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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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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Cannot enable VMware EVC for Xeon E5-2630v3 (Haswell) on vSphere 6.0

I've got two DELL PowerEdge R730 servers loaded with a dual Xeon E5-2630v3 Haswell. When I installed VMware vCenter, I tried to create a Cluster with VMware vMotion EVC mode set to Haswell, since it's ...
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What causes an “Unable to obtain hardware information” error when exporting a VM with VMware Converter?

I have created a custom role similar to the Virtual Machine Power User (sample) and want to allow the role to export the virtual machines via VMware Converter Standalone but they are receiving "unable ...
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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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vSphere - Virtual Network Device Issue

So I have network monitoring at our business and since we have been monitoring I have noticed massive spikes on one of our core switches in particular -it is causing our internal network to slow down. ...
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free open source alternative to VMware/Hypervisor for small firm [closed]

We are looking to see if there is a FREE open source alternative to VMare/Hypervisor for a small firm. We have one server with Windows 2008 R2 on it with four virtual machines (AD, file, database, and ...
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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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vSphere 4 - how can I cancel a file copy in progress?

VMware vSphere 4 SAN storage with multiple data-stores No vCenter I shut-down a virtual machine and using the data-store browser did a copy/paste to copy the VM to a new datastore with additional ...
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Getting a safe access to a computational server [closed]

Disclaimer: I'm not a sysadmin, so I might say stupid things / rely on incorrect assumptions. Feel free to correct me. I work in a startup and some time ago we bought a server for internal use for a ...
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Deploying Windows 7 on VM with WDS - Driver Error

I installed a Windows 2008 SP2 Server (note, it's a windows 2008 server, not a windows 2008 R2 one!) on a vm and added the WDS-role to it. After that mounted the .iso from the Windows 7 - DVD and ...
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VMware VSphere VM keeps getting ping and rdp unresponsive

I'm experiencing a very odd behavior on a win8.1 VM I have. After a while, it is becoming ping and RDP unresponsive, however this is still up and running in vSphere. To go around this issue, all I ...
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Vsphere 6 datastore freespace discrepanc​y

Details of server HW/SW : DEll R220, RAID 1 Configuration (2x1TB) VSphere Version : ESXI-6.0.0-20160302001 Symptom: The Datastore view and the Summary tab in vCenter Server Appliance report an ...
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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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vSphere API: cannot access wsdl

Trying to develop a web-based app connecting to an existing production vCenter setup. According to the administration screens, the vSphere Web API's url is https://servername/sdk When I try to access ...
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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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how to make a VMware clone into a running instance from the command line?

I am using VMkfstools and the vim-cmd suite of programs to clone Linux hosts. I'm trying to figure out how to turn a clone into a new running instance, but for some reason I'm not locating any ...
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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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vSphere client cant connect to ESXi 5.5. Connection timeout

vSphere client cant connect to ESXi 5.5. System error message: Call "ServiceInstance.RetrieveContent" for object "ServiceInstance" on Server failed. The request failed because the remote server took ...
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vSphere ESXi 5.5 Windows Guest Network card not active after reboot

Problem: Windows 2008 R2 or Windows 2012 servers have no network access after a reboot Not all VMs affected, but multiple VMs and mulitiple hosts. Windows Network configuration shows the correct ...
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vSphere - unable to increase disk size of windows guest disk

ESX 5.5, vcenter 5.5, vsphere 5.5 Reading vmware kb's, it sounds like I should be able to come in here and increase disk size... But can't.... Shut down guest. Still can't. There are no ...
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How to prevent the VMware console from catching the mouse

I am currently setting up a new server (Ubuntu LTS) and I have to use the VMware console form a Windows 10 PC to do so. I am used to use PuTTY and I find the VMware console very inconvenient. What I ...
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How to correctly set up VMware tools on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS?

I am currently setting up a new Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on VMware 5.5. I wantet to install the VMware tools (the TAR package that you can mount as CD-ROM). But, when running the script, the machine told me ...
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Open only the required VMware View ports

We want an "isolated" network in our environment for testing. There should be VMs accessible via VMware View and directly behind our router, so they dont use our proxy/firewall. Now since our VMware ...
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Can udev be 'restarted' without a reboot?

For the general case let's say that the virtual adapter for eth0 has been removed and replaced with another one. Either due to cloning or, more recently, a rash of MAC address conflicts. [Yes, a rash ...
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NetApp .Snapshots wont delete

I am working in VMware Vspere client, I am an sys administrator taking over for an Admin who has left. Many users were complaining about space in our Mounted Linux shared drive. So I did some ...
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Export virtual machine list

I'm doing an inventory of both our physical and virtual machines. I'd like to export a list of virtual machines from vCenter instead of having to type everyone into a spreadsheet. Anybody know of an ...
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Getting VM metrics from Vcenter

Is there a way to get VM information like resource utilization metrics from Vcenter server via an API ? I want to query them from a python script and I don't want to get them from powerCli. Vsphere ...
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ESXi host only using 45% percent of physical memory but why are SWAP and MEMCTL not at 0?

ESXi host (version 5.5.0) is only using about half of physical memory, but when I look at esxtop I see: SWAP /MB: 1136 curr, 854 rclmtgt MEMCTL /MB: 7986 curr, 7986 target, 103832 max I would ...
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VMWare ESXi trying to connect to IP on different subnet

Our VMWare ESXi host is sending VMWare Server requests (port 902) every five or so seconds to a private IP address that is not in the subnet. For reference, the ESXi server is on a Class B address ...
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Changes to columns displayed in the vSphere Client do not persist after restarting the client

I'm using VMware vSphere Client 5.5.0 build 2417603, and I'm having an issue where changes I made to the columns view in the client aren't preserved. VMware described this issue in kb 1030614 (link‌). ...
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Terraform: running local-exec commands as admin with vsphere on windows server

I am using terraform with the vsphere provider to provision windows infrastructure in an environment. The local-exec parishioner appears to run my bootstrap commands as a non administration user. This ...
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vcenter isn't seeing open vm tools

Centos 7 DVD is packaged with open vm tools. But this is what I see in vCenter: VMware actually recommends running Open VM tools. When I tried to install vmware tools I got this message: open-vm-...
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Why doesn't memory consumed by balloon driver not show up in top?

On an overallocated ESX host, guest is allocated 80GB RAM. The balloon driver kicked in at some point, and is consuming quite a bit of memory. # vmware-toolbox-cmd stat balloon 52381 MB Now guest-...
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Add vmtools to linux installer ISO

Is there a way to add vmware tools to a linux installer (debian or redhat)? Curious if I could create a linux ISO would already have vmtools installed. So when I boot the vm for the first time to the ...
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Nexus 1000v VEM fails on 2 out of 8 hosts

I have 8 ESXi hosts. I do a fresh install from the installable CD directly to 4u1. We have another 2-node cluster with a working Nexus 1000v primary & secondary. Everything's up and running. I ...
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Configure vSphere uptime alert for linux servers

I was wondering if there's any way to configure a vSphere uptime alert for a linux server. For example, when the server has 168 hours of uptime we want an alert to generate indicating this fact. I've ...
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ESXi granting windows guest ALL of its assigned memory

I've seen this a few times now and I don't understand what is happening I assigned a windows guest 200 gigs of RAM- NOT reserved. Looking at the guest right now the OS shows its only using about 2 ...
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Running All Microsoft products vs VMWare/backup/AV for small network

Recently a company that I work for is getting IT advice to upgrade their infrastructure (for approximately 30 on prem users). We are a not-for-profit and get deep discounts on many products (...
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Assigning user a virtual machine

Is this possible? I started a new position, and in one of the environments, logging in through horizon view, a user randomly logs on to one of four machines when they login. Many of the users get ...
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Same LUN trough FC and iSCI to different hosts

On my small vMware lab I'm presenting the same LUN to both ESXi hosts, one from FC and another from iSCSI. iSCSI finds the devices but doesn't mount the datastore. As I can see disks have different ...
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How do I open the VMware Remote Console (application) from the PowerCLI?

A recent update to ESXi in our environment added a feature, "Open with VMRC". This works outside the browser, and as the method of accessing the console that functions inside the browser hasn't ...
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Matching esxtop memory values with what I am seeing in vcenter

Found this pic online just to use as an example: Take a look at papaya. Its MEMSZ is 4096 and GRANT is at 2084. When I look at it in vCenter it says this VM has only consumed a couple hundred megs! ...
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vSphere cannot see HP iSCSI LUNs

When attempting to add storage under vSphere 6.0 (Add Storage > Disk/LUN), required HP volumes are not available to add. Can someone please offer some advice? The HP SAN is visible within the iSCSI ...
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Slow conversion of VDMK to VDI - Virtual Machine Converter 3.1

So I am trying to migrate from VMWare to Hyper-V and I'm using the MS tool Virtual Machine Converter 3.1. However, the VM conversions are going super slow. Like 2MB a second which means that a 300GB ...
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Changing the IP of a vSphere guest VM using Ansible

I want to deploy a VM from a template on vSphere and change the new instance IP via Ansible (2.x). I've managed to clone the template with vsphere_guest module but I didn't find a way to change the IP ...
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bridged network problems running VirtualBox appliance inside VMware server

One of our hardware vendors supplied us with a virtual appliance that they said needed to run inside VirtualBox. That's non-negotiable - as it's designed to run as an appliance, they need some way of ...
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Migrated Virtual Machine Shows Up in Both Datastores

We're using Vsphere client 4.0.0 Build 208111 with Virtual Center Server same version and same build. I have one vm with only one disk that is shown on 2 different datastores. If I look through VMs ...
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VMware ESXi 6.0 DirectPath I/O PCIe Device Not Working

I'm attempting to attach a NIC to a specific VM on my basic ESXi 6.0 setup. DirectPath I/O should allow me to do this, and the machine I'm running ESXi on does support VT-d (Dell Optiplex 990 with an ...
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Can't increase the virtual drive size any more?

Please see attached picture, This is exchange server and I have 3 virtual hard drives, each of them can't not be increased any more, any idea why and how to fix this?
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Vmware - Consolidation is needed, but I want to revert

Last night I took a snapshot of a VM before adding a new disk and running an offline defrag of Exchange (using the newly added disk as the temporary path). When I woke up today the server was offline,...