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How to reliably map vSphere disks <-> Linux devices

Task at hand After a virtual disk has been added to a Linux VM on vSphere 5, we need to identify the disks in order to automate the LVM storage provision. The virtual disks may reside on different ...
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Minimum Privileges for vmware user for Foreman 1.4 Compute Resource

I am currently trying to add a ESXi cluster I have into Foreman 1.4.1, and am running into a problem with permissions. Currently, I've given a service account the following rights: Datacenter-Level: ...
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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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How do I obtain the ssh public key from my VSphere ESXi 5.1 host hypervisor residing in vcenter with puppet-enterprise cloudprovisioner

I am using the learn puppet 3.1 vm and trying to connect to a host hypervisor. I followed the instructions to create a .fog file under root which includes a yaml hash, and I read that the yaml hash ...
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Modify VM in OVA

I have an OVA that contains a vApp with 9 VMs inside. I need to make a change to the drive contents of one of the VMs in the OVA. The OVA takes a very long time to export from vSphere (24 hours). Is ...
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Recompose a VMware vSphere machine without personal application data loss?

Our organization has converted a large percentage of our employees to VDI. Our logic is that we create a master image for each linked-clone pool, dedicate each linked-clone pool to specific purposes ...
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Why is %si (soft interrupt) in top so high on my VM when I run iperf?

When I run iperf as a client on a CentOS 5 VM running under vmware, why do I see such high %si values in top? We have more experience running Xen and XenServer, and a almost identical centos install ...
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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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ESXi Windows Server 2003 Guest 32-bit Installation gets stuck on blue Starting Windows screen?

I'm trying to install Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition 32-bit as a guest on ESXi 5.1 for testing purposes; but when I try to install it, it gets stuck on the blue Starting Windows screen and the ...
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Can an ESXi 5.1 VM have Applicaiton Aware Image Processing enabled at the sametime it has Freeze/Thaw Scripts?

So you can't enable Application Aware Image Processing at the same time you have Freeze/Thaw scripts enabled. But in the event that you have a VSS Aware (such as SQL Server 2008 R2) database on ...
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VCenter Adding Host - Error “conflicts with an existing datastore in the datacenter that has the same URL”

We have a new Dell VRTX box (2 Blades & Shared Storage). We are getting the above error when trying to add the second host. We've created shared storage(VDISK1) which both ESX hosts have access. ...
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vSphere 5.1 Permissions Not Propagating

When I add permissions at the data center level with the propagate option, I see the account in the permissions list on the individual servers but the privileges aren't taking effect. The privileges ...
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vsphere HA host monitoring

Something I stil can't figure out is the optional HA setting : "Host Monitoring". What if you ENABLE HA, but you DISABLE 'host monitoring" ? How will HA be able to detect which host doesn't have a ...
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How to set a Resource Pool as the root object for a user logged into VMware vSphere vCenter?

VMware vSphere 5.5 deployment. Resource Pool present. Active Directory LDAP used as identity source for SSO. Custom role created for specific AD group (RP1_Admin) to manage VMs inside of a resource ...
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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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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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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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VM iscsi disk crashes on one VM Host, not on the other

I have a VmWare solution running on a HP bladesystem with a Lefthand ISCSI san. There are currently two VmWare hosts in that environment. I have two Debian VM's sharing an ISCSI disk (with ocfs2), ...
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How do providers auto scale VMs when powered by VMWare

I'm trying to figure out what component of vSphere or other VMWare product is used to manage automatic scaling of resources for individual VMs in the way that these two providers describe: ...
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Storage vMotion fails with a DMotion error

I've ran into an issue where several servers that I've been trying to migrate to different datastores the past few days are unable to migrate properly. Rather than migrating like normal, the servers ...
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VCenter Upgrade Does not work

Task/Details We need to upgrade our Vcenter enviornment from v4.1.0 Build Number: 799345 to v4.1.0 Update 3 Build Number: 816786 Problem After backing up the database and the SSL certificates we ...
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Root user can not login to vsphere client - but can login to ssh and web gui

I have VMware Vsphere appliance installed (5.1.0a) I can access the web interface and login with root user and my password but if I want to login with the vsphere client, I get wrong username and ...
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Setting up a VM to use a different IP range than vSphere/ESXI host

I currently have a server that is running vSphere 5 (ESXi). My management interface (VMKernel) has an address of 173.198.215.78 and the gateway on that one is 173.198.215.78. It appears to be set up ...
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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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VMware vSphere 4.0 Find Base Disks

How do I determine the base disk / image used for a Virtual machine in vSphere client? I want to ensure that the base disks are also backed up when I make a backup of the machine.
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VMware Sysprep with Custom Unattended.xml

I was looking into using VCenter for deploying VMs and wanted to take advantage of the built-in template features and the ability to make use of unattended.xml files. I have a Windows 7 template that ...
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Fax modem sends corrupt output, receives OK

I've got a brand-new external USRobotics 56k fax modem attached via serial cable to COM1 on an HP DL380 running vSphere 4.1. The guest operating system in question in Server 2003 Std, SP2. Serial ...
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MPIO in a VSphere ESX 4.1 cluster with an Equallogic PS4000

I'm having an issue with a client of ours. We've set up Round-robin multipathing to their san from their ESX cluster, we have it configured so that two NICs on each host are added to a port group, ...
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Mouse and video integration with VMware Tools doesn't work on cloned VMs

When I clone a virtual machine from a template that already has Tools installed the mouse integration and better resolution of the console don't work. vCenter recognizes that Tools is installed. Why ...
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VMWare Guest Info - Wrong IP Returned

We're running a VDI environment with vSphere 4.0 and Oracle VDI 3.2.2 and are having a bit of a problem with users that connect to an IPSec VPN from within their VM. For some reason, once connected to ...
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Cannot connect VMWare VMs to datastore ISO but can connect to same ISO on local PC via Console

VMWare 4.0U4b (I know...) I am unable to connect new or existing VMs to ISOs contained on any of the datastores. I was able to however boot from an ISO on my local PC connected via the Console. I ...
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ESXi 5.1 Windows Server 2003 Guest 32-bit Installation boots to GUI but claims that it can't access the medium to install?

I've tried changing the settings on the iso and it just won't let me install it: "Setup was unable access files needed to continue. This should be caused by an error on the CD Media or the CD is ...
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Change PowerChute Network Shutdown's IP address in vCenter configuration

I recently installed "PowerChute Network Shutdown v3.1.0 VMware Virtual Appliance" (PCNS) in my ESXi 5.5 u2 system. I deployed the VM onto the server via the downloaded ova file. I ran through the ...
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PowerCLI Move-VM Returns failure but vm still moves

I have a script that is moving VM's from one datastore to another. I have other logic to protect the Storage backend and fabric from over subscription and to wait to submit new requests at specific ...
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VMware CLI cannot seem to find where to create VM?

I have installed VMware CLI 5.5 on a CentOS box to bash-script VM functions, including creating VMs. I can not find the right command to create a VM. Has anyone created a VM using esxcfg or ...
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vSphere 5.1 and iSCSI multipathing

I have a problem in configuring vSphere Cluster with iSCSI multipathing. Host in cluster have four physical interfaces. Host have four vmk interfaces for iSCSI, which mapped to individual physical ...
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A VM on VMware goes back on time on reboot

This is strange, I had cloned a base build VM and had it running for 3 days, starting from October 6th. Due to a maintenance issue, had to reboot the server and found it had everything lost. No ...
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Virtual disk corrupted after cloning using vmkfstools

I am facing a very weird problem with cloning an Oracle Linux VM on VMware vSphere using commandline-tools. Interesting parts of the script in use are: vmkfstools -i $src/VM0.vmdk -d thin ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Iis multiple domain binding

I've a server with vshpere running and one vm with Windows 2008 r2. I'm hosting a website on this vm. But I want to try to add another domain. Now I have 3 ip-adresses. 1 for vspehere. 1 for vm. 1 ...
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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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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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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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VMware Console Keyboard Map Wrong

I'm building a virtual disk image of an install from a script process (DD image, chroot to install). I then convert this image to a VMware vmdk image and boot it. I'm installing CentOS 6.4 as the ...
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vcloud vmrc connection ssl error

i have a vcloud cell with 2 IPs on 2 NICs, one is for HTTP which has a CA signed ssl cert and the consoleproxy which has a self signed cert. when I connect internally from the network to a console, ...