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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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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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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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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Replicating databases using Dell equallogic

Can the Dell Equallogic 6100/4100 replicate databases like mysql, MS SQL 2012, and Oracle 11g? I would like to set up my web applications and their databases in VMWare 5. They would run off the ...
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Using VMware vSphere with a single NIC

I would like to install a low-traffic application server to be shared by 3/4 persons in a cubicle. To simplify deployment and maintenance I would like to use VMware vSphere Hypervisor. Is one ...
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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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High Availability Solution for VM on local Storage

Hi I have the following setup for using vSphere with HA: My problem with this is the finding some kind of reasonable HA for the database server. The IOP requirements of the database server are very ...
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Is it a bad idea to install the VMware Tools 5.1 latest on RHEL guests running on VMware ESXI 4.1?

We are planning to install a VMware Tools RPM package on 50+ virtual machines running RHEL. Does the version of VMware Tools matter? The standard documented method to install VMware Tools is using ...
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VMware vSphere IP assignment

I am using VMware vCenter 5.1 to manage my servers. I would like to deploy some virtual machines via some VM templates and ask vCenter to assign IP address for these VM automatically. But it didn't ...
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Is Open vSwitch necessary for my setup?

I've been considering moving my VMware-based dedicated server to Linux using KVM/QEMU. The only major hurdle remaining is networking. My current setup is: NIC <---> Public vSwitch <---> ...
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Broadcom iSCSI HBAs missing in vSphere

I've got 4 Cisco UCS C210 M2 servers, each with a Broadcom NetXtreame II BCM5709 Quad-port adapter in it. They are all running vSphere 5.1 U1. On one the servers, the Broadcom ports show up as both ...
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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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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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/dev/sda1 not in a volume group, and vgextend doesn't work

I've got several virtual machines which I access through a VMWare vSphere client (v 5.1.0). One ran out of space and I'm trying to give it some more space. What I've done so far: - Increased ...
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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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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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'exit status' of a powershell pipeline

How do I check for the success/failure of a pipeline from within the same executing script? Get-VM -Name Machine | Get-Snapshot | Where {$_.Created -lt (Get-Date).AddDays(-1)} | Remove-Snapshot ...
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XenDesktop 7 minimize/restore issue

I'm evaluating Citrix Xen Desktop 7 and using VMWare vSphere as a hosting of virtual machines. All works perfectly except multy-monitors workstations. The problem is, that when user minimizes Citrix ...
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vSphere Virtual Storage Appliance: adding physical storage

Right now, we have two physical ESXi (5.1) servers, each with a RAID 10 array of physical disks; currently, we're using one of these as the primary datastore for the virtual machines that reside on ...
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Does vSphere client restrict the number of cores for VMs?

We just installed it on our new server and have found that using the vSphere client we cannot create a virtual machine with more than 32 cores (Our host has 64). Is this normal behaviour? We haven't ...
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vSphere with VMWare ESXi 5.1 VMRC Error [closed]

I've rebooted my dedicated server entirely. I powered on the VM's and then I noticed when trying to enter the console, I got the blow error (see image): I've tried uninstalling vSphere completely. ...
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Measuring IOPS in VMWare for an entire datastore

How can I get a view of current and average IOPS for an entire datastore in vcentre? Ideally in fact I'd like to see IOPS across an entire sDRS pool.
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VMWare ESX and guest settings for Netapp cluster failover

If I'm running VMWare 5.x on FC [edit] LUNs presented from a Netapp running ontap 8.x in 7 mode, what steps should I take to ensure that the VMs can withstand a worst possible case cluster node ...
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VMware DRS event log?

Does VMware DRS log the VM migration events that it generates to anywhere? I'm trying to get a list of all the VM migrations over the last month or so, and am coming up dry. We're on vSphere 4.0, ...
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Combined vMotion and SvMotion via the vSphere Command-Line interface

Since vSphere 5.x we can now request a combined vMotion and Storage vMotion at the same time via the Web Client - but can it be done via the CLI (not PowerCLI)? I've read the documentation for 5.1 ...
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Steps to upgrade vCenter 5.0 to 5.1 with a fresh 5.1 install on a different VM

I'm running vCenter 5.0 on Server 2008 R2 and would like to put vCenter 5.1 on Server 2012. Can someone confirm or deny the following steps? Do in-place upgrade of vCenter 5.0 to 5.1. Install fresh ...
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taring vmdk files does not preserve thinness

we have NFS storage, where we store our backups.. we manipulate with them from linux machine where the nfs is also mounted.. So, for example thin provisioned thin.vmdk disk is on linux seen as ...
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Alternative program foe vSphere with VMWare ESXi [closed]

I've bought my dedicated server and chose VMWare ESXi and manage everything using the vSphere 5 client. It says "60-day evaluation" on the client. Does this mean I only have 60 days to trial vSphere ...
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“Unballooning” RAM that's been ballooned by VMware

Given the constrained RAM situation described in this question, what is the cleanest method (manual or programmatically) to: Identify VMware virtual machines whose RAM has been reclaimed by the ...
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vSphere education - What are the downsides of configuring VMs with *too* much RAM?

VMware memory management seems to be a tricky balancing act. With cluster RAM, Resource Pools, VMware's management techniques (TPS, ballooning, host swapping), in-guest RAM utilization, swapping, ...
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Should I lower memory config of VMware vCenter Server Appliance?

I have ESXi 5.1 running on 2 hosts with less than 10 virtual machines between them currently. Host 1 has 12GB RAM (Resource Allocation tab says 9288MB) Host 2 has 16GB RAM (Resource Allocation tab ...
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Limit the Number of VMs of a Given Type, Folder, or Resource Pool in vCenter

Is it possible to limit the number of VMs of a given type within vCenter? When I say a given type, as I know there's no specific "type" associated with a VM, it could be as simple as the # of VMs ...
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vshpere timeout during post-login

During a Login to VMWare ESXi 5.1.0 the login Verification is done. After that the process is waiting until timeout. Connection is done through VPN Tunnel. Firewall rules are ok. On a secound system, ...
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Difference between SSH access to ESX host and the vCLI

Please summarize the difference between enabling SSH on a standalone ESX 5.1 host and connecting vs. using the vSphere CLI as far as what commands are available. Does the vCLI have a fair amount of ...
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ESX: allowing users to snapshot VMs without vSphere Client Access

I am using ESX (latest free version 5.X) to host multiple VMs (mainly Windows with some Linux). Users will have control of these VMs and should be able to snapshot them, however I don't want to deal ...
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Enabling VMware EVC on Westmere E5645 CPU only accepts “Nehalem” mode

Take the following system, a Supermicro VMware ESXi host with Intel Westmere E5645 CPUs. Part of our deployment process is to set the appropriate Enhanced vMotion Capability (EVC) level for the ...
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deleting an inactive datastore under vSphere - dataloss?

So I had an inactive datastore listed on a blade server (I see the other disks on the internal SAS controller which is in an external diskshelf) besides my regular one. I deleted it, got the error ...
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VMware eSXi 5.1 on Dell R420 Poweredge [closed]

I am very new to VMware and its setup. Recently, my company purchased a Dell R420 server which has VMware eSXi 5.1 factory installed. It comes with 2 LOM NIC ports at the rear and from the Dell ...
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How can I get triggered alarms using PowerCLI?

In vSphere Client on a VM host in the Alarms tab there is a view of Triggered Alarms. How can I get those alarms using PowerCLI?
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Best way to provide redundant switching/links to server

We have 3x ESX hosts and 2x SANS that we wish to move to a redundant 10G networking infrastructure. We have 4x Dell PowerConnect 8024F's to provide our backbone and are configured as so (only core ...
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Extending ext4 partition on debian7.0 on vsphere

I have allocated thin provisioning of 15GB when i found 8GB as insufficient. Now debian guest is not able to recognize the change of size. root@debian7-x64:~# lvdisplay --- Logical volume --- LV ...
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What time of virtual machine when using VMotion from host to another host?

Nomarlly, virtual machine get time from host, but when vsphere using VMotion to change virtual machine to new host. What's time of virtual machine when it in new host ? Old host time ? new host time ? ...
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what to backup on windows server over vmware [closed]

I have backup exec 2012 and I have to backup about 10 windows (2003/2008/2012) servers. The windows machine are over a vmware environment (the old 3.5 for now). I want to backup both vmware image ...
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Should VMware HA Admission Control be enabled for small (2/3-host) clusters?

Take the following common scenario... A basic vSphere cluster running two or three hosts, shared storage and a token set of virtual machines under Essentials Plus or greater licensing. Should HA ...
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Cisco Virtual Wireless Controller and Vmware Promiscuous mode

I have read every post and guide in regards to deployment of cisco vWLC. Only part I dont understand is that they make it a huge point that promiscuous mode must be enabled on the vSwitch or in my ...
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Datastore cluster with vCenter and 2 VMFS datastores

I have a vCenter setup with 2 esxi hosts. Both hosts (dedicated servers) have their own datastore (vmfs) connected to their harddrives. I'd now like to setup a datastore cluster, however the setup is ...
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vSphere 5.1 Web Client: cannot edit vSwitch settings on one host

One host in my two-host cluster shows "Edit Settings (Unavailable)" when hovering over the grayed-out pencil icons. Second host is fine. No idea, Google wisdom eludes me. EDIT: logged in as root ...
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Why is vCenter 5.1u1 exiting hosts from maintenance mode?

This vCenter server was just upgraded to 5.1 update 1. I'm going through hosts and bringing firmware up to date, then upgrading them from various versions of 5.0 to 5.1u1. vCenter 5.1u1 seems to ...
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vCenter distributed switch: private IP pool

I've set up a private and a public Distributed Switch with vCenter. Is there a way to tell vCenter/vSphere which IP range it can use to assign private IPs to each VM? For example: assign 10.0.1.2 to ...
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How can I connect two virtual machines in vSphere ESXi 4.1?

There is documentation available for version 5 (I am running 4.1 per the title), but following the directions raises the error: Incompatible device backing specified for device '0'. upon ...