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 5.5 cluster on a physical vcenter. I also have a 6.5 VCSA with one existing 6.5 cluster.
The end goal is to have a new cluster on the VCSA housing the current 5.5 hosts and then upgrading
the 5.5 hosts to 6.5.

Is this process as simple as removing the 5.5 hosts from the physical vcenter, creating a new cluster
on the VCSA, dropping the 5.5 hosts into the new VCSA cluster then upgrading the hosts??

Windows 2012 R2 Data Center
VMWare ESXI 6.5

I built 4 Windows 2012 R2 Data Center VM Servers.

Two Running NLB IIS URL Rewrite etc.      2 Nodes

Two others are Web Servers IIS  

Why I do    which is the Virtual IP Address on the NLB Servers
I get the default web page on port 80     that works great

I have other web sites on different ports
When I try to access them I get  

This website could not be found.


On the NLB configuration I added port 9080  

How do I get to my other sites using the virtual ip address?

Happy new year

Thank you

Old SQL server had major melt-down with controller failing as well as 2 HD in the raid 5 array.  So, now we do not have SQL databases for our VMWare 5 environment, nor do we have a good backup (nearest backup file is 8 yrs old...).  How can I create new databases on my new SQL server and get my composer running again?  View composer will not start and gives event 1000 error, Error getting configuration info from the database.  My VMs are still running on my ESX servers OK for now...

I'd like an expert to confirm that I am able to reboot a VMware Horizon View vCenter appliance without affecting operations of the four hosts it manages or the 80 or so virtual desktops in use.

I am doing this in an attempt to troubleshoot logging in as root. There are 12 failed login attempts recorded. The password in the company's password safe is not working. I tried 5 or 6 times (a few different passwords after the one in the safe didn't work) and a colleague tried as well, thus getting us to 12 failed attempts. I am following the directions here https://www.sneaku.com/2015/06/12/vrealize-operations-manager-6-0-root-account-locked/ as this vCenter appliance is 6.0. Though not vRealize Operations, I suspect the steps are the same.

Further, I am trying to login as root in order to run a shell so I can check the VMware vCenter workflow manager service and also disk space as a new vm pool I created fails to power on any of the new VMs and gives an error stating a general system error occurred connection refused. Troubleshooting that error led me to the aforementioned service and disk space as possible issues but need a shell to get that info. I am not able to run shell as administrator (receive permission error after successfully logging into the appliance with the administrator account). Then, if it ends up being one of those causing the error, fixing it so I can power on these VMs.

Whew, anyway... thanks.

I'm upgrading a cluster of hosts to 6.5 and wondering if it would break anything if I rename the cluster to 6.5. At the moment its 5.5?

Its an easy process, just wondering if things like Veeam backup will stop working


I have a question regarding VEEAM Backup. We have many vSphere VMs which have terabytes of data. The typical backup strategy is to backup the VMs to disk and afterwards to tape as I know. We have enough space on the backup server to store the full backups but not for the incremental.

So I want to store the full backups on tape and afterwards delete it from the backup server. But VEEAM can not find the full backup anymore, so it starts a full backup instead of the incremenal. Is there a way to achieve what I want or are there any better strategies?

Any suggestions? Thank you in advance.


I have VMWare 5.5 and I have 3 Windows servers. Is possible to create a virtual disk and share it to all 3 servers?

For example I create 100 GB disk and add photos and pdf files. Can I link this disk to 3 different VM servers or  for this case I really need to create a shared folder in a Windows server?


Need to rescue 3 VM's running on a Problematic ESXi 5.1 host!

Here are the details of The Problematic Host:

Host = Cisco UCSC-C220-M3SBE Running ESXi 5.1, 1065491

Vcenter = NONE, This is a Standalone Host.  

Storage = Local Host Storage, File System=VMFS 5.58, Size=924.50 GB

VM's = 3 VM's Highly critical production VM's that cannot be shut down at all, Total size of used Space on the local storage is 548.29GB

ISSUE = Long story short, there is no way to fully diagnose the problematic host, and so the objective here is to either, move the VM's off the problematic Host and storage onto another host and storage, or just move the VM's to another Storage Device as quickly and non-disruptively as possible.

Here are my thoughts on this:  

Idea #1 I was thinking I could deploy a Vcenter 5.1 server either appliance or windows.   Then add the problematic host to vcenter.  And then add an NFS datastore and then storage vmotion the VM's across to the NFS Datastore.  

Idea # 2(Possibly Not as time consuming as Idea  #1), some how use something like Veeam or some other 3rd party solution.

Need your thoughts!!

Thanks for the HELP!


I have 3 x HP ProLiant DL360 Gen9 servers which ill be upgrading to ESXi 6.5, I also have a windows vCenter which I'll be upgrading to a 6.5 VCSA. They're currently on 5.5

My question is that I also have 1 x ProLiant DL380 G7 that needs upgrading as its running ESXi 5.5, can I upgrade it to 6.5 too?

I'm looking for some articles on memory, memory management for SQL server 2012, when in an ESX environment. I have found several , but they are for physical servers, or for SQL itself. I'm looking for recommendations for the ESX environment.

I'm upgrading 3 x ESXi hosts from 5.5. to  6.5, The hosts are Gen9 HP servers,

I'm going to be using the latest version of Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) to upgrade all the firmware.

Is there anything to be aware of or is it ok to just run the ISO from boot and automatically install the updates/upgrades

This is using Veritas NetBackup 8.1.1. There are 2 master servers in veritas cluster, 4 media servers, and 2 IBM 3580 lto4 6-drivers tape library. All these 4 media controllers have the control of these tape library drives. All these 2 masters, and 4 media are setup in SuSE 11 SP4. There are 2 more media servers setup in MS Windows 2008 server, and used as the proxy to conduct VMware snapshot backup.

We don't have access to those SuSE-based servers, and only have full access to the ms windows-based servers. In daily administration, we access to the NBU admin console on these 2 MS windows media server. Recently, from the activity monitor, we found that the media4 won't conduct any backups. Instead, all these backup jobs were found either "queue up" and eventually the backup jobs fails. The message being "Media server is currently not connected to master server".

On Activity Monitor > Daemons, we ever restarted the "spoold" and "ltid", but still problem resists. What would be the root cause? How to solve the problem?

Thanks in advance.
Configure Vmware Workstation Network on Windows

I have my PC WIFI  IP config:
Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::478:20bf:b2eb:588b%17
   IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

I have 2 windows VMs that I want to configure their IPs so that they can communicate between each other and to make them able to connect to Internet.

any help on that ?

Thank you
Can someone explain what these different GPU profiles mean? I have searched google for an hour with no results, and read through the GRID PDF documentation with no results. I have been able to gather that the number at the end is the gigabytes of RAM allocation, but what about the "q", "a", "b", etc...


I installed an nVidia Tesla P4 in our Proliant DL360, running ESXi 6.7, and installed the .VIB for 6.7. No errors during install. nVidia Grid license manager has also been installed with a valid license.

After rebooting the server, ESXi sees the graphics card in ESXi. The Graphics Devices tab shows the correct card:

But when I get to the step of adding it to a VM, I run into an issue. I go to Edit Settings for the VM then Add Shared PCI Device. It automatically populates the box with NVIDIA GRID vGPU, but in the next field I am required to choose a GPU Profile and no profile is available in the dropdown box.

How do I get the GPU Profiles to show up?
I have list of 2500 VMs, which is having low disk space issue. I need to resolve using any batch file or macro file. Can anybody help to solve the issue?
Dear Experts,

This server has two HDDs of 300GB each and a smart array controller P410i installed with VMware which our customer give to us.

The issue now is we want to clear the data from the 2x HDDs.

1. I have tried going into the array configuration page and change and remove the RAID.
2. Boot using Windows 20121 R2 DVD installer
3. Removed both HDDs and power on server
4. Used a USB thumb drive as an installer
5. Connect a USB DVD drive to run WIndows 2012 R2 installer
6. I am unable to use iLO2 as the virtual media license is required

All the above I tried and it does not work, the server just boots and goes back and run VMware.

I have ran out of ideas.
I'm looking to fix a server issue at a client site where the backup server has died and thus is in dire need to be replaced.
The current used configuration is VMWare 5.5 but an upgrade to VMware 6.5 will take place very soon.
The backup server VMWare host had usually the DRP storage attached and the replicas of the servers are stored in it.
The backup server was connected at the Storage with a 1GB link passing through  a Cisco SG500 switch.
There are about 10 Virtual Machines, including highly consuming ones like a SMB server and a SQL server

With the replacement server, I have two issues / Questions :
-  the replacement server has no storage  available locally and I don't see the point in adding it because the Thecus storage has already enough disk space with fast drives. Is it possible to use this disk space to run the servers ? I'm 98% sure but I like the 100% :-)
- The connection between the Thecus storage and the Fujitsu storage would need to be upgraded to 10GB to make sure the response time between the storage and the server is kept  at a correct level. Is it possible to connect the 10GB RJ45 port of the Thecus storage directly to the 10GB RJ45 port of the server to establish a fast connection between both of them ?
- If it's possible, I'd have in mind to put two IP manually on each network cards like on the server and on the Storage to configure the ISCSI adaptor on the VMWare Host.
- I'm also wondering about the DRP …

I have a file server that was created under ESX 5.1 (2TB datastore limit). Over time the drive grew
and two more datastores were added. Using Window (2k12) disk spanning, we have a singular drive
spanning three datastores.

In a few weeks we will move the VM to a 6.5.2 cluster and we want to do away with the spanning and
have a singular 10tb datastore. Can we use any native vmware methodologies such as cloning or
Converter to copy the three datastores to the larger datastore? Or do we have to do a drive to drive
copy within Windows.

MVMC Connection Option Screeb Warning on Summary ScreenConvertion Process Screen
 I am trying to convert Windows 2003 Server running virtual machine "FS1_W2003-recovered"  in VMWare ESXi server into Hyper-v virtual machine using Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter and have some questions:
 (1) In Connection option screen, I am not sure if the message means or applies to my situation?
 (2) In Connection option screen, why I can't select "On" for "Final state of source virtual machine"?
 (3) In Summary Screen, should I be concerned about the warnings (1. OS not supported  2. having one USB device) ?
(4) In Completion screen, I see "Uninstall tools" on the 3rd line. I assume it will uninstall VMWare tools? If so, why does it do that? Will it alter or harm existing VMWare VM in any shape or form?  This is where I CANCELLED the conversion because I was not sure what would happen to source VM.
How to add disk space to Thick provision eager zeroed in VMware? Right now it is greyed out, I tired to see if I shut down the server if I would be able to do it then and that is also not working.
I recently tried to check the status of a server which ties into VMWare.  It was showing errors and unable to connect to the VCenter server.   I logged onto the server and tried to connect to VCenter.  Explorer just gives me a certificate error and Firefox allows me to logon but I get the following message on top and it never populates any data.

Could not connect to one or more vCenter Server Systems

I have seen quite a few references to this issue on 5.5 but nothing I could find for 6.5

We are running VCenter 6.5 on a Windows 2012 R2. server
I have 3 VMWare ESXi 6.5 hosts clustered through VCSA and using a Veeam server with iSCSI NAS.

The problem is they are all currently located in our PC network/VLAN (even the iSCSI NAS although its using a completely different IP segment).

I would like to relocate all these interfaces into a different VLAN and VLAN off the iSCSI in an even more isolated network by itself.

The main question here is, "What is the process?".  There's a fair amount of documentation on doing any one of those things but little-to-no documentation on the combination package.

As many are aware, there's a, "which came first the chicken or the egg" with VMWare in that it will let you do many things but sometimes it REALLY wants them done in a specific order or you may have to start over from scratch on some components.

So ideally I would like to move the 3 hosts, VCSA and the Veeam server into our server network and move the NAS off into a separate isolated VLAN.

We're reasonably certain we'll have to redo the initiators for iSCSI but aside from that, most of this is clear as mud for the, "correct" method.
I removed a virtual disk and deleted its files from the disk but the flat file still remains in the data store!  What can i do to delete this file and recover the space on the data store?  ESXi 5.5
Hi Experts;
We are asked by our customer to look into VMWare Velocloud Deployment for SDWAN, can you please shine some light on:
1. Does it always need to have uCPE as the branch routers or can it work w/ Cisco routers?
2. Can we get some 95% Percentile traffic statistics from VEP4600 controller ?
3. Any other point that you point that you might want to highlight esp. about NFV..

Some documentation would be highly appreciated.







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.