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

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esxi 5.0 Command Line, no disown command

In linux I would use the disown command to disconnect a backgrounded process from my terminal so when I quit the terminal or disconnected from it, the job would continue as a child of the init ...
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VM Folders in ESXi 5.1 Hypervisor (free)

Is there any way to create folders for my VMs on ESXi Hypervisor 5.1? I can create folders for my VMs on my licensed ESXi hosts with vCenter. The closest I can get on ESXi Hypervisor is to create ...
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Packet drop monitoring on vmnic objects

I'm trying to create a script via PowerCLI that can monitor packet drops for vmnic objects. I was able to find online a version of the script that does exactly what I want for host servers, however ...
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VMwre ESXi 5 - Hardware Health Status shows “Unknown”

I have a Cisco UCSC-C220-M3SBE server that runs ESXi 5.0.0 to run 2 VMs for Cisco CUCM and Cisco Unity. It is a standalone host, no vcenter. If I go into the Configuration tab, then Health Status I ...
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Setting up NLB in a VLAN

I have a network layout like this (ESXi hosts): Internal Network + +-----------------+ ...
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What happens when the USB key or SD card I've installed VMware ESXi on fails?

An SD (SDHC) card installed in an HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 server running VMware ESXi just failed :( I encountered some ominous looking messages on the vCenter console and in the HP ProLiant ILO event ...
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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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Checking partition alignment with PowerCLI

I'm trying to verify that the file system partitions within each of the servers I'm working on are aligned correctly. I've got the following script that when I've tried running will either claim that ...
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VMware “boot screen” - add info like contact, phone number, etc.?

I've tried searching Google and VMware's KB but maybe I'm not typing the right search criteria...only finding ways to fix problems with booting or screen issues. On the default boot screen of a host ...
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Hadoop single node cluster memory and storage requirements

I have been advised to learn Hadoop for my company and so I want to build a test environment. The company I work for has a datacentre with a VMware vCloud infrastructure which they use to sell ...
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persisting esxi /bootbank/boot.cfg across reboots

i have a serial console connected to my esxi 5.5 server. and the configs work fine for the pxe install. however, upon reboot my console no longer works: i believe i need to change the file ...
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Gathering buslogic SCSI hardware and virtual machine operating system

I'm trying to use Powershell to get SCSI hardware from several virtual servers and get the operating system of each specific server. I've managed to get the specific SCSI hardware that I want to find ...
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VMWare Guest NIC Teaming

We're looking to add additional bandwidth to a VM running on an ESXi cluster running 5.1. How can I team these within the VM? I suspect I need to add a second e1000 and then install some Intel ...
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Method of obtaining SCSI hardware on all virtual servers

I'm looking for a method to check what the SCSI hardware of a VM is and identify any servers that have virtualbuslogic. I'm trying via PowerCLI to make this happen although I'm not sure how to specify ...
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Which NTP source should I use in ESXi virtual machines?

I have a ESXi host running ~20 virtual machines (mostly EL6, but also one or two Windows Server 2008 R2). What is the best practice for timekeeping on virtual machines? I'm thinking about 3 ...
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vmware iscsi adapter not seeing LUNS

Have three virtually identical boxes. However one box after enabling the storage adapter and adding dynamic targets (where it actually sees the targets) after a rescan I still don't see the available ...
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Notification for high vCPU Usage

At the moment I'm using a third party tool (vmturbo) which allows me to monitor the vCPU usage on my VMs. I've been wondering however if there's any method built inside of VMware or through powerCLI ...
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Not able to login to vmware esxi 5.5 after update, I can SSH in and use the console but no vSphere

I tried to update my workshop server from ESXi 5.1 to 5.5. Now when trying to login using vSphere Client it won't connect. I am trying to connect directly to the IP address of the server. Here are ...
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vSphere 5.5 guests are consuming ALL host memory

I've never had this issue before, but when I was enabling fault tolerance, it seemed to break something and now my guests are consuming ALL of it's memory on the host. I know with fault tolerance, ...
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ESXi Understanding Host Memory vs Guest Memory

Can someone explain what the difference between Host and Guest Memory is? I see that Host is full so I'm assuming that Guest means it needs an additional 2.24gb. However, I'm thinking it can't be that ...
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ESXi 5.1 Multiple Management Connections

I'm having trouble finding concrete evidence that doing what I am trying to do is not supported in ESXi (5.1). Maybe my google-fu is just not working today. I have an ESXi host that I have connected ...
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ESXI Snapshots on a CentOS VM

On reverting back to a snapshot on one of my CentOS VM's the date is obviously set back to the original snapshot date. I was wondering if anyone knew of any other changes to the server (apart from ...
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ESXi network setup for isolated internal virtual machines

Using ESXi v5.1 and vSphere, my networking is setup like so: One standard Switch: vSwitch0 vSwitch0 has one uplink physical adapter (Internet connected) vSwitch0 VM Network has 3 virtual machines ...
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Is it possible to run MacOSX (any version) on a Haswell chipset runing VMware ESXi?

I'd like to setup an ESXi with at least one vm that runs some version of MacOSX. Is it possible to do this using an Intel Haswell chipset (of course it depends on the VT support of the CPU)? Or is ...
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No scratch partition error keeps coming back

I installed a fresh copy of ESXi 5.5 to an USB stick. The server has a RAID 1 array for VMFS. The scratch partition is set to: /vmfs/volumes/datastore_ID/.locker But after every reboot of the system ...
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Delete all snapshots over 30 days old

I'm currently using VMware 5.1 and looking for a method to keep snapshots that users create from becoming too old. Is there any tool inside of VMware that allows you to manage snapshots (or possibly a ...
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open port 443 vCenter server

Thank you so much for looking at my. I am trying to open up ports 443 and 80 for access to the vCenter server by a disaster recovering software. The disaster recovery site is located in the ...
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ESXi Virtualization server hardware [closed]

I am currently in the process of selecting hardware for a homelab ESXi server. My requirements are running around 30 virtual machines simultaneously with a GNS3 Cisco backbone running in the ...
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“Insufficient Resources” general system error when starting ESXi VM through Vsphere client

I'm trying to set up a CentOS installation on my ESXi host using VMware VSphere client, and despite my efforts, I continually receive an error. After creating the VM and attempting to start it for the ...
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2 NIC's with ESXi [closed]

Good day all, I have an ESXi server running in a Data Center. The server is connected to an HP Pro Curve 2810 switch on NIC 1. I have a second NIC on the server which I want to connect to a second ...
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random ESXi - connectivity problems 1-3 minutes downtime

Server does not respond to ping anymore. In vsphere client, when reconnected after the outage, there is a hole in network-stats - everything else looks normal. (no high load) After 1 to 3 minutes it's ...
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Vmware ESXi change datastore to SSD

I've been trying to reconfigure vmware to recognize a datastore as SSD strorage. I've found several articles regarding this: VmwareKB, Virtually Ghetto, Storage Monk. However i'm running into ...
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Vmware 4.x to 5.x migration

I'm in the process of investigating upgrading from ESXI 4.x to 5.x. I would like to know if new hosts were built on the esxi 5.x platform could we later vmotion our current 4.x VM's to 5.x and then ...
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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 ...