Network for testing purpose [closed]

I have installed Windows Server 2012 on a VM (ESXi) for testing/learning purpose and I also like to install DHCP Server as well but this will conflict with my ISP router and I don't want to disable ...
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Poor Disk Performance on VMs; Host using PERC H310 RAID 5

I have a Dell R620 running 5 500GB 7.2K RPM SATA 3Gbps 2.5in Hot-plug Hard Drives in a PERC H310 controller (which I am beginning to regret buying). I am getting awful read/write speeds on Linux ...
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how to “configure host” in MegaRaid Storage manager 13.01.04.00

I have created a virtual machine on ESxi host and installed Megaraid Storage manager on the virtual machine. i can see local host dicovered on MSM but when i configure Esxi host ip and try discovering ...
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Adding Storage to ESXi host in lab environment

I currently have a lab environment set up with 2 virtual machines running on a server 2012 hyper-v host. One being an esxi machine and one being a server 2008 machine that has the Vsphere management ...
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ESXi: Can linked clones be on a different datastore than the parent?

If I have a Local datastore that is full, and a second NFS based datastore, can I create a linked clone of a VM on the local datastore, but have the data for the clone live on the NFS datastore? ESXi ...
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Is it possible to run nested VMs with in VMWare Workstation without Intel VT-x?

I need to fiddle with ESXi inside a VMware workstation 9 Virtual machine but my old Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 does not have Intel VT-x hardware assist technology! Is there any mean to run a bare-metal ...
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Exchange Information Store keeps restarting event ID 7024

My problem is as mentioned above that the exchange information store keeps restarting. I am running Exchange 2010 SP2 on 2008 R2 as a VM The event log shows the following entry realted to this: ...
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joining esxi to active directory domain fails due to incorrect credentials even though credentials are correct

VMware vSphere ESXi 5.1.0 patched to 1157734. Using the vSphere Client 5.1.0 1064113 to connect to the ESXi host directly. In ESXi DNS and Routing the Host Identification Domain is set to test.local ...
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Can I use an expanded VMdisk without rebooting the RHEL-server?

We are running RHEL 6.4 on VMware. I have an OS disk of 20GB and want to expand it to 30GB. I have expanded the disk in VMWare. Is there any way I can let the OS recognize that /dev/sda has grown ...
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Split Vmware Vcenter to a VCS per Site [closed]

My question is about a supported environment (by Vmware) useability, advantages and disadvantages of the following constellation, maybe a recommendation: Due to changes in the infrastructure between ...
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Esx Storage / Management Network Architecture

Hi I'm trying to find the most reliable and performant solution for a vmWare storage / management network. Little overwhelmed with the options and limitations hoping for some insight based on my ...
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Problems with IBM BladeCenter E type 8677

We have an IBM BladeCenter E server with three blades, today I've tried to manage it through telnet, after logout it does not respond on its default "Management Module" address (it was set to ...
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What is a reliable stress-test tool for Dell R820 running VMware ESXi?

We have a Dell PowerEdge R820 running VMware ESXi that has had multiple CPU errors over the past two months. It was originally having an IERR on CPU1 and now is showing CPU Check errors for CPU3. I ...
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Is OpenStack live migration possible without shared storage?

Like many people I am considering creating 'private cloud' using either OpenStack or VMware. VMware vMotion has a nice feature which allows Live Migration of VMs even without shared storage. I have ...
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Is it possible to securely add an NFSv4 share to an ESXi Server?

I just wondered how to connect an NFSv4 share as storage extension to my ESXi. Since NFSv4 supports Kerberos, ESXi could use Username and Password to connect to the share, while no one else could ...
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VMware: identifying source template

Is there a way to identify a parent template for VMs. I've got a few VMs created from different templates and I need to confirm source template. I've tried blkid and dmidecode -s system-uuid but it ...
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VMware ESXi 5 on HP ProLiant DL320 G5

Can someone confirm that ESXi5 v.5.1 works on a HP ProLiant DL320 G5. VMWare compatibility matrix shows DL320 G6. If it works, do you use any specific drivers ?
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VMWare, Debian or RPM based [closed]

I need some advice, I am installing a monitoring tool on a VMWare server, and I need ask a stupid question :p Is a VMWare ESXi 5.1 server, Ubuntu or RPM based? Thanks
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Computers Suddenly Lost Connection to SBS 2008 Server

I am having an issue that I could not explain myself in the entire of my career. The issue is when the entire computers just randomly and suddenly lost connection to the server, running Windows Server ...
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Virtualized endian firewall on VMWare ESXi - VPN Malfunction

we got a physical machine with VMWare ESXi 5.1.0 U1 hosting a virtual Endian Firewall 2.5.2 all is running properly. The NICs are configured as shown in this image: http://imgur.com/o4IXn2D We have ...
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How can I safely run windows 2008 server as a fileserver in VMWare ESXI?

We are planning to add a virtual disk to an existing "windows 2008 R2" domain controller. The new disk will act as a fileserver for the domain. (The administration said we should do it this way to ...
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VmWare Host connection keeps on breaking

I have installed VMware ESXi 5.1 and configured the static IP. When I try to connect to the host using the vSphere Client it logs in sucessfully. But after that when I try to access any thing I get ...
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How common are Intel igb NIC drivers/cards, compared to Intel e1000, etc.?

I'm troubleshooting VMware ESXi host network and connectivity issues stemming from the use of Intel NICs who require the igb driver. The chipset is Intel Corporation 82576. VMware has a few ...
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Why am I getting only 1gbps between Solaris and VMware?

I have a VMWare ESXi 5.1.0 (build 1065491) host running a Solaris (OpenIndiana) VM as a guest. I have created a private vSwitch for NFS traffic between ESXi and Solaris. The Solaris VM has the VMware ...
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Suddenly cannot reach (ping) remote server on a remote site

We have 2 sites linked together with VPN tunnel (Fortigate 60C devices). On each site I have ESXi server with a couple of VMs. Normally, everything works fine. Site 1 (S1) subnet is ...
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Clone/Backup Strategy for VMs between ESXi and KVM requiring clones to run concurrently with original VMs

I am stuck on this problem and need help. ESXi Free version 5 and qemu-kvm/libvirtd version 0.10. I will put the TL;DR first since it captures the problem fairly well. TL;DR I have 2 VMs on a KVM ...
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How to delete old linux partition with ESXI?

I'm stuck with my ESXI deployment and I have no idea how to move forward with this. I have one of my server with Software Raid that used to be partitioned in Linux 6.2. 2 Sata drives partition in ...
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VMware vSwitch and double tagging (QinQ)

I'm experiencing an issue while trying to pass double tagged through a vSwitch. A physical interface on the VMWare host machine is receiving double tagged traffic - the outer tag differentiates ...
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CentOS No Login Prompt After rc.local Executes

This is a CentOS 6.4 server with no GUI. After rc.local executes in the boot sequence, I am not presented with a console style login prompt. I can type characters on the screen but there is no login ...
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How can I use all memory on the ESXi 5 host?

I am under the impression that 2 of the 6 GB on a ESXi 5 host are not used. This is a single host with a free licence. When I assign resources to the VMs there is only 4GB available, and under ...
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CPU allocation for VMs on ESXi

I'm a complete VMware know-nothing, but I recently set up 4 VMs on ESXi. 3 of the VMs are very non-resource-intensive (a lightly used file server, a lightly used domain domain controller, and a VMware ...
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VMWare Virtual Storage Appliance 5.1: Network clarification

After bludgeoning my way through a vanilla two-node VSA installation ("Greenfield"), I have a VSA setup with no machines running at the moment; just trying to get my head around how the network is ...
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Find all virtual machines with ballooned or swapped RAM in VMware cluster?

If I were to look at a vSphere cluster or resource pool and see a certain level of memory ballooning or swapping, how do I identify which VMs are affected? I know what to do with them once I find them ...
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Qcow2 converted to vmdk show as spare and can't be snapshot

As the title says, kvm disks that I converted and moved to ESXi are useless because I cannot use snapshots due to the fact that they are sparse disks. Does anyone have a resolution for this issue? ...
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Converting a Hyper-V VM with a vhdx drive to a VMWARE format

We've been looking at converting virtual machines from Hyper-V 2012 which use .VHDX drives into a vmware-compatible format. So far, we haven't found any tools that can actually do this. Any ideas ?
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ESXi 5x cluster Hardware Failure Scenario

Hello fellas engineers. I have a ESXi5.0 cluster setup with 3 ESXi hosts. Now I need to create a test case for networking hardware failure and preform the test in the datacenter. My Setup: 1) 3 ...
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Performance issue of Server 2012 VM on ESXi 5.1 U1

I'm having issues with a VM, as stated in the topic, that runs on ESXi U1, build 1065491. The machine is sluggish and i can't figure out why.. Here's the details. It runs on a Dell T420, has ...
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Additional IP's won't route on ESXi

I have an ESXi 5.1.0 server with one ip; needed additional ip's for the Guests, so I ordered 3. Now, when I try to assign the ip's to the guests, they are unable to access the internet. vSphere -> ...