vSphere is an enterprise level virtualization solution. vSphere, or ESX 4.0, is VMware's final incrementation of the ESX hypervisor.

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Bad performace of virtualized Fedora 20

I have a problem with bad performance of Fedora 20 OS running on host which is shared by multiple virtual machines. All actions like typing, opening menu, etc. have 3 seconds or longer delay. It looks ...
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How to [politely?] tell software vendor they don't know what they're talking about

Not a technical question, but a valid one nonetheless. Scenario: HP ProLiant DL380 Gen 8 with 2 x 8-core Xeon E5-2667 CPUs and 256GB RAM running ESXi 5.5. Eight VMs for a given vendor's system. ...
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vSphere Host - periodic spike

Since last two days, one of my vSphere host server is showing periodic CPU load spike as shown in the following diagram. The day before the issue started, the vSphere client lost connection to this ...
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What's important to keep track of with a vBlock? [duplicate]

What are the most vital aspects to keep track of in a vblock? Cpu allocation, memory, storage allocation? It's a pre-setup environment that allows for infrastructure virtualization at scale with ...
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Identify disks in vCenter to partitions in Linux guest

What I am trying to accomplish is to correlate hard drive in vCenter to the disks in the Linux guest. So here it goes Opening up settings for the guest in vCenter and moving to hardware tab, shows ...
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How can I disable/suppress the warning I get for having SSH enabled on an ESX/ESXi host?

I administer a large number of ESXi hosts, and in order to do that efficiently, I pretty much need to have SSH allowed into the hosts at all times, as it's just far too burdensome to enable and ...
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vSphere 5.1 SSO upgrade issue

I´m having issues upgrading VMware vSphere Infrastructure from 5.1.0.1123961 to 5.1.1474365. First I ran into the issue described in the VMware KB 2046318 (Installing vCenter Single Sign-On fails ...
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Add vcenter to vSphere 5.1

I'm looking to upgrade our vSphere 5.1 host to 5.5, and I see numerous references to vCenter. The admin who setup our vSphere (no longer with company) either removed vCenter or never installed it. ...
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IBM x3650 M3: can an installed vanilla vSphere 5.1u1 be replaced with “vSphere enhanced for IBM”?

Some 4 years ago we got the free vSphere Hypervison 5.0 (ESXi) directly from the VMWare for installation on a donated IBM x3650 M3 server. Basically, we are novices in both IBM server management as ...
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Pros and cons of virtualization [closed]

I'm aware of many questions here discussing similar topic, but in this case, I'll try to be much more specific. One target scenario is small to mid-size ISV, the second scenario is an enterprise ...
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Upgrade vmware tools issue

I try to upgrade vmware tools on a VM (Red hat Enterprise Linux Server 6.1) the package I try to install is VMwareTools-8.6.10-913593.tar.gz. In a step of installation I get this error : No X ...
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Transition Advice [closed]

My organization (about 3-5 regular users and 10-15 rare-seldom other users) is looking at making a few transitions. We are retiring our internally developed data system hosted on a leased web server, ...
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Will a vSphere client 5.1 task get cancelled/interrupted if I close out of the client?

I have a 700GB server image copying from one datastore to another on the same host, using the vSphere client version 5.1. I used copy and paste. This created a task, and it's been 5 hours and only ...
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What is the recommended way to version VMware Templates?

Assume that you're in an organisation with numerous data centres, each with their own private clouds running on VMware vCenter 5.5. There are VMware templates for different Operating Systems, ...
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Why might VMWare Tools downgrade after upgrade?

Running vSphere Client 5.5 and attempting to upgrade linux VMs that were on the older VMWare tools version. All linux VMs are RedHat v5.0. I go through the VMWare automatic install process and ...
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Is it possible to edit the settings on a virtualized vCenter server?

So, this is a strange one to me, but for reasons beyond my control, we have a vCenter server running on a virtualized Windows guest. This vCenter server is also the only vCenter server for the site ...
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How to give ESX users view-only access to the vSphere console?

We have a bunch of users that have vSphere and have access the vms on ESX 5.0 server. I'd like to be able to give them access to the vSphere console so they can view what's happening but not interact ...
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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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On vCenter setting in vcdb.properties , what does it mean by 'usevcdb = true'

VMware KB is very complicated and not enough. I'm very confused. I had migrated the database from bundled SQLServer Express to Standard. I've followed KB1028601 , which is for migrating database and ...
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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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Any way to convert qcow2 to ovf?

In our application we are downloading a qcow2 image and after that we are supposed to import that as OVF. So any way to convert qcow2 --> OVF or qcow2 --> vmdk(using qemu-img convert) --> ...
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vSphere 5.5 role permissions for viewing tags and tag assignments

I have a role assigned to me in vSphere and this role doesn't allow me to see any vmware tags but i know that tags are being used and are assigned to VMs. In my personal lab, i'm able to reproduce ...
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Should vmtoolsd be running on a headless RHEL 6 guest in a vSphere environment? [duplicate]

According to this document RHEL 6 installs certain VMWare kernel modules by default, namely: $ lsmod | grep vm vmware_balloon 7199 0 vmxnet3 46453 0 vmw_pvscsi ...
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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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How to publish vmware VDI though Citrix Web Interface

I have a VMWARE Lab and CITRIX Lab and they work just fine, But is there a way I could publish VMWARE VDI Through Citrix Web Interface. I've XENAPP 6.5 and vSphere 5.1 and vmware stuff in place I'm ...
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Best Practices for adding Exchange Archive to current 3 server setup

I'm looking to add an Archive Database (which I know is just a Mailbox Database) to our current Exchange 2010 environment. I have done this in the past at a previous job, but we had a simpler setup ...
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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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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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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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VMware vSphere as gateway to internal network

I'm looking for info if it's possible for vSphere to act as gateway from my external network to an internal network. Basically: The vSphere host is on a 10.0.0.0/24 which is my "external" network. ...
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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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finding guestid in offline documentation?

I have a little question thats been bugging me lately. I am using PowerCLI to create a new VM and I want to use the -guestId parameter to specify the Guest OS. Is there any built in documentation ...
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Can I delete this / X datastore from vSphere? vsantraces.index

I want to delete a datastore (AS lun on QNAP nas) from the vSphere ( in order to free some space for storage) I use vSphere 5.5 Looking at the datastore, it shows 0 templates and VM's. Browsing ...
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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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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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Windows Server guest in vSphere has APIPA address after restart

I have a troublesome Windows Server 2008 R2 VM in a vSphere 5.5 environment which is starting up with an APIPA address (169.254.0.0/16) on its interface instead of the statically preconfigured IPv4 ...
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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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Unable to ping from/to Cisco IOS XE (CSR 1000v)

I have a lab that requires connecting an IOL router and a CSR 1000v (IOS XE). Both are set on Vmware workstation 10 - Win 8 within a proper VMnet. The other routers (IOL and XR) can ping each other ...
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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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Unable to create datastore extent on VMware ESXi 5.5 - HP Smart Array P800

I have a HP P800 array controller connected to a HP MSA60 with 12x 1TB SATA drives installed. I provisioned a single array with 1 spare in ACU. I have followed this KB and created 4x 1.9TB logical ...
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Linked Clone desktops randomly fail to load roaming persona in View 5.1.2

I have a relatively small environment of linked clone instances -- when users log into a desktop there is usually about a 20% chance that their persona/profile will fail to load and they will be given ...
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An error occurred while quiescing the virtual machine

I got an backup issue on one of my VM. Here is the current situation: Using Acronis backup to backup my VM vmProtect 9 Server I want to get backup is Windows 2003 Server Standard Edition ...
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How should I package a VM template to be cloned repeatedly, along with a single large storage volume for all instances to share?

I have a number of VMs that were based on the same template, each with about 2GB of storage. They all share read-only access to a 50GB volume (currently via NFS, but that is up for negotiation). I ...
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Move big file from VM to host hypervisor in vmware vsphere

I have a big file (220G) I would like to move from a virtual machine to its host. The file is actually another virtual machine's disk file. for other smaller files, I would have done that with a ...
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changing iSCSI block storage backup solutions, does CBT need to be reset?

VMware vSphere 5.1, iSCSI block storage, old backup solution uses Changed Block Tracking (CBT) for incremental backups. New backup solution also uses Changed Block Tracking (CBT), but the current CBT ...
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upgrade/reinstall vmware vsan from beta

Being a VSAN beta tester I decided to upgrade to GA version as VMWare suggests for production sites. They say, it is not possible/supported to upgrade from beta to GA version, and I did not upgrade, ...
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Which iscsi target on linux for serving vSphere? [closed]

All such questions are a bit dated; I'm hoping things have changed in the past year. What do you guys use to serve a DRS cluster with vSphere 5.1/5.5? SCSI-3 persistent reservation support would be ...