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Well, with dynamic disks you've essentially stuck the drives together as far as Windows is concerned. There's no way that I know of to "combine" VMDK disks (at least, for separate disks ...ESXi does split disks for snapshots/independent disks on its own) - only expand/compact. I'd imagine it was like this because of the 512 GB volume limit in VMFS3. VMFS5 ...


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For VDI (VMware View), my recommendation is to enable HA on your cluster as with any virtualized workload. That's a key feature of vSphere and makes sense to have on. For DRS, understand your workload a bit. How many hosts will you have? How many VMs? How tight is the consolidation? I'd say that the activity on virtualized desktops is not as predictable ...


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Ideologically this doesn't really make sense. The whole point of VDI being that you have disposable machines and all. DRS and HA shouldn't be the least bit necessary.


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After working with our support engineer for a while, re-scanning the storage adapters, datastores, etc and checking the network connections, the iSCSI connections, etc, we finally decided to try a reboot of the host machine. After the host came up and the VSA VM started, I did a Storage Adapter Re-scan, and all the VM's came up.


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It's been done with some success here: http://www.highlyunsupported.com/2012/03/multiboot-esxi-5-windows-2008-r2-rhel-6.html. Key to success is install ESXi first unless you are also installing Xen. Use Grub to chainload the ESXi SysLinux bootloader, that's the easiest path and the one I took. Alternatively if you are using a server with a built-in RAID ...


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Your netmask is incorrect. Try: 255.255.255.0, or whatever your ESXi server's mask is set to.


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+1 for not just making a 20-disk+ RAID5 array! You're not giving much information to go on... namely the types, count and workload of the VMs on the system. My generic advice would be to just go with the two LUNs and manually balance the VM I/O workload by placing the VMs in the appropriate storage pools. There wouldn't be much of an advantage to ...


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This is a bit of a mess and not a good application for VMware ESXi. A physical router/firewall and switch would be the better way to approach this. However, you can create multiple vswitches. vswitch0 could contain the public-facing network uplink and the public interface (vnic) of the Windows server. vswitch1 could have the private interface of the ...


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I have had success using http://www.veeam.com/virtual-machine-backup-solution-free.html It's a lot faster than a datastore copy and paste in the infrastructure client.


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The issue can be maybe because you changed the speed and duplex of vmnic, try to reset it, login in support mode and list your vmnic and see if is 0mbps this mean that you've changed the settings. first see details with: esxcfg-nics -l So reset in this way: esxcfg-nics -a vmnic1 or esxcfg-nics -s 100 -d full vmnic1 More details here: ...


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The best generic approaches are: Export the VM as an OVF file, move to a local system, then reimport the OVF to your ESXi destination. Use vSphere and perform a host/storage migration. Leverage one of Veeam's free products to handle the ad hoc move. Solutions like rsync or scp will be rate-limited and have no knowledge of the content (e.g. sparse VMDK ...


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another plus point for kickstarting linux vm's is that hosts will automatically be fully patched on installation (the vm's get the latest packages from the local repositories). You can obviously achieve the same thing if you keep your templates up to date, but that is not something I have seen happen in the environments I have worked on. The %post section ...


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Have a look at Preparing Linux Template VMs and the post it references, Creating a puppet ready image (CentOS/Fedora). Maybe this helps. Btw: I really like your idea to deploy JeOS VMs and then use puppet to customize it into a DB, Web or whatever server.


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Specifics depend on the distribution, but I'll give you a few CentOS/RHEL things to remember when building your template. Delete the SSH keys in rm /etc/ssh/ Remove the SUBSYSTEM lines in /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules that refer to your NICs Both of those will be re-generated the first time you boot. You need some way of running updates ...


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Depending on the environment and your provisioning process, it may be faster to build anew than using VMware templates and the clone from template feature. I did work in a large Linux-focused VMware environment, where the deployment process wasn't as automated as it should have been. We relied on vSphere templates of RHEL systems, but quite a bit of manual ...


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Your snapshot will grow in size as the state of the VM ages. To safely remove the snapshot: Ensure your VM is in a safe state (If you're uncertain here, shut it down) If possible, make sure the datastore running the VM has a recent backup Open the Snapshot in the Vmware console and delete it If you shutdown your system, power it on and check out the ...


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So, I probably should have rummaged through some of the other cloud providers... like there is this 'exoscale' provider which provides a bash script and a unit to fire off that bash script... - name: exoscale-cloudinit.service command: restart runtime: yes content: | [Unit] Description=Cloudinit from exoscale (cloudstack-style) ...


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Don't worry about it. It's just a rounding issue... 2267MHz is usually represented as 2.27GHz From dmidecode on a similar system: Version: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5520 @ 2.27GHz Voltage: 1.4 V External Clock: 133 MHz Max Speed: 4800 MHz Current Speed: 2267 MHz Or look at how a 2.8GHz CPU is represented...


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I'd suggest just running the updates as-is. There's no harm in it. If this is a single machine, it will require downtime. Without going into this mess, think of the ESXi patches as being delivered as a full image. See: Are VMware ESXi 5 patches cumulative?


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I figured it out. It was the event log files in %SystemRoot%\System32\Winevt\Logs. This particular server did not have the standard "overwrite events as needed" as all of the other servers did. The log files, however, were not being pruned so they kept stacking up. This explains exactly why over a weekend period there would be hardly any change in the ...


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After trying many things randomly, I finally found a way to make them work again. Shutdown the guest. Do a disconnect of the VM NIC from the web management tool. Save that. Go back in and reconnect the NIC. Save that. Start the VM again. So, similar to the usual "flip the VLAN" trick, but just enough different that we didn't hit on it right away.


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vCenter Operations Manager needs to be tuned for your environment and business hours. There are tunables you can set that impact its recommendations for VM sizing. The default thresholds are way too aggressive. But in general, I don't see anything wrong with the recommendations you've. I actually think 256MB of RAM is too small, depending on what you ...


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OK, whatever caused it, this is a way to fix it: https://communities.vmware.com/thread/332790 (backup, remove and recreate)


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webConfigurator is sitting on port 443, and so is your NAT. You can't have it both ways. You mentioned that moving webConfigurator still doesn't allow this to work; my guess is that pfSense has some special magic applied to port 443 to restrict admin access. You can either disable this magic, or do the much easier option and either run the NAT against a ...


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Running ESXi inside non-VMware products may or may not work. One should be able run ESXi on most modern 64 bit machines with at least 4Gb ram, however it tends not to like VMs. Anyway, without proper hardware virtualization support you will not be be able to start 64 bit VMs inside it, but 32 bit VMs will work just fine. No public cloud gives you nested ...


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I manage to fix the issue. I basically configured ESXi with etherchannel & VID settings as suggested by Vmware first. Once etherchannel is set, connection to esxi host was disconnect which means etherchannel is configured correctly. then, I configured Cisco switchports to be in etherchannel with correct VID. This worked like a piece of cake.



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