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Replace VMware vSphere infrastructure with open source alternatives?

We are planning a slow migration from VMware (and third party apps) to open source alternatives (free would be great). Basically, we want to start with some little cluster lab, then migrate the ...
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Getting a list of all the snapshots in VMs managed by vCenter?

We have multiple ESXi servers managed by a vCenter; is there a way to get a list of all the snapshots in all the VMs?
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How to manage a global VM startup order across the whole datacenter?

Suppose you have a fully virtualized VMware infrastructure: ESXi, vCenter, vMotion, HA, DRS, the whole package. Inside, you have lots of VMs, which at any given time may reside on one host or another ...
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Find all virtual machines with ballooned or swapped RAM in VMware cluster?

If I were to look at a vSphere cluster or resource pool and see a certain level of memory ballooning or swapping, how do I identify which VMs are affected? I know what to do with them once I find them ...
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Virtualisation management: should Vcenter, Veeam etc be on a physical machine or VM?

I've noticed that a lot of people run vCenter Server on a VM hosted on Vsphere / ESXi. This seems odd to me, because if there is an issue with the host then you will lose both the host and the ...
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Setup LDAP services for SSO vCenter

Fresh install vCenter server Server 2008 r2 I installed AD setup a user and when trying to "Add identity source" in vCenter when i hit "test connection" I get an error "The vCenter Single Sign-on ...
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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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Can you change the virtual NIC type after building a VM?

When building a VM, you can select which virtual device type you would like a vNIC to be (E1000, VMXNET3, etc). After the VM is created, can you change the type of vNIC in use on a given connection (...
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VMware vCenter/ESXi with FreeIPA instead of Active Directory?

Can vCenter authenticate against FreeIPA instead of Active Directory? If so, how would you set it up? We have a pure Linux environment (CentOS) and need to have vCenter and our VM's have the same ...
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vCenter Server update procedure [closed]

In the process of making a decision of implementing a FT storage in your environment that is running vCenter Server 6.0 4541947, I wanted to upgrade vCenter prior to implementing the solution. Our ...
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vmware esxi 5, cant create snapshots and consolidate fails, how to delete old or consolidate redo logs?

I have a VM that seems to be working ok, but when VMWare DR (or I) tries to create a snap shot, it fails, and when I view the summary page of the VM it has a warning at the top showing that the disks ...
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Any opensource equivalent of virtual center?

We got 10 ESXi hosts running. We don't have budget for Virtual center licenses. Is there some free tool that just gives us consolidated view of all VMs with poweroff and poweron options for each VM.We ...
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Can I add an ESXi host to more than one vCenter server?

I have a situation where I need to add a host to two vCenter servers. The vCenter servers are divided into two different networks and are not in a linked mode i.e. the other vCenter server belongs to ...
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Is there a way to find out what cluster or vcenter an ESX server is on?

I need to be able to identify which cluster or vCenter instance some ESX servers are part of, but need to get this information directly from the ESX server itself. Is this information available in ...
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What is the recommended way to version VMware Templates?

Assume that you're in an organisation with numerous data centres, each with their own private clouds running on VMware vCenter 5.5. There are VMware templates for different Operating Systems, ...
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vSphere 5.1 U1 Client - “The command has timed out as the remote server is taking too long to respond”

The Problem: What we are trying to do When trying to log into vCenter using the VMware vSphere Client we are greeted with the following error when using both Windows Sessions credentials or manually ...
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VMWare distributed switch, VMs from different hosts cannot ping one another

I am using ESXi 5.1 in the hosts, I have setup a distributed switch with corresponding uplink and port groups. When migrating to distributed switch, it seems that VMs from the same host can ping one ...
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ESX 5.5 Maximum File Size

We have a ~24TB Datastore (a single LUN mapped via a DAS) which has a VMFS5 Datastore. My understanding was with ESX 5.5 and VMFS5 you can have file sizes up to 62TB (as per this article: http://kb....
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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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Should VCenter be a VM?/Can it be external hardware

We have 6 ESX servers running +150 VMs. Currently our VCenter server is one of these VMs. The other day we had a hardware failure in our DC (caused by a naughty UPS) which took out two of these ...
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Joining VMware VSCA with separate PSC to the Microsoft AD

I am considering an installing VMware vCenter Server Appliance for our pretty small production environment. After some time playing around it, I have narrowed down a number of questions that I need ...
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How do I export/download a VM from vcenter to vmware workstation? [closed]

I need to run a VM on my laptop that I created in our esxi5.5 envvironment. I stumbled over ovftool and installed it to my Windows laptop but I don't see it in any menu. Or should I use ovftool on ...
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Can I let my users create VM's as they wish?

In my dev team now, there has risen a request to be able to create/run VM's on demand. What they are asking for is a system/method/tool that they can select the following: CPU's, RAM, OS , Hard disk ...
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Modify VM attributes from VMware CLI

There has to be a way to do this that I'm missing. I'm trying to modify attributes on a whole bunch of VMs at the same time from the CLI: Look! 24 VMs: $ vmware-cmd --server 10.91.1.1 --username ...
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VMware / SQL - physical vs logical cores - how many vCPUs to assign when HT is enabled

We have a ESX host: It has 2 CPU x 8 cores each, and HT enabled. So, total 16 physical cores or 32 logical cores. It has a single dedicated SQL VM on it (no other VMs run on this host), and it has ...
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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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How is it possible to clone a running VM consistently?

We have a sysadmin who is cloning one of our production servers, which is a VMWare VM. The total time to clone it seems to be about 2 hours. The server is still running (serving web apps) while he ...
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Flash on EL6 for accessing VMware vCenter Appliance 5.5

Has anyone succeeded in connecting to a vcenter 5.5 appliance with a RHEL6 workstation? If so, what's the magic incantation and ritual keystrokes? Made the mistake of upgrading to esxi 5.5 without ...
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How to release a VMware unused license from a host? New licensing scheme?

I own VMware Essentials license (6 CPU's) One of the hosts is going to be replaced with a new one. I am having trouble removing/changing the license on that host. As you can see on the image: the ...
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What are the options for attaching DAS units greatly exceeding 62TB Virutal Disks max size limit on vSphere 6.0/6.5?

Our new DAS unit is on the horizon and I'm looking for the best way to configure the storage. We currently use vSphere 6.0 but will have to upgrade to 6.5 when Update 1 is released as all HDDs in ...
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SNMP - Value of CPU processor load not reflecting reality

Trying to plot CPU load on my server, with the following hardware: ProLiant DL360p Gen8 (same behavior on ProLiant DL360 G7). The machine is running VMWare ESXi5.1 To create a CPU spike I run dd if=/...
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VMware FT, App HA: What happens if vCenter Server is offline?

I am interested in the two features named "Fault Tolerance" and "App High Availability" which are part of some VMware products. As far as I understand the vCenter Server instance is needed to perform ...
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Mirroring 2 Host with their own local storage

I'm trying to decide between 2 infrastructures. 1. 2 Servers host that point to a NAS 2. 2 Servers that mirror each other with their own local storage. Infrastructure Requirements: 50 TB of storage,...
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VMware Vmotion 5.1 fails at 51% , Between two identical new vmware servers

We've been trying to deloy two new CISCO UCS C220 M3S servers ESXi Hosts. the installation went smooth en perfectly. We added both servers in a ESXi (5.1 update 2) cluster. this to perform vmotion ...
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vCenter Cluster CPU utilisation data inaccurate

We have quite a reasonably sized vSphere 'estate', with 80% of our Windows/Linux servers virtualised, running across six Datacentres. One of my challenges is medium to long term capacity planning, ...
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What is the best backup solution for VMware Infrastructure system that hosts a wide variety of VMs?

In a situation where you are running: VMware Infrastructure 4.x with multiple hosts Over 150 VMs with a wide variety of operating systems (Linux in a half dozen distros, Solaris, every MS version, ...
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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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Two vSphere Essentials Plus Kits: can all hosts be part of same cluster/data center?

Say you have 6 hosts and two vSphere Essentials Plus Kits: can all 6 hosts function as part of the same vCenter (cluster, data center) umbrella or is there a restriction with licensing (i.e. you'd ...
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VMware Vcenter - benefits for small setup?

I am just starting out with virtualisation, in fact I don't use it for anything business critical because I don't know anywhere near enough about it! I currently have two HP ProLiant DL360's with 4GB ...
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Unable to Change vCenter Server Appliance IP

I am trying to change a vCenter Server Appliance static IP address. If I follow VMware documentation here I get the following message IPv4 configuration for nic0 of this node cannot be edited post ...
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ESXi 5.5 CPU Sanity Check

In the BIOS of my server I have 2 X 2.26 quad cores, however in VMware I only see 2 cores per CPU ? Surely this isn't right? Processor Cores and Processor sockets should show as below: Processor ...
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VMware High Availability questions

I can't seem to find the answers to these questions within the vSphere 5 Documentation center, so please share if you are aware of any aspects of these questions. What happens to the failed VM that ...
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Is there a faster way to deploy an OVA template?

I need to deploy vSphere Server Appliance 5.1. I have vSphere Client running locally and my internet upload is capped at 3 Mbps. It says it's going to take about 200 minutes to upload. When selecting ...
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Convert physical to ESXi machine using VMware vCenter Converter?

I want to convert a physical machine to a virtual machine using VMware vCenter Converter. According to the product page of VMware vCenter Converter I should be able to create a virtual machine for ...
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What vSphere data/reports would you like that you can't get now?

Bit of an open-ended question here sorry, hence why it's a CW, it's to help inform some toolset writers that I work with what direction to go with their new product, hope you don't mind. If you could ...
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Unable to connect to MKS: Could not locate vmware-authd executable

i am glad to be part of this community , wanted to stop by , say hello and share my sadness. i have installed a vcenter applience 6.0 with a hope to manage some of my old 5.0 esxi servers , everything ...
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What are the main differences between the vsphere_guest and vmware_guest Ansible modules and which should I use?

The vmware_guest is the newer module. I've been playing around with the vsphere_guest module, but facing some issues. http://docs.ansible.com/ansible/vsphere_guest_module.html https://docs.ansible....
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Can you list a Datastore Cluster's sDRS Schedule via PowerCLI?

We have a lot of datastore clusters, most if not all are supposed to have sDRS schedules applied to stop them moving VMs at busy periods. Obviously we could trawl through them manually to check if ...
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Configuration Defaults for VMWare vSphere Virtual Machines

We have a number of hosts running VMWare ESXi 5.5 all attached to a vCenter instance. We access and manage all of our VMs with the vSphere Web Client. A number of people who do not necessarily have ...
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Potential VMWare 5.1 Fault Tolerance bug/issue?

Background / Setup I've got a fresh install of vCenter Server 5.1 and associated components. I've taken all steps (as far as I can tell) to enable FT, and it worked the first time (yanked a power ...