VMware is virtual machine software that provides a virtualized set of hardware (a video adapter, a network adapter, and hard disk adapters) to the guest operating system. VMware virtual machines become highly portable between computers, because every host looks nearly identical to the guest. In practice, a system administrator can pause operations on a virtual machine guest, move or copy that guest to another physical computer, and there resume execution exactly at the point of suspension. VMware's enterprise software hypervisors for servers, VMware ESX and VMware ESXi are bare-metal embedded Hypervisors that run directly on server hardware without requiring an additional underlying operating system.

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I have one VM that since a name change keeps showing in tasks and alerts as reconfiguring itself.  sometimes with a few minutes gap, sometimes with a few hours but it is giving problems with backing it up and replicating it offsite for DR.  How can I find out what it the reason for it to keep running a reconfigure task?
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WE are trying to convert a 2012 r2 server with the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter.
It is giving me an error there is no BCD boot device found. and EFI is not currently supported.

I'm guessing this software cannot do it.  
I read somewhere that if you use the VMWARE tool and then use the Microsoft tool it will work that way?
Andy's VMware vSphere tip#6: [InstallationError] [Errno 28] No space left on device - updating from 6.5 U1 to 6.5 U2 (possible other versions as well!)

We were updating HPE Proliant Servers Generation 8 [G8], and it would appear as of writing HPE have still not released a Gen8 ESXi 6.5 U2 Image! So we had to use 6.5 U1 and updated to U2. [Please note always use the OEM version of ESXi for vendor servers, e.g. HPE, Dell, IBM/Lenovo, Fujitsu etc]

This might lead you to this VMware Kb - https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1007638

But it does not appear to be anything to do with space on the device, and when you investigate there is plenty of storage space.

Here's a quick workaround..

 Install the vib manually, see here

1. cd /tmp

2. wget http://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/esx/vmw/vib20/tools-light/VMware_locker_tools-light_6.5.0-1.47.8285314.vib

3. esxcli software vib install -f -v /tmp/VMware_locker_tools-light_6.5.0-1.47.8285314.vib

Complete 6.5 U2 upgrade as normal.

4. esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-6.5.0-20180502001-standard -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml

I have created desktop pool in vmware hoizon7. During the creation of pool, I mentioned number of machines 3. there is dedicated type. When one user is Connected to the Virtual desktop. At the same time 2nd user can not be Connected. Error Message is 'Resources are not available'.
How multiple users can Connect With dedicated Virtual desktops at the same time.
We are using ESXi 6.0 and we are running Windows VMs.  I used Veeam to migrate a VM over to a new host and it came up hosed.  The dynamic disks won't come back online.

On the problem VM, my disk shows as dynamic and my spanned volumes show failed.  Reactivating them isn't working.  I can't reactivate the disk or the volume.

Can anyone point me in the direction of how to fix this?

Before you ask, no, we don't have backups.  We lost the NAS for backups about three weeks ago and we have no replacement NAS yet.  So, I was going to split my VMs between two of my three hosts and replicate the VMs to the third host.  It's during the migration that the file server got hosed.

Anyone have a good fix for recovering the spanned disks?



PS:  My disks show as spanned, dynamic, failed.
I have vCenter 6.5 with Esxi 6.5 Hosts. I am unable to expand the Hard Disk on one of our servers running Windows 2012 R2.
I have confirmed there is enough space in the datastore and there is no SnapShots.
Good morning expert,
I have a simple (possibly) question for you today...
I'm in charge of revising the network configuration of my company... we are small but we flip around a lot of massive data and VMs...
I was looking into these switches from netgear:

Netgear Switch

I thought about getting 2 or three in preparation for possible expansion of company (2 for now is enough) and use the 10Gbps SFP+ connections to link our gateway/firewall to the first switch, a second port to connect to the other switch in a stack and a second port on the second switch to connect to our main server...

We are planning on implementing a VMWare ESXi cluster (3 machines for HA and Load balancing) in the future to deal with the enormous amount of VMs we use...

My question is... is this config possibly going to work or is there a better solution? And are uplink ports safe to use as links to servers?? Are they managed in a different way?

                                        | >VMmachine1      | >VMmachine3
                                        | >VMmachine2
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Dear Experts

I am not able to install ubuntu 18.4 server or even ubuntu 16.4 , trying to install as VM in esxi 6.0 host I could attach the ISO though datastore or even DVD both the cases it hangs/freezes showing loading and not moving further, please suggest where things are going wrong and how to fix this please
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.
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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?
Need advice on moving a VMWare vdmk drive from one Windows server to a replacement server.

We are running VMWare.  I have a file server that is an old Windows 2003 box.  I am replacing it with a new server which will have the same name and ip address, but will be Server 2016.  The data drive, which appears as the second drive, is approximately 1 Tb.  I am hoping that I can remove the vdmk from the original, power the server down, add it to the new server, and rename and ip the new box.  Is it this simple, or am I missing something?  Will the permissions transfer (it's on a domain)?  I think I'll just have to change the share permissions.  

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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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 :)
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?
What is the difference between Erase coding and FTT in Vmware ?
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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.
Vmware Roles

I have Vmware Roles displayed in the screenshot above.
I have an Active Directory Group name (Vmware-Administrators) which has Vmware Administrator Role.

My Question is if I put that group(Vmware-Administrators) right under the top folder pointed to by the top red arrow, the folder named "DataCenters" or I put it right under the DataCenter icon named(MyDatacenter) pointed to by the bottom Red arrow , will this make any difference since I have only one DataCenter ?

Initially, I thought since I have only one Datacenter then it does not make difference, but I realized I was wrong. the AD group (Vmware-Administrators) was not able to take a snapshot of the Vcenter when it was put under the Datacenter icon (MydataCenter), when I moved it under "Datacenters" folder, the group was able to take snapshot of the Vcenter without issue.

Any Clarification about what made difference ?

Thank you
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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 …
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
Take a snapshot of Virtual Center.

I would like to know what 's the impact of taking a snapshot of the Virtual Center during production time.

Thank you






VMware is virtual machine software that provides a virtualized set of hardware (a video adapter, a network adapter, and hard disk adapters) to the guest operating system. VMware virtual machines become highly portable between computers, because every host looks nearly identical to the guest. In practice, a system administrator can pause operations on a virtual machine guest, move or copy that guest to another physical computer, and there resume execution exactly at the point of suspension. VMware's enterprise software hypervisors for servers, VMware ESX and VMware ESXi are bare-metal embedded Hypervisors that run directly on server hardware without requiring an additional underlying operating system.