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

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Two ESXi Servers, export/importing Snapshots?

We have two servers, both with ESXi. Server A is used for every VM, and B is used for backups of the data of server A. At this the B server is used only for datastorage with backups of the data of ...
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Monitor Dell hardware on ESXi 5.1 using check_esxi_hardware on Centreon

I installed Dell OpenManage on ESXi5.1 Host, which I'd like to monitor through Centreon. Since check_openmanage plugin is not to be used with ESXi (according to that post : DELL OpenManage 7.3 on ...
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The mystery of the bad CentOS template - all VMware VMs based on this template crash sometimes

I have a template from CentOS 7 (1602) that I have deployed roughly 200 VMs using it until I noticed the issue, so it would be ideal to fix these VM's rather than start from scratch. The VM's '...
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Does PowerCLI have PowerShell Profiles?

Powershell has profiles that you can use to load functions you've written when your shell loads up. Does PowerCLI have a similar functionality?
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Virtual console size increased after upgrading to RHEL 6.8

After updating some VMware virtual machines to RHEL 6.8 (kernel 2.6.32-642) it appears that the size of the virtual console has been increased -- it is huge. No X server is running in the console, i....
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How to monitor and rebuild hardware RAID in ESXi?

I'm currently putting together some ideas for a new VMHost using ESXi with RAID 5 to replace 3 aging ESXi hosts that have no RAID. However I can't seem to find any good info explaining how to monitor ...
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P2V - Cold Clone ISO

I need to cold clone a physical box in a VMWare environment. What are people using for this these days? My preference is for VMWare's vConverter ISO, but it appears that this was discontinued. It's ...
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How do I Clear a Warning about Best Practices for Running a Domain Controller on a Virtual Machine?

I have a Windows Server 2008 Domain Controller running on a VMware virtual machine. There is a Best Practices Analyzer warning appearing in Server Manager with the following message: "The domain ...
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Cannot remove passthrough setup on ESXi

I have an ESXi host, but it does not have local hard disk. It use disks which are shared via fibre channel. Afterthat, I setup passthrough for the fibre channel. After rebooting ESXi host, we cannot ...
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How to shutdown a virtual machine on ESXi5 over an ssh terminal session?

How can I shutdown a virtual machine when I am on the commandline of an ESXi5 host over ssh? Sidenote: To enable scripts on other machines to login to the ESXi without password, add the public ...
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Rapid deployment of similar VMs

We're rolling out a new testbed in the office, and need to spin up ~30-40 Linux VMs (mostly RHEL 5/6, some SuSE). Running on VMware ESXi 5.5, we'd like to automate the process. There's a pre-made ...
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run vmmware workstation inside esx vm [closed]

I have an ESX virtual machine and it has windows server on it, I connect through remote to this virtual machine. I've installed vmware workstation in it and want to run another virtual machine in it, ...
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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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GhettoVCB snapshot failures on ESXI 4.0 - 4.1

i got a problem today. A few hours ago, i updated my esxi to version 4.1 from 4.0. My aim was to get a backup from my vm's with ghettoVCB.sh even if there are snapshots of the vm. (at 4.0 that did not ...
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Cannot install ESXi error “Panic: Can't find .text section in VMkernel Elf file”

I am trying to install ESXi 6.0 by CDROM and receive this error: Panic: Can't find .text section in VMkernel Elf file I have 12GB RAM and Intel i5 4 core 3.3Ghz CPU. I thought possibly this may be ...
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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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Monitoring PERC 6/i in vMware ESXi 5.5

I currently have a Dell Poweredge 2950 running ESXi 5.5. My datastore is four drives in RAID 5 configured in the PERC 6/i config utility on bootup. My question is, what do I do if/when one of these ...
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Veeam backup and copy jobs reorganization to resolve out-of-space issue

I have two sites, one hosting the Veeam Management Server, the other hosting a Proxy. Both server have proxy and repository roles, and both are running one job to backup all production VMs of on-site ...
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What happens to vDS networking when my vCenter server crashes

I have a query What exactly happens when the vCenter server crashes. I know that the database and logs would be lost if the vCenter Server crashes, but I need to know what will happen to the Guest VMs ...
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RHEL6.1 VM machines frozen when a quiesced snapshot is created for backup purpose

My RHEL 6.1 virtual machines running on ESXi hosts 5.1.0 get frozen when the backup procedure tries to get a quiesced snapshot. I have to reset the virtual machines from VMware console. The tool used ...
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Move VMware ESXi VM to new datastore - preserve thin-provisioning

I'm looking for a good solution to a VMware ESXi environment issue where there's no vCenter available. What's the best way to move a VM from one datastore to another on a single ESXi host, while ...
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PowerCLI transfers a file but the copied file size is way too small. What is wrong?

I am using PowerCLI version 6 on a Windows server with 20 GB of free space. I am trying to use copy-datastoreitem with PowerCLI. It seems to work to transfer a .vmdk file from an ESXi datastore to ...
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Automated installation of system that uses two isos, the first one has a kickstart file

Currently we are using a VMware ESXi system to host some RHEL 7.2 virtual machines and we are installing our product onto them for testing purposes. The problem we have is that the process to generate ...
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how to repair corrupted VMVare virtual machine file (.vmdk)

I have a WMWare ESXi virtual machine file that is corrupted after a power failure. VMWare does not recognize it as a valid .vmdk file also When I try this command: vmkfstools --fix check "myfile....
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Calculation of virtual resources

I virtualized a server using VMware ESXi. My virtual machine has 8 vCPU, while the real processor is an Intel Xeon E5-2620 v3 (6 core) @ 2,4 GHz. In order to estimate virtual resources needed for ...
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Replacing failed hardware in a hyper-converged cluster node [closed]

Is it possible to replace failed physical components (such as disk, RAM, or power supply) in a hyper-converged node (such as VXrail or Nutanix) without taking the node offline?
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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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How to limit the block usage on a Thin Provisioned VMs ( VMware)

This question is similar to Best practices for thin-provisioning Linux servers (on VMware) However my question is a touch different. We have P2Ved quite a few servers (win/linux) and we needed to ...
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Plugins in my Debian Nagios VM on ESXi time out

I have a working Debian Nagios server on a VirtualBox VM. All works perfectly and I have no time out executing my plugins. I want to add it to my ESXi 5.5 so I convert the VirtualBox VM into a VMware ...
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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 /bootbank/...
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VMXNET3 receive buffer sizing and memory usage

Background We had an incident where a Windows failover cluster suffered an interruption. A post-mortem showed that the node was "removed" as described in this article. We've only recently migrated ...
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How do I tell ESXi 5.5 to autostart virtual machines from ssh/CLI only?

The only access I have to an ESXi server is via SSH. I can not use vCenter or the web interface Vmware provides an article: kb.vmware.com -- Determining whether virtual machines are configured to ...
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VMWare ESX 5.1 Input/Output Error when copying or deleting a file

I have an ESXi 5.1 server (free version) with two 500G drives mounted and assigned to one datastore. I am not able to delete or move certain files in the datastore. I don't have vMotion. This is not ...
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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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ESXi add datastore without partitioning

I've recently started playing with ESXI and now want to move all my current data (movies etc) to an openfiler vm image. Currently I have esxi 4.1 running off a Patriot XT memory stick and a 500gb hdd ...
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Can you create a VM Ware snapshot as part of a SCCM Task Sequence?

What I would like to be able to do is create a deployment/task sequence in SCCM 2012 R2 that can be scheduled to run after hours, snapshot a VMWare VM then apply whatever patches I've deployed to it ...
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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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Any specific settings to tune on VMware end to host cassandra cluster on it

We have hosted our Cassandra cluster on VMware ESXihost and Microsoft Azure, we have started seeing so many issues because of vmotion. so we arrested vmotion and locked resources like memory and set ...
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OpenSUSE installation fails on package installation

I am trying to install openSUSE on a esxi 6.0 server. On the virtual machine I have the following settings: GuestOS: SUSE openSUSE 64-bit CPU: 4 vcpu Ram: 6144MB Disk: 400gb ( on datastore 1 ) ...
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List all files on VMware datastores - PowerCLI/SSH?

I've a requirement to list all files across all datastores in my moderately sized VMware vSphere environment (30 ESXi hosts). Knowing a bit of Powershell I thought this would be easy but the process ...
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Adding subnet to a vsphere with single vcenter and esxi host

Let me start of by saying that I do not specialize in networking, I am in the process of adding additional VMs to a testing environment and wanted some recommendations. In this case I am running a ...
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vshpere wget: bad address 'releases.ubuntu.com'

on a raw vsphere esxi 6 without any vm installed i have to setup vm's and ... remotely so i decided to open ssh to esxi and download an Ubuntu iso using wget this way: wget http://releases.ubuntu....
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How can I change the network adapter of a vm using a cli in esxi?

I want to change the network adapter of a guest virtual machine using esxcli, vcli or any other cli means. I couldn't find an esxcli command, which is expected as its scope is primarily the host. I ...
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Find ESXi hostname from linux vm [duplicate]

Is there any way to find out the hostname of ESXi in which CentOS VM is running? Thanks! Ryan
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Output multiple VM's to only 4 IP addresses ESXI [closed]

I have set up a computer as an ESXI environment. The system has 1 physical network port. When I create network ports on my virtual machines, each gets an IP address assigned by my router. I need to ...
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How to get Dell iDrac FirmWare version from VmWare Esxi 4.x\5.x via SNMP?

How can I get Dell iDrac Firmware version on Esxi 4.x\5.x via SNMP. I tried to check via snmpwalk -c public -v 2c esxihost 1.3.6.1.4.1.674.10892.5.1.1.8 but got "No Such Object available on this agent ...
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Why is an unassigned adapter showing up in vSwitch “Teaming and failover” order?

On two out of three ESXi 6 hosts there is an unused adapter showing up in the Teaming and failover section of a vSwitch even though that adapter is not assigned to the vSwitch (see screenshots below). ...
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Dual Monitors with ESXi 6 [closed]

I have ESXi 6 running on a server (another PC which is a test) and I have various VMs there of the Linux and Windows variety. I would like the VMs to use 2 or 3 of my monitors when accessing them - I'...
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Do I need to configure LAG on both ends? ESXi 6 and managed switch

This might sound like a silly question, but do I need to configure LAG settings on both ends? Currently running a single host with ESXi 6 (no vCenter), with three 1Gbps NICs in the vSwitch. The NIC ...
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“Disk Not Found” Error when trying to install iso image of CentOs on ESXI using VSphere

When trying to install CentOs setup as an iso image on datastore, i get an error : "Disk Not Found". I am using ESXi 4.1 as host VM. Is there a way to attach DVD/CD as iso image ? I tried "Connect at ...