Virtualization is the act of creating a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, including (but not limited to) a virtual computer hardware platform, operating system (OS), storage device, or computer network resources. Virtualization is usually the creation of a system that executes separate from the underlying hardware resources, or the creation of an entire desktop for systems located elsewhere, similar to thin clients.

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I had a VM with 2 VHDs, one on each of the two datastores we have.  I have added a third datastore and wanted to consolidate the VM VHDs to the one new datastore.  I moved one VHD, detach it from the VM and re-added it to the VM and all seems fine with that.  I am trying to move the last VHD as well as the VMX file, etc and I am not able to.  I can move every file except for the second vmdk as well as the ctl.vmdk.  At the very end of the copy it says: "Move file Error caused by file /vmfs/volumes/dasname/XXXXX/XXXXXX.vmdk".  The vmdk is 314 GB and is thick lazy zeroed.  When trying to do this I have removed the VM from inventory, I can't seem to find what is keeping me from moving this file to the new datastore and what is difficult is I don't get the error until the end of the 1.5 hour long transfer...  I do not have vCenter or vMotion, just vSphere 6 Essentials.  I appreciate any help someone can provide!
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I have a virtual machine that is the file server and I need to extend the volume because the volume on this virtual machine is in the red. Can you please tell me how to extend the drive volume volume of this virtual machine so I can get rid of the red
in VMware 6.5 vSAN stretch cluster environment, if a virtual machine failover to another ESX, is it possible to automatically assign a "tag".
I have a VM that was deployed from an OVA file.  It deployed just fine and is up and running.

However, its creators for some reason decided that there would be NO command line access (it's Linux-based)  Evidently, they believe that EVERY network out there is connected to a DHCP server.  

This vm was deployed into a network subnet with no DHCP servers available.

I now need to assign it a static IP so that it can get on the network and do what it is supposed to do. But if I can't log into it, I don't know how to assign it an IP address.

Their support are no help here - they said "Oh, you can do this in VMWare Fusion"  Well, VMWare Fusion has a built-in DHCP-like functionality that it uses for this.  Not applicable in my use case unfortunately.  (We do have vCenter)

Is there a way to give this vm a static IP address by modifying its vmx (or some other) file?

I'm unable to launch Citrix XenDesktop from outside my network. It gives me protocol driver error when launched from store front. Has anyone seen this error message before?

P.S I do not have a netscaler gateway in between. Currently using my firewall for port forwarding.


I'm in the process of upgrading  servers on a single domain.  The old servers were physical 2008R2 servers with Exchange 2010 on the primary controller.  The new servers are 2016 Standard VMs running on Hyper-V.  Exchange is on one VM and the Domain Controller is on another VM with DHCP as well.  There is an additional VM that is the backup Domain Controller.  Since migrating to 2016 and decommissioning the 2010 server, the network workstations with Outlook (2010 to 2016) experience intermittent disconnects from Exchange Server 2016.  There are 27 workstations on the network with another 10 connecting remotely and another 50 mobile devices that access the exchange email server.  I've opened a Microsoft Support Ticket however they have not been able to resolve the issue in 3 weeks.  We see error 26 in the client event log when the disconnect occurs however there is no other loss of connectivity across the network or internet.  Typically we can resolve the issue by performing an ipconfig /release and ipconfig /renew however occasionally a reboot is required.  DCDIAG is clean other than syslog errors.  Replication is occurring without errors as well.  Thanks for your help.
When upgrading ESXi hosts from 5.5 to 6.5, will all of my host configs (network, storage connectors, etc..)remain intact after the upgrade?  I did backup the host config using vSphere CLI but not sure if I will need to restore them.  Thanks for the help.


Dan M.
Need advice on VMWare ESXi upgrade considerations from 5.1 to 6.0 regarding a Red Hat 7.2 VM (not Red Hat Enterprise Linux).

I am upgrading VMWare on the 31st from 5.1 to 6.x and have questions regarding a Red Hat Linux 7.2 VM (v.9) on 5.1 and potential issues to be aware of when upgrading ESXi to 6.0 .
Will this VM still run on the new ESXi version?
Any dangers/ considerations for me to be aware of?

This is a critical server and so is the upgrade to 6.0 so anything you can offer to help me be prepared, or to help reduce concerns, would be appreciated.

Thank you!

Is there a way to migrate a File server role in a Failover cluster to a new Cluster on different hosts similar to the way you migrate a VM with the Move option from Hyper-v Manager.
I find there are several orphan VMs left on the server. If I select "Remove form Inventory", will it physically remove those orphans files ?
How to completely remove those files on the server ?

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We have data protection manager (DPM). Were backing up virtual machines which contains SQL server. Were backing up the virtual machine and then backing up the sql databases separately so we can 1. clear log files 2. if we need to restore we don't have to restore the entire virtual machine. It's like double backup in a sense, and storage space is becoming an issue. Any suggestions or how others are handling
Long story short, I am using Zerto for DR. When I zert a vm to the DR site, it takes on UTC time
which is 10 hours ahead of local time. After many attempts to resolve this within Zerto, I have
taken the route of pointing each vm to our local NTP server. This works but at times the time
adjustment takes several minutes after zerting.  To circumvent this, I put a "w32tm /resync" command in
the login script. This works perfectly but requires a login. Is the some way to speed up the syncing
to the NTP server without having to login??


PS  FWIW, AD is not involved.
Just looking for advice on whether or not to migrate our current, physical AD server to a virtual VM on VMWare - leave it as physical.  We need to upgrade because we are on an out-dated HP server, running Server 2008.  We want to upgrade to either a new physical 2016 Server - or a virtual 2016 Server.  What are the pros and cons - if any - of going virtual with active directory?  

Thanks for your input

How can I mount a NAS File share on a Windows Server not a host.
I created a volume in a Netapp with CIFS and NFS policy, Given my vm Root access to that Share. But I cannot understand how to mount it on the vm. I need this share to create a file share quorum on my multi sight cluster.
One of backup jobs are failing with the following error:

"Processing SEVER1 Error: Unfreeze error: [Backup job failed. Cannot create a shadow copy of the volumes containing writer's data. A VSS critical writer has failed. Writer name: [SqlServerWriter]. Class ID: [{a65f4462-5ea8-4ebc-9dbd-a0465426912a}]. Instance ID: [{54654edf-a345-470b-9bcf-214245bf339b}]. Writer's state: [VSS_WS_FAILED_AT_PREPARE_SNAPSHOT]. Error code: [0x800423f4].]"

I use Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5 and I am on VMware version 6.5.
Hi all,

Connecting to 2 VMs on a Windows non-GUI hyperv host. Connections seem really slow and logging onto the DC VM and the applications VM is slow also.  

Server Details
OS Name Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
VM Count 0
CPU Cores 4 Core(s)
CPU Utilization 20 %
Guest NaN %
Hyperv NaN %
Total Storage 126.66 GB
Free Storage 97.3 GB
Reads 0 B/s
Writes 0 B/s
Total Memory 2.47 GB
Free Memory 177.61 MB
Memory Utilization 92.98 %
Network 1 interface(s)
Tramission(Tx) 0 b/s
Reception(Rx) 0 b/s

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Free memory usage looks very low. Within hyperv manager, the DC VM has 2048MB assigned to it, the applications VM has 4096MB assigned to it. Accessing both is very slow and remote logins are slow, i'm trying to access whether this is a hyperv issue or a network issue.

Any guidance much appreciated,

We setup up a Win 7 ultimate machine as a budget TS for a business. They have been using it for close to two months now and today they all recieved the "This copy of Windows is not Genuine" message and the "You might be a victim of software counterfitting..." which looks really bad on us. Even though our actual license key is genuine.

The machine is a VM and I stupidly used a Windows ISO we had stored on our system that someone else had put there. I downloaded HashCalc and the SHA1 checksum is 3463ee70647669d20a9757c20bb5f1e2da6a2a96 which doesnt match anything online. So I am 90% sure this ISO is some pirated crap. Is there any way to resolve this...?

I am pretty sure I will just need to setup a new VM using a genuine ISO but this will be a huge job migrating all their settings etc over, any suggestions on the best way to do this?
Comcast (ISP) blocks port 445 so SMB is not usable over the internet. Is it possible to configure Windows7 and Windows Server 2008R2 to use port other than 445? I have seen some articles about using Putty to create SSH tunnel but these seem specific to Unix/Lunix environments and CIFS mounts. Stuck working with client application in our "office" that needs to perform Windows mount (UNC) for server located in VM with public IP.
Windows UNC (SMB) fails across public network. SMB works inside VM, i.e. from/to, however, when trying same mount from inside our office to vCloud environment the mount fails. Wireshark shows the 445 packets never arrive and Windows moves on to port 80 which does not work nor is it expected to. vCloud firewall has an any/any permit rule and Wireshark shows the traffic leaving the office network.
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internet explorer is not launching for a particular user on a server, other user can access it on the same server with their login.
Virtual W2K12 (PDC) DC running on VMware ESX 5.5 host is not synchronizing time with external source.  The time source shows "Local CMOS Clock" not matter what I try.

We have disabled time synch for the VM with VMware  according to

I've tried following the steps to question #6 in, which included setting to "0", then setting the external ntp server list according to

No matter what I try, I see this on the PDC:

C:\Windows\system32>w32tm /query /source
Local CMOS Clock

Windows time synch b/t the other DC's, member servers, and workstations are all working - synchronizing with our PDC just fine. It's just that we can't get synch'd with an external time server.  We currently point to an internal switch that's running an ntp service.

Below is my current configuration:

      C:\Windows\system32>w32tm /query /configuration
      EventLogFlags: 2 (Local)
      AnnounceFlags: 10 (Local)
      TimeJumpAuditOffset: 28800 (Local)
      MinPollInterval: 6 (Local)
      MaxPollInterval: 10 (Local)
      MaxNegPhaseCorrection: 172800 (Local)
      MaxPosPhaseCorrection: 172800 (Local)
      MaxAllowedPhaseOffset: 300 (Local)
      FrequencyCorrectRate: 4 (Local)
      PollAdjustFactor: 5 (Local)…
I am having challenges getting copy/paste to work with vcenter 6.5 web client remote console. Vcenter is 6.5 U1e, Host is esxi 6.5 Dell custom release U1.

The following lines have been added to the .vmx file. = "false" = "false" = "true" = "false"

The VM was rebooted.
VM is a Windows Server 2008 R2

I also added the following lines to the etc/vmware/config file on the host.

vmx.fullpath = "/bin/vmx""FALSE""FALSE"

and the host was rebooted.

Still unable to copy text from a file on the remote console to my PC.

Need a little help here from someone smarter than me.
We just applied some security updates to one of our vm host esxi 6 and now the vms that are running on the host are having issues with their mouse. The keyboard responds fine but the mouse when you move it around they cant see the pointer but if I am on the console of the particular vm via the vctr, I can see them moving the mouse.
Any idea on what I can do for this?

i am trying to install System Center Server Virtual Machine Manager 2016

i have downloaded the System Center 2016 Datacenter version

this is in dutch but says that the System Center download and installation make one or all features possible. Also Virtual Machine Manager.

i downloaded this file:

I installed this on a Windows Server 2016 Data Center edition. Installation went well and all test where ok.

But i only have the Configuration Manager Console? Not the Virtual Machine Manager Console??

did i miss something??
The conversion gets to 98% and fails with the VM message "FAILED: general system error occured: Remote server closed connection after 0 response bytes."  Soon after the converter fails there is a Windows popup that says "Windows - Delayed Write Failed"






Virtualization is the act of creating a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, including (but not limited to) a virtual computer hardware platform, operating system (OS), storage device, or computer network resources. Virtualization is usually the creation of a system that executes separate from the underlying hardware resources, or the creation of an entire desktop for systems located elsewhere, similar to thin clients.