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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WE are trying to convert a Physical SBS2011 and a server 2012 R2  standard to virtual
We have not had any luck with using disk2vhd.

We are getting BSOD with the SBS2011 with error 0x0000007B
I looked up this error and tried everything to running fixmbr and boot commands.

Now I'm trying Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter.

Does anyone know of any other fixes for there errors or better conversion tools that will work?
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Controlling named user licenses in a virtualized environment. Other than enforcing 1 user to login to the virtual machine in a named user licensing context such as MSDN are there other controls possible to ensure this is adhered to. What are the possible areas an auditor would look at.
unable to reach to a VirtualBox VM from outside ...viz. not able to ping to the VM.

VirtualBox : Version 5.2.12 r122591 (Qt5.6.2)

Using Bridged Adater ...on a DHCP network

VM (a windows 2012server) able to get/recieve dhcp ip address and able to ping to other hosts within the network,  also to be noted windows firewall in the vm has been allowed to communicate on both TCP/UDP for incomming traffic on all ports on the VM.

unable to ping /reach to the VM from other hosts.
Dear Experts

We have Dell power edge R730 server of CPU  Intel Xeon E5-2630 v3 2.4GHz shipped with the Vmware ESXi6.0 U1 emdedded image on Flash Media how to upgrade it to Vmware ESXi 6.7, I am not having vcenter for this host, can you please suggest alternative way other than vcenter , thanks in advance.
Hello all,

I have a fully patched Server 2016 Hyper-V host that did not shut down cleanly.  Now, when attempting to manage the server locally or remotely by using Hyper-V Manager, Hyper-V Manager just hangs at "Connecting to Virtual Machine Management service...".  The single guest running on this host is not running as far as I can tell.    I've verified Hyper-V VMMS is running, and checked eventlogs and there's no clue as to the issue.

Any advice on getting Hyper-V manager to connect so I can get my guest VM running again?

Thanks in advance for your help.
I have two ESXi 6.5 hosts, licensed with Enterprise Plus. Each host has its own datastore derived from the each server's physical hard drives.
I have created a cluster for the these two servers. Vmkernel ports are in place place for these servers, with FT logging and other services allowed.

I would like to configure Fault tolerance for the virtual machines on one of the hosts above. How can I possibly achieve this without the use of Shared Storage?
Is VMware player free still?  I see version 12 require a license.  Anyone has experience with it?
Also, would it take a lot of resources running two OS simutaneosly?
Installed Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard 64-bit on a new server and im getting this error when trying to create a new VM
"the server encountered an error while creating a new virtual machine"

please help
I have read several of your tutorials on how to delete snapshots, but I'm not sure if I read them too late. I have a centOS VM that has grown to a silly size. The contents of the folder that currently houses the vm is about 700GB. The data size of the vm should only be about 70gb tops. I do not see any snapshots in my manager, although I do see several large files in the directory that houses my vm. I tried "cloning" but the resulting file was almost 700GB. Not sure what to do. Please help.
Andy's VMware vSphere tip#4: Partitions :- OS Partitions have no place in VMware vSphere or Hyper-V. So do not create a C: Partition or volume, and D: Partition or volume on the same virtual disk. We used partitions in the dark old ages of DOS, when the limits of a partition were 32MB, so we had to create multiple partitions on our disks, to use all the disk space.

Keep a single partition per virtual disk. e.g. create a single virtual disk for C:, if you need a D; create another virtual disk.

You will thank me in the future, because it becomes much easier to expand C: and D:, if they are on separate virtual disks. You've also got the benefit of being able to specify which datastore, these will be hosted on which is important if you have tiered storage for performance.

So in Summary do not create partitions, C: D: E: F: on the same virtual disk, you will regret it, later and then you will have to use VMware Converter, to convert your machine and remedy the situation.

Please feel free to post a question to the VMware or Virtualization topic areas to discuss this further.
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It may go away on new machines, but still will be with us a long time to come...

EE questions still being asked about Windows 2000 and Windows 2003
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Expert Comment

Yes, older machines will have BIOS, but new ones just UEFI and Windows 10  (or Server 2016 and beyond)

Still, we are on the same page :)
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Hi all,
I am having an issue with a 2003 windows server virtual machine.

the cpu is always 100% and I took at look at it and I have seen with the process explorer the process that is causing this issue is the wmiprvse.exe (see attachment)

I killed the process but it didn't work. After a while the cpu resources are consumed at 100%.

I have applied this article:

Break WMI Service out into its own svchost process

    Open command prompt with elevated privileges
    Run following command: sc config winmgmt type= own
    Restart Wmi service
    Run sc query winmgmt to ensure status of service now reflects “own” indicating running in its own svchost process

but no success.

Please if anybody knows something about this issue and have some suggestion it will be appreciate it.


Hello experts!

I was required for a gig at the freelancer com market place to prepare charts with Virtual Machines performance. The host is running Hyper V on Win 10 Pro.

I believe that for getting to know the network traffic in/out from VMs, this info could be taken from the performance counter Hyper-V Legacy Network Adapter, which should be queried against
when using WMI. Is this correct? If not which would be the correct way?

The other performance option for knowing Network traffic in/out is Hyper-V Virtual Network Adapter but I cannot find the correct WMI table (I am using this reference:

My concern is that the Hyper-V Legacy Network Adapter is not available on WinPro because when I query I do not get data, but with other performance counters i.e. with processors info, I do get data.

I appreciate so much your advice that you can provide.

Many thanks!

I am used to using VMWare client 5.5 software to manage my virtual machines, but recently I got a new laptop and for some reason, probably a GPO or perhaps our internet proxy, I am not able to ,net framework 3.5 on it and that has prevented me from installed Vmware client 5.5.  I have been getting used to the web based client because I know that is the future anyway but I had an issue last week when I was patching several servers. One of the servers seemed to get hung and when I attempted to restart guest with the web client nothing happened. I did not see an option to just power off so I was stuck. I finally hooked up my old machine and used to old client to force a power off and that resolved my issue. My question is; where can I force a power off of a virtual machine using the web client? I see the basic restart and shutdown guest, but nothing that is equal to just pulling the plug, which I hate doing but know it is necessary in extreme cases.
Hi All ,

Is there any way (tool, command line) to export all details about configuration, disk , volume, share on Netapp / EMC / XIV Storage devices? Need to create storage report for our organization environment.
Hi guys, i have 2x hosts and 1 san. I want to move to a new 2x hosts and 1 San.

Is there a way i use vcenter/vmotion to move this over?
Exporting VMs from an ESXi 6.5 host is unreasonably slow.

ESXI Host runs a RAID 10 of 8 15K SAS disks.
Network connection is 10Gb to core switch
VM is roughly 350GB with no snapshots and have done disk consolidation.

Export target is my workstation. System is running an M2 SSD.
Network connection to core switch is 1Gb.

I routinely saturate that gigabit link to other VMs on that host. The host is not experiencing unusually high IO load, though I'm getting 65-80Mb/s. Using the Web client through vcenter. Checking vcenter (physical vcenter server on the same VLAN as the hosts) server and it is not experiencing any noticeable load (cpu, memory, disk, network IO).

I have done the same export using the VMWare converter on a laptop between vcenter and an external USB disk and was able to saturate the laptop's gigabit link.

Looking for thoughts on what may be causing this.
Good day,

I am having issues with a few VMs that seems sluggish. i tried to ping certain sites. and it times out repeatedly  and then after about 6-8 tries it finally replies. Even when i tracert, to the same address it generates issues. If i utilize another VM on the same Host and repeat the same process it works well.

any ideas?
We have a new server and will be the first time using GPU and ESXi to run a high end graphics package on a VM.
The specs are:
vSphere ESXi 6.7 on a server configured with
•      (2) E5-2699V4 CPUs
•      256 GB RAM
•      (2) NVIDIA Quadro P6000
•      4 TB SSD internal storage
What is the process to setup pass-through to run the graphics package on a RHEL or Windows VM ?

I have seen comments that as a first step,  a VIB needs to be installed on the ESXi Server?

Andy's VMware vSphere tip#3 - Experiments in TIME. Just call me a TIME LORD!

Real life example, a client added 20 new hosts to a large vSphere Cluster, DRS was enabled, and after a few minutes, VMs started to populate the new hosts. (via VMotion/DRS)

A very large outsourcer, then suddenly found issues with Active Directory Replication across the business and also Microsoft Exchange email servers services started to fail.

Because of TIME, TIME had skewed between Active Directory servers and Microsoft Exchange servers by 1.5 hours! and all stopped replicating, and services failed! Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange failed. Logons and email stopped working for many thousands of employees!

The reason, a few of the new ESXi hosts, were syncing time from a rouge time server, which was giving the WRONG time, the time in fact was 1.5 hours ahead.

You may be thinking, ah, they are using VMware Tools to sync to host! - No!

This function has been removed from VMware Tools for many years!

BUT here is a golden nugget, did you know that a vMotion of a VM will sync time with the host unless disabled!

Time is resynchronized when you migrate the virtual machine using vMotion, take a snapshot, restore to a snapshot, shrink the virtual disk, or restart the VMware Tools service in the virtual machine (including rebooting the virtual machine).


So please make sure your VMware …
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This is using Veeam backup and replication 9.5. We are using a standalone lto6 single tape drive. There are altogether 10 tapes for 2 rounds of full backups from Monday to Friday. Since the contents for each day backup is quite small (around 100 GB), I am thinking of keeping 10 weeks' worth of backups for each tape, so, I set the retention to 10 weeks for this media pool. However, no matter how I twist and turn the settings on both media pool (borneo) and backup to tape job 2, I still can't get the subsequent backup contents append. Please see the attached document for the settings of media pool and backup to tape job.

Please enlighten so as I can store 10 weeks' of backup contents per tape or so. Thanks in advance.
I have a dc and i have used VMware converter standalone to get my secondary dc and mail server online in vmware workstation. I am able to ping mail server and secondary dc.

Problem: When I create a vm for my primary DC i get the following error when it is booted in vmware workstation 0xc00002e2

What can i do to fix this.

I have tried using other tools like disk2vhd as well and ls it works fine in hyperv without any errors. If i install hyperv on the same machine i get errors when vm's load up in vmware

I have also used shadow protect to backup but it was unable to boot on vmware and gave the same error 0xc00002e2

I have also tried the following

exact error
Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We're just collecting some error info, and the we'll restart for you. (%% complete)
If you'd like to know more, you can search online later for this error 0xc00002e2
How to replica a Hyperv VM from server1 to Server2 knowing that server1 is joined to a domain and server2 is not.
They are on the same subnet though.

Care to share a guide on how to setup such replica ?

Has anyone got experience with running a SQL Server 2017 VM in Microsoft Azure and having an application on-premise that utilizes the data stored in the SQL Server.

I am being told by a software vendor that the problem with their application on the on-premise workstations is due to latency on the connection to the SQL Server. Naturally there is going to be latency (36ms or greater) and they are not going to see ping times of 1ms (which is what they say they need).

Surely there must be plenty of applications that run a SQL Server back-end (Azure) with application on the front-end (on-premise).

Does anyone have any advice on this? How does SQL deal with latency issues caused by applications running remotely?
hi guys

I've got a WYSE thin client terminal. To the back of this terminal is attached a USB Skorpio scanner. On the device manager of this thin client I can see the scanner on there.

I'm using RDP on the thin client to connect to a virtual machine on our network. I would like this USB Skorpio scanner to get picked up. It isn't at the moment and I don't know whether I am supposed to do anything? I was told this WYSE thin client supports USB passthrough.

Any ideas on any changes I have to make on the virtual machine?

Thanks for helping
Andy's VMware vSphere tip#2- When creating a virtual disk for VMware vSphere (or Hyper-V), always start small, and expand later. It's much easier to expand a virtual disk, than reduce a virtual disk. Do not be tempted to create 1 TB virtual disk, you will find it difficult to reduce the size. If you have made this mistake you can refer to my EE Articles.






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.