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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 a Powershell script find multiple servers, but I wanted to see if it can't be modified to also find What the OS is, Specs of Hardware, and VM Server or Physical.

I know this may work out better with SCCM, but wanted to see if I can find it via Powershell as well.

Thank you,

$strCategory = "computer" 
$strOperatingSystem = "Windows*Server*" 
 
$objDomain = New-Object System.DirectoryServices.DirectoryEntry 
 
$objSearcher = New-Object System.DirectoryServices.DirectorySearcher 
$objSearcher.SearchRoot = $objDomain 
 
$objSearcher.Filter = ("OperatingSystem=$strOperatingSystem") 
 
$colProplist = "name" 
foreach ($i in $colPropList){$objSearcher.PropertiesToLoad.Add($i)} 
 
$colResults = $objSearcher.FindAll() 
 
foreach ($objResult in $colResults) 
    { 
    $objComputer = $objResult.Properties;  
    $objComputer.name 
    }

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In it was my understanding that you really only used the number of cores per socket in a VM to get around licensing and leaving the core count to one would all ESXi to automatically build the correct NUMA topology . According to the following article, my understanding is wrong and you should populate the core count first. Am I understanding the article correctly?

https://blogs.vmware.com/performance/2017/03/virtual-machine-vcpu-and-vnuma-rightsizing-rules-of-thumb.html
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Can someone point me to the proper way on how to decommission a domain controller?  Windows 2016 AD.
Thanks in advance.
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I have a RHEL 7.4 VM running on VMware ESXI 6.5 host.

I use a only local storage available on the server.

I have one filesystem on Linux names "/backup" that i sized at 500 GB.

I want to extend the size by 250 GB.

I was told that I have to change filesystem to NFS for that and that is limitation by VMware.
They recommended creating a new filesystem "/backup2"

Can this be correct?

Also, which would be the best option for performance: extending existing filesystem or adding a new one with 250 GB size.

thanks,
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In vCenter 6.5 with ESXi 6 hosts, what is the best way to calculate the current vCPU per pCPU ratio?
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Reclaiming unused disk space on VMWARE vmfs5 datastore running on ESXi6
Datastore is on Equallogic SAN

I did this a long time ago probably when I was running ESXi5.5 using this cmd but its not working anymore.
vmkfstools -y 60

VMware Docs say to use this CMD but they dont show you example or tell you the impact on the server.
Since this is production I need more info before I run it.
esxcli storage vmfs unmap

Can someone confirm proper procedure for my example of VMFS5 on ESXi6

Thanks
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Here is a general question for the VMware E.E community. I am already a VCP and would like to further my certification / knowledge. Is there more demand for the Advanced Design certification or VDI / Horizon?
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Just wondering what rights a user would require to be able to view the properties of a virtual switch in VCTR?
Is there a way to give them this access without them being able to make any changes, just be able to view the properties.
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I usually have to go back into windows and expand the drive.

Is there a way for windows server to dynamically expand the volume(assuming 1 vmdk per volume) when I expand the drive in vmware?
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I'm looking for the steps for using SCCM 2016 to deploy the Server 2019 and 2016 operating systems to VMware and Hyper-V virtual machines.
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Environ:  ESXi 6.0 running in a single host.  Three VMs.  One is Server 2016 and the other two are Win10 LTSB for a total of three VMs.

One of the VMs keeps suspending.  It's one of the two Win10 LTSB VMs.  The server one is fine.

Resources on the host are not constrained.

Power mgt on both host and VMs is set to max performance.

I can't find where this one VM is suspending and how to fix it.

Places I can look?  Ideas?  Suggestions?

Thanks
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2 Windows 2012 R2 Web Server Farm
IIS 8.5
VMware Esxi 6.5
PHP
Kemp Load Balancer
SQL 2014

I have 2 Web Farm Servers with shared config.

I am trying to build a web page using PHP all my other pages are HTML & ASP

I can get to mysite.com/login.php

when I enter my userid and password which I stored in a SQL database

I get this error


Server Error
405 - HTTP verb used to access this page is not allowed.
The page you are looking for cannot be displayed because an invalid method (HTTP verb) was used to attempt access.

I am thinking something in IIS not correctly setup

Any ideas?

Thank you

Tom
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Had a glitch this morning with our raid 5 array.  I resynced the array and said all was good but now there are two exact array using the same drive.  I fear if I delete one it will delete both.  Its an adaptec drive array controller.  I have vmware on the server and its not seeing the config to boot correctly because of the ghosted array.  Any ideas.
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Hi,

i'm trying to follow this article https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/12938/HOW-TO-Shrink-a-VMware-Virtual-Machine-Disk-VMDK-in-15-minutes.html in order to shrink my virtual machine in ESXi 6.7. However I don't understand why the author is shrinking the Windows partition by just 19.5 GB unallocated space (and not 20 GB). After the shrink process Windows shows in total 20.5 GB (100 MB + 20.4 GB) and Vmware provisioned size is just 20 GB. How is that possible that Windows uses more then specified in the VM file descriptor?

So if I would like to shrink my Windows partition by 600 GB, what should be the unallocated space reported by the Disk Management?
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I'm getting the error "UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0x8b in position 513: ordinal not in range(128)" when trying to upgrade a Dell ESXi v6.5 to version VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0.update02-8294253.x86_64-DellEMC_Customized-A00.iso .  What am I doing wrong?  I tried the VUM and had the same issue.  I tried rebuilding the bootbank and altbootbank also...
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Ok, here goes. I have Windows Server 2012 Standard running on VMWare ESXi 5.5 U3. The disk array in which it was stored was having some problems so I moved the vmdk to a different array and restarted the vm. Now, all I get is a black screen. I can see Windows start to boot (windows logo, spinning dots) and then nothing. Interestingly, some of the software on the server continues to work (file sharing, iis), but some doesn't (rdp, dhcp, logmein). ESXi says it doesn't have VMWare tools installed (or not running) but I know they are installed.

Basically, I am locked out of this server. I have tried automated vmware tools install, but it doesn't appear to be happening. I can't access the registry remotely (access denied).

Did I mention that safe mode exhibits the same behavior?
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Users are not allowed to edit video settings (resolution, screen placement, etc.) in a View 7 desktop pool. The control panel message is that this is controlled by the administrator. I looked in GPO but don't see anything.

Any ideas how to allow them to adjust these settings?

Thanks
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We have a customer with an existing traditional 3-node VMware cluster in one geographical site running VMware Essentials + with an embdedd PSC & vCenter, they have recently purchased another physical site in a different geographical location and we will be installing a Dell VXrail G-Series 3-node cluster running VMware Standard. The idea is to eventually migrate the existing VMware workload across to the VXrail cluster once the old site is ready for decommission, but for the time being we want the two sites running side by side & managed by one vCenter instance for ease of management. Both sites will be linked with a site-to-site VPN connection until the old site is decommissioned properly.

My questions surround the vCenter element of everything. According to VXrail documentation, you have two options:-

- Use existing "customer-supplied" vCenter
- Use Dell EMC VXrail vCenter upon installation

My questions are:-

1.) If we join the VXrail to existing vCenter at the old site, can we simply migrate everything across to the VXrail cluster when ready? (Downtime is not an issue so I'm not really concerned about using features such as vMotion etc. if they aren't available options)

2.) If we are able to migrate the existing vCenter across to VXrail, would it be possible to change the IP address? (subnets will change). I've read documentation confirming this isn't possible.

3.) According to VXrail documentation, the built-in vCenter option is not very scalable and is…
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Windows 2012 R2 Data Center
IIs 8.5.9600.16384
Web Farm
VMware ESXI 6.5

I have two Web Servers VM's and my web sites are working fine.

I am using IIS Shared configurations.  I have DFS/R installed to replicate the data of wwwroot folder.

I am now adding a cert so I can us HTTPS

I installed the cert o my node 1 server

In the bindings I added HTTPS port 443 and selected my new cert

I created a folder under wwwroot named cert and placed my cert crt file there

DFSr replicated  the folder and files to Node 2.

On Node 2 The HTTPS port 443 binding was automatically added.

Problem is it assigned another cert to the binding.

When I add the cert on node 2 it displays and then it disappears

How do I get the cert installed on both nodes?

Thank  you

Tom
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Hi,

We have vmware 5.5 version with an dell equallogic as the storage. Most of our VM's are thick provisioned. I want to delete some old thick provisioned VMs. I tried  deleting some thick VM's from Vcenter but when looking on the equallogic I did not see the decrease in storage size. Is there a simple way of reclaiming this storage on the equallogic?

Thank you.
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hello

i'm trying to figure out the origin of the attached vmware crash

the crash occured while updating an ILO



i understand the no heartbeat message. what i'm trying to figure out is the meaning of the stack, what the ESX was doing at that time, and why the ILO update would trigger a crash. from my own understanding i'm wondering whether the esx was already shutting down at the time of the crash.


background information :

this esx is part of a cluster. all DRS features disabled so no machine was migrating at that time.

the vcenter was running on that same host but the crash is apparently related to a different host : front3 as visible on line 4

the server is a old gen8. the ILo previously displayed a warning related to the internal SDCard. i do not think an SD card was ever actually inserted in the slot, though. i'll have a chance to check or get someone to check most likely next week.

i'm unsure this is related but the machine won't boot any more. it displays an NMI error during the POST and i cannot even access the bios settings in order to disable the sdcard entirely. pressing F9 to access the BIOS settings works and the machine shows it received the keystroke but crashes shortly after before actually reaching the BIOS. both the latest bios updated by the operator and the backup one from 2014 fail in the same way. i have no idea what operation the server performs during that short moment, and i do not know whether this is related with …
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I was given a vmx file and a vmdk file from a company and they want me to create a new vm with a different name for the vm than what is on the files that they sent us.
We are running ESXI 6 and was wondering if I place these 2 files onto one of our data stores, then what is my next steps via the vsphere client to create a new vm from these 2 files?
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What is the best config for VMWare 6.7 for the following hardware: HP DL380 gen 10, 2 processors (8 core) with 64 GB memory each, 6 x 960 GB SSD, 2 x 4 ports networkcard

I am talking about :

1) Which raid config (Windows servers and some Linux machines will run on as a guest, 10 in total)
2) Network setup (teaming or not),
3) How to get the best performance out of this hardware config
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Hi EE,

Doing some bench-marking on our newly built SQL cluster using diskspd test see attached, cpu 7 spikes.

We are running Vsphere 6, Windows 2012 R2 OS are their any options I can check to see if CPU load is distributed?

Thank you
diskperf3.txt
diskperf4.txt
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Sometimes it seems like if I am still RDPed into a server after my LOCAL PC that I was using for RDP had a power outage/etc then my WEEKEND Windows Update cannot automatically reboot.

 1. Does anyone else have the same issue ?

 2. What script/etc can I run to find out if I am still RDPed into ANY servers without having to manually login to each of my 20+ Windows Server 2012 VMWare VMs ?
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VMware

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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.