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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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 ...
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Convert From UEFI to Legacy BIOS in Windows Server 2012

We are looking into Azure Site Recovery as a possible BCDR solution, and have encountered a bit of an issue in that Azure doesn't support UEFI firmware when synchronizing VMWare VMs. Is there any way ...
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Can't use ctrl+c to kill process in VM

We are running several RHEL 6 64-bit VM's in a vBlock infrastructure using vCenter 5.5. If I open a console session through the vSphere web client the ctrl+c keystroke will not work. This is very ...
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Accessing VMWare Management Network from a different subnet

Here's the scenario... We've got a VSphere ESXi 5 box running on a 9.x subnet, our office runs from the 1.x subnet. We can access the VM's running on the box without issue (which also have 9.x IP's) ...
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Virtual machine snapshot fails, followed by a hung server

We've had a rather annoying incident yesterday. During a routine snapshot backup, a machine failed with the following error: Backup virtual machine Cannot complete the operation. See the event log ...
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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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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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VMware vSphere 5.5 any authentication attempts fail

In a VMWare vSphere 5.5 Windows based environment, any authentication attempts fail (taking some time). The logs mention lines like: ERROR [IdentityManager] Failed to find solution user by subject ...
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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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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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Enabling VMware update manager plugin fails [on hold]

Previously I had installed VMware update manager plug-in and everything was working fine. I recently found the plug-in was disabled. So when I try to enable the plug-in I get the following error: ...
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ESXi network setup for VMs which connect to the Internet through PfSense [closed]

Using ESXi v6 with the following setup: One standard Switch: vSwitch0 vSwitch0 has one uplink physical adapter (Internet connected, and this is the only physical adapter) vSwitch0 VM Network has 3 ...
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VMWare and storage virtualization solution [closed]

I'd like to use the capabilities of two Dell EqualLogic SAN and a VMWare vSphere 6 installation to implement a storage virtualization solution. Basically I'd like to put virtual SAN layer above my ...
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Boot from VMware snapshot file after accidentally deleting related snapshots

I'll preface this with the obvious: I am dumb. I am currently working from home on some scheduled maintenance on a production server running on a vm -- a bitnami redmine/svn stack to be specific. I ...
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Troubleshooting MySQL Performance Issues

Environment: 1 physical machine 8GB RAM some older Core2Duo CPU 1 HDD Windows Vista 64 bit 1 Virtual Machine 16 GB RAM 2 vCPUs Windows 7 64bit Both machines running MySQL 5.5.28 (64Bit) with ...
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Running Windows Server 2012 on vSphere 4.1

I know it's not supported, and won't be officially supported, but has anyone had success getting a Windows Server 2012 VM running on a vSphere 4.1 box? Thanks for the help.
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linux + how to verify VM defintion disk after redhat installation

We have couple of Linux servers all them are VM red hat Linux ( and they created by the Vsphere client , ) I want to know how we can capture on the Linux OS the following 1.Thick provision lazy ...
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How can I get the VMware view agent version of VMs with powercli?

How can I get the VMware View Agent version running on a VM with powercli or View Powercli?
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New-VM cmdlet stalls when create a new VM (works fine in vCenter)

Not sure were the issue is here. I can interactively create a VM in vCenter with exactly the same settings and it creates the VM like instantly. I just tried to do this with New-VM and it stalled at ...
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XFS On VMware VM Fails With Bad Magic Number

I have almost exactly the same problem as described here. I am on RHEL7. 3.10.0-229.4.2.el7.x86_6 Inside vmware VM. file -s /dev/sdb /dev/sdb: LVM2 PV (Linux Logical Volume Manager), UUID: ...
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How to force power off a VM in vCenter web console?

When right click a VM in the vCenter web console I only get the option to "Shut Down Guest OS". When I connect directly to the host and look at the VM I have both options to "Power Off" and "Shut ...
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ProFTPD on ESXI 6.0 [closed]

I'm running ESXI 6.0 and I've installed ProFTPD according to this tutorial on my server to gain ftp access. It works however after 3 hours or so I won't be able to connect to it anymore and I'm ...
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vCenter Email Alerts

We have 4 ESX hosts in a cluster managed by vcenter (5.5). We have the Dell Open Manage integration suite which adds 100's of additional alarm/alerts to vcenter. We want to setup email alerts for ...
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Encrypting all internal communication on an ESXi box

Lets say I have a large system made up of many VMs running on one bare metal esxi box. Each of these VMs are running application(s) that are necessary for the system. I do not have the ability to ...
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Dell/Vmware - VIB/iDrac/OME/OMSA — how to tie them together?

I have vSphere Server with 2 Dell hosts (hypervisors) A: is a 710, with iDrac6 essentials. Vanilla VMware Esxi 5.1 install B: is a 720 with iDrac7 enterprise. Dell customized VMware Esxi 5.5 install ...
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powercli math with vmware - datastore property division arithmetic

basically, I get all 0's returned in the percentage1 column. I need help with what I believe is syntax or incorrect use of Round. Get-Cluster "my_cluster" | Get-VMHost | Get-Datastore | Select ...
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Send linux kernel paramters to VM guest in VMware

I have research a lot about this but I can't find anything that answers my question. My question is how would I send/pass linux kernel parameters to a VM guest in VMware vsphere (so I don't need to ...
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How Do I Remove Files Stored In a VMDK?

I am a developer, not an IT guy, but I am the one responsible for managing our servers currently. I have run into a problem... apparently our SQL backups are much bigger than I anticipated, and on ...
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VMware: Cannot access VMware Using Client, but can with other methods

VMware Esxi 6.0 I am on the VMware Desktop Client The VM is of Windows Server 2008. I would log in using IP address 192.196.1.19. using root and password. Day 1-3 worked fine. Day 4 doesn't work. ...
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Deploy a VMware guest with Ansible

I try to deploy a VMWare guest via Ansible. Unfortunately ansible-playbook -i inventory.local vmware.yml PLAY [all] ******************************************************************** ...
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How to upgrade multiple virtual machine operating system in VMware vSphere in a data center?

In our data center we have 4 physical server having ESXi 5.5 installed on them. On each physical server there are multiple virtual machines running on them and all of these virtual machines are ...
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VMware customization not working when creating Ubuntu VM from template

I'm trying to create VMs from templates on vSphere 5.5 update 3 using the vSphere Web Client. The guest OS is Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS. I created a VM and ensured that the following packages are installed: ...
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Understanding the VMware ESXi limitations of the free Version

I am running an ESXi Vsphere Client Version 6.0.0 but with all the different documentation and changes I have trouble to understand my limitations. From the official documentation I see that my limit ...
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Get total committed size of a VM across all datastores

Unfortunately I have only a single ESXi host for testing right now, but I will eventually be running this script on a vSphere setup with multiple hosts. I want to get a VMs total committed size ...
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How would I know if I should I be disabling virtual NUMA on VMs running older applications?

From VMware's docs: Virtual NUMA topology is available to hardware version 8 virtual machines and is enabled by default when the number of virtual CPUs is greater than eight. You can also ...
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Dual-homed vCenter 6.0 server appliance

I've installed the VCSA 6.0. Now, I'd like to add a second NIC to it and be able to access the vCenter Web UI from both networks. I've followed the steps here to add a second NIC to the vCenter and ...
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How can I get just 5 min intervals from an ESXi host?

I'm connected to an esxi host with the powershell snapin (not a vcenter server). ESXi servers are supposed to aggregate realtime data (20 sec intervals) into 5 min intervals right? Can I get just ...
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Does it make sense to use perfmon in a vSphere infrastructure?

vCenter has its own performance counters, so does it make sense to use perfmon to baseline or monitor things like IOPS of Windows VMs, or should I just be using vCenter counters instead? Would ...
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VMware ESXi config pass-through for Fibre Channel

I want to config pass-through for FC in VMware ESXi 5.5 (FC HBA: ISP2532-based 8Gb Fibre Channel to PCI Express HBA) follow the link https://tinkertry.com/usb3passthru. But when I turn on the virtual ...
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iSCSI switch replacement (2 VMware hosts)

Good morning everyone, I recently bought two unmanaged NetGear 1gb switches to replace our older unmanaged Cisco 1gb iSCSI switches. Right now, the only devices currently connected to this network ...
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vSphere 5.5 guests are consuming ALL host memory

I've never had this issue before, but when I was enabling fault tolerance, it seemed to break something and now my guests are consuming ALL of it's memory on the host. I know with fault tolerance, ...
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Detecting duplicate IP address from improperly cloned virtual machines

One of our production servers was "cloned" to make a secondary test environment. The source server is a virtual machine (VMWare vSphere environment) joined to a domain and with a static IP address. ...
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Anyone using VTL for backups?

I would like to know if VTL is really a valid option nowadays? Is anyone here using it and why actually? Does it have any benefits compared to a regular server stuffed with SATA drives in RAID6/10? ...
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How to export a VMware ESXi 5 VM into a file to restore it later?

As I've bought a server it had a RAID controlleer which was not supported by VMWare ESXi 5, so I had to install it in a bare non-RAID configuration. Now as I've bought a supported RAID controller I am ...
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Setting a VM boot CD via PowerCLI

I have a sneaking suspicion that this may be a bug, but I'm definitely willing to entertain the possibility that I'm doing things wrong. I have a VMware virtual machine in $vm, and I'm trying to ...
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Is it possible to use a ftps server (NAS) to use as a virtual hard drive in VMware vSphere Hypervisor, if so, how? [closed]

The title explains most of it. Basically, let's say I have a NAS(I don't). I want to allow another computer to use it as storage for a virtual machine on VMware vSphere Hypervisor. The software on the ...
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How to change vCenter server appliance IP from command line?

I have installed a vCenter 5.1 appliance (VCSA) on physical server on a particular network, and assigned it an internal IP. This server (Dell R620) then went to a remote hosting location, where it is ...
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Expanding an esx guest disk across multiple datastores

I'm a bit new to this type of vsphere maintenance, but not so much to the concept of raids, disks, etc. The situation is this: A guest server named "example-FS-01" has a disk on 'esx-datastore-02' ...