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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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One of my ESXI servers is not responding,  however, the VM's are active.  Is there a command that I can run from SSH to restart services without interrupting the VM's or do I have to reboot the entire box? If so where do I begin?
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My hosts are on 5.5. I am quite behind on my updates. I am wondering- should i install all patches/extensions before running the upgrade? Or can i upgrade from where I am at to 6.0.
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We are trying to follow this link for VMware to download the I/E Client Integration Plugin, but I don't see it any where in the Vcloud to download it.
 
https://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vsphere.vcenterhost.doc%2FGUID-3FC8F86B-7F4A-450C-9D1F-0275E403F71C.html

Is there something I need to do or how do I download the plugin that we need?
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I just recently cloned a VM that has been housed on my SCSI C:\ drive and installed it on an SSD drive (D:\).

After entering the password, it now takes several minutes for Windows to actually open so that I can actually do something.  

I would have thought, given the relative speed of SSD over SCSI, that it would boot faster from the SSD drive.

Is this normal?
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Hello Experts,

I have a task for a friend of mine and we purchased a server Lenovo Thinksystem SR590 and it has all these drives, As I was going through the specifics I noticed the VMWARE is preinstalled.

My 1st question is the vmware is preinstall does that mean I can turn it on and give it an IP and I should be able to access it using the VSPHERE. Do I need to do anything to setup the Hypervisor ?

My 2nd question is with all these drive how can i setup the storage , I need to provision the DC server, SQL SERVER, Application SERVER 1,Application server 2 and Application server 3 storage requirements.

1. If any one can send me a instructions on how to provision the storage for the Domain Controller server.  I want to give two volumes  one for C drive  and one for D volume in some applications servers and the file share server.

In vsphere I go into configuration --> storage - discover , will these drives show in the disk layout ? or I have to do anything here


Below is the specs of this server :

•      ThinkSystem 2U 3.5" SATA/SAS 8-Bay Backplane
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•      Select Storage devices - no configured RAID required
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•      ThinkSystem RAID 530-8i PCIe 12Gb Adapter
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•      ThinkSystem 3.5" 2TB 7.2K SAS 12Gb Hot Swap 512n HDD
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•      ThinkSystem 3.5" PM1645 800GB Mainstream SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD
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•      ThinkSystem 3.5" PM883 960GB Entry SATA 6Gb Hot Swap SSD
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•      ThinkSystem M.2 Enablement Kit
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•      ThinkSystem M.2 5100 240GB SATA 6Gbps Non-Hot Swap SSD
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•      VMware ESXi 6.7 …
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I'm running Workstation 12 Pro
I'm attempting to move my VM files from my C:\ drive to a SSD drive (D:\).

I copied all of the files with a filename like:  VM_Win_7_Pro_x64_Off_2010_x32 to a new folder on my D: drive but when I attempted to open that VM, I received the following message:
Open VM errorThe files in that folder are listed below, one of which is the referenced .vmdk file.  Did I miss a step in this migration process?
list of files in new pathAppreciate your help
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In ESXi 6.5 or 6.7, is it possible to require a password when powering on of off a VM?
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Dear All,

     I have wrongly chosen X-Large during installation of VCSA 6.7, and this VCSA have cluster and 2 hosts added, and found the deployed size around 1.4TB, just wonder if I can redeploy another VCSA with tiny size by disconnect the 2 hosts from current VCSA, and after deployed a new VCSA with tiny size and added back the 2 hosts in it, any help would be appreciated
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Ive got a HP Prolliant ML350 Server running the free HP Build of VMware - HPE-ESXi-6.7.0-iso-Gen9plus-670.10.3.5.6 (Hewlett Packard Enterprise). The server has 2 CPUs with 8 cores per socket and 80gb of Ram. I have 3 guest running Windows 2012 server and Im trying to setup Veeam to backup the boxes but Im getting the following error in Veeam which indicates something is not right with the licensing.

Processing Main SQL Server Error: Current vSphere license or ESXi version prohibits execution of the requested operation.

Sounds like the HP VMware license is the issue and I probably need at the very least an VMWare Essenttial License key - does this key have to be bought from HP or can I get it off VMWare themselves? Can I apply the license via the web gui of the VMHost?
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Firstly thanks to everyone in advance for their time and expert insights. We have several servers (all at least 2012R2) that were overprovisioned due to vendor recommendations and I need to recapture some of the free space on these drives (mostly c: and d: partitions). I worked with VMware using their VMware converter 6.2 (our ESXi is 6.5u2) and we converted a low priority test system and it went okay. I am having some issues with the application on it, but as it is a standby failover server to the main application server I cannot be sure if the issue is VMware related re. conversion or if it existed before and I will talk with the vendor as the server and application seem okay otherwise. However, I wanted to get some insights from others that have done this, since my next candidate is a SharePoint 2013 farm (2012R2 o/s) that consists of a SharePoint 2013 Farm serer and a SharePoint database server running SQL 2012. Assuming there are no issues during the conversion process itself does anyone have any insights into if this is an okay thing to do or are there any issues that VMware is not telling me, because they said it was okay. Appreciate feedback.
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One ESXi host cannot ping its NFS targets.

So obviously the NFS datastores show inaccessible. For reference, every other ESXi host work fine and can ping its NFS targets.

Every host has the NFS portgroup with the vlan and vmk/uplink settings are exactly the same with the exception of one of the physical NICs has no CDP information and the "Networks" section under CDP shows empty if I remember correctly. No indication that the uplink is down so could this still be a UCSM/Fabric upstream switch issue?

Thanks again
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Hi, I use a single host with VMware ESXi 6.7 on a PowerEdge R540, with a few virtual machines (local storage).
I noticed in Events this kind of messages:

Alarm 'Host error' on host.local
triggered by event 46678 'Issue detected on host.local in CED: Bootbank cannot be found at path '/bootbank' (2020-01-14T12:01:00.964Z cpu28:2245051)'

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ESXi is installed on a USB stick.
Should I be worried?
Thank you
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I have an odd issue with a vSphere 6.7 environment. 2 Hosts that have been running fine for about 4  months are now exhibiting connection errors. I disconnected and removed them from inventory in vCenter and they were removed without error, but I cannot get them back in. I keep getting incorrect login. I cannot event log into the local WebUI of the hosts. I get an error saying username or password are incorrect, I cannot SSH to them either. However, connecting via DCUI through F1 or F2 logins work without issue....
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Easy question: how to add a network  in VMware
I see those but I want a new one
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VmWare 5.5.0
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hello all,

which load balancing mechanism would you recommend to use in vmware when 2 nics are plugged to 2 different stacked switches and etherchannel and other lagg configurations are not available on the switch side ( please do not ask why )

this platform uses 6.1 or above

the vswitches are not distributed

thanks for your help
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We have a valid license but not access atm to download vCenter for an upgrade. My question is, can I simply download the Trial version and use that to upgrade or will it still expire after 60 days?

Thanks
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Hello, trying to take a simple vCenter backup to an HTTP location via the HFS tool but it's giving me the error below. Port 80 on the ESXi firewall is checked and the vCenter has no firewall. Anyone else run into this?

ESXi host firewall that vCenter is on is accepting 80 and 443.

I get a different error based on whether or not I use the root / or the folder path. The folder has everyone full control and the ficticious user account and permissions are set to root/password from HFS.

1. ERROR: Error at process ComponentScriptsBackup; rc:55.
2. ERROR: BackupManager encountered an exception: Hit exception inside process ComponentScriptsBackup
ERROR: stderr:Failed to dispatch component rbd backup

1. curl: (55) Send failure: Broken pipe
2. curl: (52) Empty reply from server.

ERROR: BackupManager encountered an exception: Failed to send data to the destination server. Please check network connectivity/space available/permissions on the server. For details please check the log file: /var/log/vmware/applmgmt/backup.log.

1. ERROR: BackupManager encountered an exception: Hit exception inside process ComponentScriptsBackup
2. ERROR: BackupManager encountered an exception: Failed to receive data/response from the remote server
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Hi,

Over the last day or so I tried to connect to my ESXi hosts directly in a web browser.  The browser is connecting but failing to complete the TLS handshake negotiation, eventually timing out.

Anyone see this before?  I can get to them through the VCSA but sometimes I want to check on something directly.

6.7.0.

Thanks!

--Ben
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Hi,

I have a NFS datastore that is no longer accessible. Didn't have anything on it but I can't unmount it.  When I do I get the message:

The resource 'BU1' is in use.
Cannot remove datastore 'BU1' because "system swap is enabled on it". Correct the problem and retry the operation.

I don't recall putting anything on it, much less enabling it for system swap.  ?

6.7.0 w/ VCSA.

--Ben
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Hello....
One of the VMWare ESXi servers we have stopped working. We restarted the server and then the attached message appear.
What exactly should I do to let the server working again
Thanks..
VMServer_Error.png
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I currently have a cluster of 4 servers (Intel Xeon Gold 5220). I need to add another server to the cluster but I don't have EVC enabled and this host has an older chip (Intel Xeon Gold 5120).

I know I need to power off the VM's before enabling EVC but I also see that I might need to move my vcenter to another cluster and move the servers to that new cluster (https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/1013111)?

The article looks old and the versions only mention up to 6.0.x.  I currently use vSAN for this cluster but I have the vCenter on a local SSD on one of the hosts.

Am I able to enable EVC without having to add a new cluster?
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I am trying to track down what should be an obvious question, but one which seems to be ignored on the 'Net:

When you enable an application-consistent backup in VMware, it configures the VMware Tools component inside the guest operating system to take a VSS Snapshot, which then engages all of the active VSS Writers to ensure that all data write activity has been quiesced prior to the backup.  This is all the easy part.

Now for the hard part: What happens if the system administrator never sets up shadowcopy storage within the OS?  Or, more directly, do you need to configure the operating system's VSS storage (i.e. vssadmin list shadowstorage) in order for this to work?  I have seen references that VMware handles the snapshot duties, which would seem to imply that you do NOT need shadow storage configured.  However, I can also see where the VSS environment within the guest OS would depend on it, and it might refuse to allow a VSS snapshot to occur without storage being available.  Which is it???
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Upgrade VMWARE 5.5 to 6.5

I need to install 2019 Windows Server / Looks like upgrading the vm environment to get 2016 or later as an option.

I am assuming based on what I can tell it is a direct upgrade - ( 5.5 -> 6.5 )

Spin the cd - select upgrade - preserve the settings - ....

thanks
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Hi,

 I have ESXi with a few virtual machines.
 One day, the building lost electric power and this VMWare box was shut down at that time. Since then this computer failed to boot from external USB stick.
 So I created a bootable USB flash drive again, loaded ESXi, assigned the same IP address at the console, opened datastore, browse to the VM folder and right click on .vmx file and chose "add to inventory". By doing this, one of VMs came up just fine. But one of them did fail with the message "Unknown (invalid)".
 How can I fix this?

Thanks.
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I have a client that is using a Dell R720 with a MD1200 attached,  He just added another MD1200 and daisy chained it off the initial MD1200.  The server it is attached to is using VMWARE with three Datastores and 2 virtual servers.  When logging in and trying to expand the MD1200 it says there is no free disk space.
How can we get the VMWARE to see the new storage on the MD1200?
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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.