vSphere is an enterprise level virtualization solution. It acts as the cloud computing OS managing a set of VMware ESXi-based hosts.

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How do you calculate % CPU and %Memory utilization by VM given the quick stats

I am trying to pull vm guest data from vcenter. By looking at vcenter guest data I can see some counters as follows: "summary.quickStats.overallCpuUsage" in mhz and "guestMemoryUsage" in MB. Since ...
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Arp attack on my network

We have a small network of around 100 laptop/desktops and around 20 servers (sounds an overkill but these servers provide service for all our external contractors too) and we have recently noticed ...
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What is the benefit of vSphere Standard from free ESXi if vCenter Center is still sold separately?

I'm trying to understand what is what in their vSphere suite. So, ESXi has a free edition --- I can install it and use it with vSphere Web Client. But when I buy vSphere Standard --- what else do I ...
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VMware vSphere VM at 100% workload CPU when real load average is near 0

I'm using VMware vSphere 5.5 on an ESXi 5.5 Host to host a small private web site. Host server is an HP ProLiant 380 DL with 50 GB Ram, 1 TB SSD storage, 2 Intel Xeon 5550 CPU. There are 10 running ...
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VMware Thinapp computer name

We are using Thinapp in conjunction with VMware View. This means the computer name will most likely change for a user every they log in since our pool is about 1000 desktops (View1, View2, View3 to ...
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Unresponsive ESXi 5.5 server

I have a host that is part of a 4 host cluster in HA. Sometime yesterday I noticed the host stopped responding, in the vsphere console it shows up greyed out as (not responding) and all VMs on it ...
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Port mirroring not working through Vsphere

I have mirrored a port from Netgear switch to my VM on vsphere. I cannot see requests when using tcpdump to monitor the traffic, I only see replys. Netgear port mirror works as i have connected a ...
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Simply getting a list of all VMs registered on vCenter Server using vMA

Before we had the VCSA (Vcenter Server Appliance) we had a Windows Vcenter Server. We had the PowerCLI installed locally. There, we could say Get-VM -Name * | Sort-Object | %{ .... to get a list ...
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Vmware VLAN change effecting network access

I segmented a large subnet into smaller VLANs. Running VMware vCenter 5.1 / ESXi 5.1 on the hosts. I run a number of guest VMs, Win28k, Cent, RHEL, and Ubuntu. All hosts except the Ubuntu hosts work ...
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Is it possible to deploy VMware vSphere 5.5 without Windows?

I ran into an interesting client requirement recently. I needed to perform a greenfield deployment of VMware vSphere 5.5. This was to use the Linux-based VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA)... The ...
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Can't connect to ESXi 5.x with vSphere Client but I can access the ESXi over SSH

Can't connect to ESXi 5.x with vSphere Client but I can access the ESXi over SSH. I'm not use vCenter, i trying connect directly. When i run services.sh restart then all is ok, and i can connect. ...
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Agent converter Error ColdClone P2V to ESXI 5.5 server

I am Trying to convert a machine in a coldclone environment, because the current vConverter software does not support the raid system on a machine. Thus, i do not want to disable it. After reading ...
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vSphere CPU/vCPU Performance [duplicate]

This might be a rookie question but if I'm currently on a 4:1 oversubscription of my CPU ressources does that mean that my processors performances are divided(splitted) into 4 lower perf. vCPU? Will a ...
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How to disable VM from accidental startup in vSphere?

This is vCenter 5.1 and I would like to disable startup of a certain Virtual Machine. There are several reasons why I would like that (the machine eats too many resources, or is infected, or triggers ...
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Does VMware ESx server run a operation system of its own to manage the the hardware(like a host OS) inside of VMware ESx server [closed]

Does VMWare ESXi software run a host operating system in itself (bare metal hypervisor). I know that the vSphere client is used to manage the VM's created inside of the server but what about the ...
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Increasing RAM and CPU in VMWare vCloud Director

Hi I have privilleges of "Organizational Administrator" in my company's private dev cloud. I tried to add a custom VM by selecting a VM in the organization's public catalog and tried to increase its ...
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VMware two vSwitches Guests can't communicate between them

I have some servers in this configuration: (complete configuration) And I am not able, from VMGuest1, to ping either VMGuest3 or VMGuest4. I can, however, ping Host1 and Host2, which are attached ...
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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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Issues with Windows Server 2008 R2 and the Citrix Desktop Service/VDA 7.1

I have little hair left after working on this issue for an untold amount of time. So, here is our setup: Users each have a VMWare virtual machine provisioned to them with Server 2008 R2 on it. The ...
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Querying the VMware vCenter Database (VCDB) to calculate storage capacity

Attempting to figure out the storage capacity within a VBlock so I can further look into it's usage by host and vm. VBlock -- It's a pre-setup environment that allows for infrastructure ...
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How can I deploy template-based VM from Linux?

We are trying to provide our Linux engineers with a CLI to deploy VMWare vSphere VMs using templates. The vSphere CLI looks promising but the documentation doesn't mention templates. Does anyone ...
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How to automatically increase the partition size of multiple Ubuntu nodes in VMware vSphere?

We have dozens of Ubuntu nodes where I have to resize the hard disk drive to different sizes. Currently I’m doing all of the following steps manually: Increase the size of each node’s virtual hard ...
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VMware FT, App HA: What happens if vCenter Server is offline?

I am interested in the two features named "Fault Tolerance" and "App High Availability" which are part of some VMware products. As far as I understand the vCenter Server instance is needed to perform ...
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Vmware credential errors with zabbix check

I want to monitor my vmware infrastructure with Zabbix. I follow https://www.zabbix.com/documentation/2.2/manual/vm_monitoring, but i doesn't have any new hosts or VM i have this error in log : ...
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ESXi 5.5 Unable to connect to a ESXI

I've lost connection to several ESXi 5.5. First, I saw they lost connection with vCenter (5.5 SLES Appliance). Then I tried to connect directly to the ESXi using the vSphere Client, and got Error ...
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Copying template from SAN Datastore to local datastore

I want to copy a template from SAN datastore to local ESXi datastore. How is that possible. Underlined VMFS for both source and destination datastore is 5.33.
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An unknown tool is wiping our Virtual Machines and we can't ID it

A console view of a Windows 2008 R2 VM, on vSphere is showing the following screen: "Operation 2 of 2" "Wiping disk" Can someone advise on what this program is? Some information on this mystery: ...
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Have I misconfigured my VLANs on Ubuntu Server 14.04?

I have a problem with VLANs on my network. I have server Dell Poweredge R210 II on which I have installed VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.5. Next, I created a virtual machine with Ubuntu Server 14.04. The ...
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Login fails on Win2008r2, no error message given

A customer has a Windows Server 2008 r2 virtual machine running on a VMWare host (5.1). They are having intermittent (1 or 2 times a month) issues where my network application becomes unresponsive. ...
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Ports needed for the vSphere 5.5 client to connect to the vCenter

We are currently setting up a new vmware environement based on ESXi 5.5, with the virtual appliance and vSphere client. After a lot of research (maybe I didn't searched well), I couldn't manage to ...
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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) ...