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VMWare ESXi is an installable/embeddable virtualization platform based around the ESXi Hypervisor.

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ESXi 4.0 resize a VM hard drive size

I am using ESXi 4.0, I have a few VM's on the machine. I have just copied teh .vmx and .vmdk to create a new copy of the VM. They are normally 100GB but I want to create a few of these that are 50GB....
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VMWare ESX/ESXi Server Config with RAID 6 - is it advisable?

I am trying to spec out a server machine to run VMWare ESX/ESXi to host about 3-4 VM's. They will likely be hosting VM's running IIS, Apache and BIND. We don't have a huge budget for this and to a ...
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Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2 in ESXi 3.5/ESXi 4?

Has anyone heard any announcements from vmware as to when these will be officially supported? Their website is a bit of a mess. I'm wondering if ESXi 3.5 will support them or ESXi4 ? Googling around ...
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Inexspensive SATA raid controller for small virtualization host

I've had a few issues running software raid on XenServer, and I would also like to try out VMware ESXi which won't easily be combined with a software raid. Are there any low cost PCI cards that would ...
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Recover orphaned diskspace from ESXi datastore

I was uploading a big file (iso of +/- 6 Gb) and somewhere in the middle I've got an I/O error. Now I can't see the file in the datastore and I lost +/- 3 Gb. How can I delete the 'partial' file or ...
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ESXi 4 failed to find boot device

I had exsi 3.5 running just fine, the upgrade to 4 failed ( i thought it would so everything is backed up ). but it did boot just could not import the data store So i did a fresh install of ESXi 4. ...
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Configuring a NAS on ESXi Ver 4

I finally got ESXi working on my server, and multiple virtual machines... but now, of course I need more storage space. From what I am reading I am able to attach a NAS device? They seem to be much ...
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PCI passthrough of graphics cards on ESXi

Is it possible to use the PCI passthrough facility in ESXI 4.0 to connect a graphics card to a virtual machine? If so, is it also possible to pass through a USB keyboard and mouse to control the VM ...
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Wire VMWare Player NIC to a VLAN in Ubuntu 8.04.3

I've got VMWare Player 2.5.x installed on a Ubuntu 8.04.3 host running CentOS 5.3 running Cobbler. VMWare Player has two NICs (I actually took this image from an ESXi image, converted it to Player 2.x ...
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Can you use a USB hard drive in ESXI?

I know that you can install ESXi 4.0 on a thumbdrive, but I was wondering if you could plug in an external harddrive to give extra storage to one of your VMs? We run a fileserver inside of ESXi that ...
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What VMWare software is necessary to run a clustered Exchange environment

It's budget time at my agency, and we're planning to move to Exchange 2010 next year. We are a small shop, so we just want to run a two-server cluster of Exchange, providing fail-over safety if one ...
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Attach local disk to a VM in VMware ESXi

I'm sorry if this has been asked before. We are planning to attach a local SAS disk to a VM, so the VM can access the disk directly. We're using VMware ESXi 4. I have heard that this can be done ...
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Can I run a Fedora VM on top of XenServer / ESXi? What's the closest alternative?

I am planning on moving to Citrix XenServer to host a couple of VM's and am looking to find out if Fedora is in fact supported. The site says it can run Red Hat, but aren't this and Fedora nearly the ...
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RAID1 or RAID10 for VMs?

I am about to retask a 2950 to consolidate some VM's on to a single ESXi server. The server is as follows Dell 2950 2x Intel X5365 @ 3.0Ghz 16GB RAM (8x 2GB ECC) 2x 73GB 10k SAS 4 x 300GB 10K SAS ...
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Does USB key speed matter with ESXi 4.0?

I am setting up a ESXi 4.0 server and have decided to use the CD installers ability to install to a USB key. I have a freebie slow 1GB Newegg USB key and a very fast 4GB Patriot Xporter XT Boost USB ...
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Will Veeam Backup allow to save a snapshot on an external disk?

We're using ESXi to consolidate a number of machines into a VMWare system. I'm still experimenting with the configuration, but for backing up right now I managed (with advice from SF...thanks!) to ...
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NFS write performance

We have three VMware ESXi 4 hosts serving VM's from an OpenFiler NFS share. Every host has a direct gigabit connection to the NAS. Although read performance has been great, writing files inside the VM ...
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VMWare - transfer data store and compare copies

With ESXi, short of using the "hack" console, the only way I found to transfer files is with the VSphere client. It appears we have several systems properly configured and running as VM's now. To ...
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VSphere statistics interpretation

Is there a simple summary...couple pages, maybe...explaining statistics and management information for VM's using vSphere Client 4 so we know about tuning VM's? Things like what's good or bad for host ...
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VMWare ESXi and Hyperthreading

I have (as some are probably tired of seeing on SF) a Dell 2950, dual 4 core 3Ghz processors running ESXi. I noticed on the VSphere management console that the server says it doesn't have ...
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How do you get the VMWare vSphere client to work on Windows 7 RC?

When trying to connect to a ESXi server using the VMWare vShere Client I get an error: Error parsing the server "server" "clients.xml" file. Login will continue, contact your system administrator. ...
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Hyper-V vs. ESXi vs. XenServer

Can anyone share their experiences (for example, this was great! This failed miserably!) with using the Hyper-V, ESXi, and XenServer virtualization platforms? Cost? Management? features? Handling load ...
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Converting An Older VMWare Image to ESXi

I have just installed VMWare ESXi and imported one physical machine without issue and one virtual machine, from an older version of VMWare Server on a Linux system, to it without issue. But I have ...
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ESXi networking occasionally fails on VM start

On my ESXi 3.5 servers, I occasionally see a problem where - on newly started VMs - I see no traffic at all on their virtual network interfaces. I have to go into the VM settings and remove, then re-...
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ESXi NAS configuration

My client's setup is as follows. Two Dell Poweredge servers, running ESXi, with 3 virtual machine spread across them. Each has about 2TB of space in SAS disk, which host the virtual machines. These ...
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How to add Acronis-generated vmdk to esxi?

I've got a set of vmdks generated by Acronis True Image Echo, and I need to add them as a new virtual machine to an existing VMWare ESXI installation. So far I've tried adding a new virtual machine ...
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VMWare ESXi 4.0 Two datastores One Virtual Machine

I have a physical machine that has two separate raid arrays, one for data and one for the OS. I would like to convert the server to a Virtual machine to run on an ESXi server. However the ESXi server ...
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Adding a datastore with ESXi

I've just set up ESXi 4.0 on my office server. I'm running a couple of vm's from my main 250GB drive. I want to create a backup of content in the virtual machines on the other 500GB drive. Right ...
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Choosing between VMWare ESX and ESXi [closed]

We currently run one instance of VMWare ESX server, but want to start virtualizing more physical hardware with VMWare, while keeping the cost of VMWare licensing as low as possible. Is ESXi a good ...
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Convert a (big) vm from ESXi 3.5 to Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

Ok Here is my problem I have 1 ESXi 3.5 server that has 3 vm's on it. I have decided to move over to Hyper-V Server R2 since I like what they are doing on the free side of things. (Free Clustering and ...
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Centos 5.3 tar and rpm give segmentation fault always - can you tell why from the strace?

(Update: Today, tar works without segfault without known changes on the system. The "rm" command is now segfaulting though. Argh! Maybe this is being caused by ESXi? Or, maybe the hardware.) I ...
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Citrix XenServer 5.5 Licensing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? We are currently evaluating two free bare-metal virtualization product: VMware ESXi 4.0 and Citrix XenServer 5.5. While ...
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VMware vSphere Prices [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? I know this is really a off-topic question, but it is so differcult to get a clear picture of the cost of a vSphere setup, ...
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Should i go native or with ESXi server?

At this moment, my server is a plain 64-bit amd, running windows 2003. I wanted to run another virtualized OS on top of it using virtualbox. Then I saw that vmware ESXi is free! I always ignored that ...
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Can I have different ESX hosts accessing the same LUN over different protocols?

I currently have a cluster of two ESX 3.5U2 servers connected directly via FiberChannel to a NetApp 3020 cluster. These hosts mount four VMFS LUNs for virtual machine storage. Currently these LUNs ...
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Load Test ESXi Server

I've setup a a pre-production ESXi server and I'd like to do some load testing on the guest operating systems I have on it. Specificly what I'm interested in is Disk access, will the guest OS's be ...
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Migrate VMware Server to ESXi

What's the recommended approach/tool to migrate VMs from VMware Server 1.0.7 (under Win2003 x64 Enterprise) to ESXi 4 ? Some of the VMs are running Win2003 Enterprise x86, others run Ubuntu JeOS 8....
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Which ups vendors/models are supported by vmware esxi, if any?

I've googled and searched the vmware site but have been unable to find an hcl for ups vendors or models. I'm assuming esxi has power mgt that will shutdown guest following a certain time period ...
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VMware ESXi 4 happy on Core i7?

We plan to run our test environment inside ESXi 4 hosts on a couple of Core i7 920's with X58 mb's. The hardware is very non-HCL which also means we forfeit VMware support. No biggie for a test ...
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How to run VMWare ESX or ESXi in a virtual machine?

Can VMWare ESX or ESXi be installed and used inside a virtual machine? It can be installed inside VMWare Workstation or Server, but then it doesn't work; the main symptoms are: It runs REALLY slowly....
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What is vmhgfs?

I have a VMWare ESXi server with the RCLI appliance installed. I was wondering if it was possible for the RCLI host to mount the filesystem of another guest. I'm assuming there's some way for it to ...
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recovering ESXi datastore

I put ESXi on an old server, but the hardware died. The hard drive is fine, and I'd like to get the VMs I made on that server moved over to a new server. The problem is, the old server used IDE ...
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Can I connect via VNC to a Linux guest running on VMware ESXi?

I can see the console via the VMware Infrastructure client. I can start a VNC server on the server itself, but that leaves me without any X desktop magic. I want to connect a VNC client to connect ...
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Using /etc/passwd with NFS on Server 2008?

I'm trying to set up an NFS share on a server 2008 machine, that can be accessed from and ESXi server. However, when asked to provide a list of groups/accounts, the only two options I am given are AD ...
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Installing Windows 3.11 For Workgroups on ESXi Server

Hello I was able to install MS-DOS 6.0 on the ESXi server and was able to install 3.11 windows, but when I try to start windows for the first time the mouse and keyboard dont work. I can see the ...
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Is there a way to clone an existing VM on an ESXi server without having to re-import it?

I have imported a VM into an ESXi server using the VMware "Converter stand alone utility". However, this process is a little tedious. Since I eventually want several copies of this VM (or, to be ...
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VMWare serial ports

Can someone tell me the difference between the different ways virtual serial ports can be configured using VMWare Infrastructure? For instance: What is the difference between "use output file" and "...
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Can I count on VM Snapshot on production machines for system recovery?

I have a Windows 2003 server running on VMware Virtual Machine. One of our developers wanted to install a service on it. So I decided to give VM snapshot a try on the machine in case if the developer ...
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What are the practical steps to migrate a virtual machine from VMWare ESXi to XenServer?

I now have a few virtual machines (Windows and Linux) running on VMWare esxi and we are considering migrating to XenServer. Is this possible? What are the practical steps?
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XenServer and VMware ESXi, scalability and budget considerations?

In my organization, we are looking to virtualize servers (a dozen of Linux and Windows servers or so). I am looking for a solution what would scale over the years and that would allow us maximum ...