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How should I copy my VM templates between vSphere datacenters?
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How about using ovftool to copy the templates directly between hosts? I have used this for VMs before, and it works pretty well. Not sure if that also works for templates, but if not then you can ...

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Detect memory ballooning from within the affected VM
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If you have VMware Tools installed inside the VM then you can find this out with vmware-toolbox-cmd stat balloon More info here (And, well, you must have VMware Tools installed, otherwise ...

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VMWare Snapshots
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Be aware that snapshots are not a replacement for backups! I use snapshots only for creating short-term failback points, e.g. before a server is patched with something that might break it. But I won't ...

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Why not use vmware tools for time synchronisation?
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I think the reason for VMware not recommending the Tools time sync is that they want to prevent situations where there are two time sync methods simultaneously active in a VM. Windows VMs that are ...

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Is there a way to view an HP ProLiant server IML log from within ESXi?
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These tools are not included in the HP Offline Bundles, so you won't be able to do this out-of-the-box. However, you may be able to run the Linux binaries of hpasmcli and hplog in ESXi. I know that ...

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ESXi 7.X file permissions - how to buypass new security measures
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I agree with the other contributions about not doing anything "inside" ESXi, but manage it remotely with the supported tools like PowerCLI. However, I also want to help you with your ...

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How do I tell ESXi 5.5 to autostart virtual machines from ssh/CLI only?
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Instead of tinkering with the config file you should use the vim-cmd command (and its namespace hostsvc/autostartmanager) to configure VM autostart. Run vim-cmd help hostsvc/autostartmanager to get ...

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Brute force protection for vSphere ESXi hypervisor?
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The functionality that you are referring to is most often implemented by add-ons like fail2ban. This is not available for or already built into ESXi. However, ESXi 6.0 introduced root account lockout ...

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ESXi hosted on public IP without firewall
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Use the ESXi builtin firewall to close down unneeded ports and limit access to the open ones to a range of known IP addresses. This might be challenging if you do not use a fixed external IP address ...

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changing iSCSI block storage backup solutions, does CBT need to be reset?
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No, you don't need to do that. CBT is based on incrementing a generation counter. If you do the first backup with the new software then it will have nothing to compare to, that means it will create a ...

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Can VMware ESXi be installed on a server with 2x480GB DC SSD, Adaptec 8405 SGL, RAID 1?
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The card is on the HCL, but requires an async driver (version 6.2.1) which is not included in the vanilla ESXi installation image. You must download it from here and create your own custom ESXi image ...

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Set alias from sh script in ESXi 6
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For me this works as expected. Make sure that you dot source the script like this: . ~/.profile instead of executing it like this ~/.profile The latter spawns a new shell process where the alias ...

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Why doesn't memory consumed by balloon driver not show up in top?
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Ballooning uses a kernel module (installed as part of VMware Tools) to allocate the memory in the guest. So, it is the Linux kernel that consumes the memory, but not one of the regular processes that ...

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Can you list a Datastore Cluster's sDRS Schedule via PowerCLI?
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The sDRS schedules are regular vCenter scheduled tasks. There are few blog posts available on how to list these with PowerCLI, e.g. here: https://virtualbyte.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/retrieve-vcenter-...

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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 on VMWare ESX - How to reduce base load
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Windows 8/8.1 does not have such a high constant base load, neither on physical nor on virtual machines. I have seen similar issues caused by software installations that corrupt the WMI stack (...

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How can I allow Windows XP workstations to recieve updates after EOL?
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There is a tookit available that will download all available patches of a Windows version, wraps an install script around it, and builds an ISO from all of it which you can use to update a machine ...

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What is the purpose of a xHCI controller while esxi6 doesn't support USB3?
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ESXi supports USB 3.0 since version 5.5 Update 3. However, for some reason you need to manually load/activate the xhci module in ESXi to enable the support: esxcli system module load -m xhci esxcli ...

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ESXI: Get machine name from the virtual (within the) machine itself?
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You cannot do this with VMware Tools alone from inside the VM. You need to connect to and query vCenter, e.g. with PowerCLI. And that you can do from any machine on the network. The following PowerCLI ...

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Failed to get an SSL thumbprint of the target server certificate, when trying to install vCenter 6.5
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If you are trying to install the Linux appliance based vCSA version of vCenter then the answer is yes: You can only install it as a VM on an existing ESXi host. With version 6.5 (and 6.7) vCenter is ...

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Can't increase the virtual drive size any more?
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The maximum disk size is typically limited by the amount of free space available on the datastore that holds the VM. Check the free space on the datastore. If it is full try to move the VM to another ...

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Multiple vCenter Services for redundancy
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No, you cannot have multiple vCenter servers managing the same hosts at the same time. In KB1024051 the supported HA options for vCenter are outlined. New in version 6.0 is the option to use ...

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Why am I getting only 1gbps between Solaris and VMware?
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It looks like there are some issues and bugs with the vmxnet3 adapter for Solaris. Please have a look at this very detailed post: http://blog.cyberexplorer.me/2013/03/improving-vm-to-vm-network-...

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VMWAre OVFtool export fails with error "Failed to create directory"
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you can use the logging options of ovftool for debugging, something like ovftool.exe --X:logFile=ovftool-log.txt --X:logLevel=verbose ... Use --help for more logging options. For your particular case ...

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Find location of ESXi 6.5 incorrect login attempts
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If the failed logins happen via the vSphere Client or any other way using the web based API (port 443) like PowerCLI etc. then you can find log entries like Rejected password for user [username] ...

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Updating ESXi isn't updating the image profile
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What you are seeing is normal behavior. The name of the installed Imageprofile has indeed changed, from "ESXi-6.0.0-20160302001-standard" to "(Updated) ESXi-6.0.0-20160302001-standard". This is ...

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How can I keep a third-party cloud provider accountable for guest VM performance?
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If you have VMware Tools installed then there is a number of performance counters that you can check (in perfmon.exe see the categories "VM Processor" and "VM Memory") to find out if your virtual CPU ...

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ESXi with 1 public IP address
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That won't work, because you need one address for the ESXi management alone. For the pfSense router VM you need a sencond public IP address. Instructions specific to online.net are here: http://...

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(VMware) esxcli software vib update -n xxx, which vib version is selected for the module xxx
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The "esxcli software vib update" command will by default pick the latest version of a VIB package, and if you carefully look at the full version number (not only the last segment that is the build ...

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vmware vcenter 5.1 installation with FQDN error
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I got the same error doing the same (fresh install of 5.1 on windows 2012). My DNS setup is also perfectly okay (incl. reverse lookup), so I just ignored the warning. Everything installed fine and is ...

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vmware esx vm hot clone / fork
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Yes, you can clone a VM from a snapshot. Not through the vSphere client GUI, but via PowerCLI. See this post for details: http://www.jonathanmedd.net/2013/07/clone-a-vm-from-a-snapshot-using-powercli....

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