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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Hello guys.

I need to pull some servers down from Azure into an on-premise data center.

The enspoint platform in the datacenter will be VMware. In azure the wm´s are both windows and Linux.

I would like to use the VMware converter vis proxy becuse Azure and Datacenter will be linked via VPN or MPLS. Which seems to be most streight forward compared to that I can use Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer and download the VHD´s but still that will leave me with HyperV and and another job to convert into VMVare.

Suggestions please based on practical experience please :)
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We have a Dell PowerEdge T620 running VMware ESXi v5.5.0.  It has a single virtual disk containing 6 x 600GB SAS disks in a RAID-10 configuration, attached to the PERC H710 controller, which has 512MB cache and a battery .  We want to expand the array and so have already connected two more disks of the same size, which show up as "ready" in the iDRAC GUI.

We can use the GUI to add the new disks as dedicated hotspares, but there is no option to add the disks to the array to expand it.

We have installed the Dell "Perccli" VIB and can run perccli to administer the array.

How do we either use perccli or some other method to add the disks to the array and expand it?
Hello Experts - I'm working on a SAN upgrade and we're going all fiber to gain some performance.  In order to benefit from this, I need to add a dual port fiber NIC to each of my 3 ESX servers.  I have the hardware here and can physically install them but that's as far as my experience goes.  I'm familiar with how this would work on a Windows server but have no idea how to configure them so they show up in VMware.  Is there an article that details how this should be done that someone can point me to?
Need to Fetch Monthly Resource Utilization Report  for CPU,Memory,Disk,Network Utilization for My 3-5 Host and 20-35 VMS

Is there any Script /automation or free utility available to provide user friendly report -easy to understand report for management

Can we Automate the same on monthly basis
vSphere HA Agent on this Host[Esx 6.5] Could not Reach Isolation Address 10.X.X.X  ie Gateway IP

Raised with Network Team saying all fine from Network end while we are not able to ping anything except Host IP ,No result in traceroute too

Please assist for required action plan to fix the issue
I need assistance repairing my Windows 7 OS.

It is a VM I am accessing through VMware Workstation. I am receiving this error loading the OS: "No operating system found."

Can someone guide me through the steps on repairing the OS?

Thank you.
When I try to power on my vmware vm, I get error, "No operating system found".  Here's a screenshot of the file.  I can't find the correct file today suddenly.  Any assistance is appreciated.  When I click on the highlighted file, Windows does not find the SW to open it.
Thank you,
Running into an odd issues, I have a user that connects thru our Meraki VPN and when she try's to RDP to a server is getting the error "the system cannot contact a domain controller to service  the authentication request" but the issues doesn't happen all the time. When the issue does happen this user is still able to ping the server so they are still connected to the network via the VPN. Originally they kept telling me they were locked out and after a few weeks of telling them the account is not locked I finally received a screen shot of the real error, when this is happening they are a loss unable to login to VMware.

I am at a bit of a loss on what to look for, the servers are older versions of Windows Server OS (2008R2) but they never have the issue when on site. Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appriciated
Hello, I purchased VMware vSphere Essentials Kit for 3
hosts (Max 2 processors per host) +
Subscription for 3 Years

What does VMware mean by a "host"?

How many physical ESXI boxes can I create to run my VMs?

Thank you
When I try to upgrade a VMware host, the upgrade fails with "Cannot create a ramdisk of size 341MB to store the upgrade image. Check if the host has sufficient memory."
The host is a ProLiant DL360p Gen8.

The machine has 64 GB of RAM and all the guests are shut down.

This is what I have tried so far, based on Google:
  • Setting the host into maintenance mode
  • Rebooting the host
  • The ScratchConfig.ConfiguredScratchLocation is set to a local SSD, which has nearly 1 TB free.

What else can I try  please?
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I have a VMware virtual environment with 2 hosts running ESXi 6.

I am trying to add a 2nd NIC with a different IP range to my first NIC.

I assumed, after patching the NIC in, I would just need to create a 2nd vSwitch for the 2nd NIC & add the servers to this switch.

I am using vCenter Server to access my environment. When I am in Configure > Networking > Physical adaptors, it says the NIC is down even though I know it it patched in with access to the network.

Am I missing something? Do I need to do anything in ESXi for the other NIC's to work?
Dear Experts,

I have an ESXi 6.7 server.

Inside it I created a VM for WIn2016.

I have updated the server already and I want to do sysprep.

But how do I export the machine as an ova file?

I tried to export once, the ova file is downloadable but when it tried to download vmdisk-1, it became a network error.

Any GUI way to do as I do not want to use CLi.

The exporting option "export as OVF Template." is not available.
Hi Team,

Question around scheduling email report for VMWare Update Manager Compliance report.

I have configured SMTP in the vCenter, and configured Update Manager with baseline of last Critical patches downloaded.

How do I configure email notification for the compliance reporting? I don't see an Alarm for this purpose.

I'm having an issue with a Thecus n12000pro and would like to get an advice on the way to solve it.

My issue is that after some time the 10 HDD 10K raid 5 stop responding till I restarted the NAS.
I believe the error message appearing on the screen was that the nas failed to mount the volume which is strange because it was mounted and working just before ?
The issue has appeared when I configured the the storage to be used for replication and for active internal storage for a Server hosting VMs

The VMWare 6.5 Internal storage is done in ISCSI through a 10GB link on interface connected directly to the server on a 10GB card
The management of the NAS is done on a third interface through a 1GB link on interface

I tried to add 1TB of SSD cache in writeback mode but it didn't help. I thought that it was a IOPS issue but it doesn't seem the case.
The management is still available on the management interface and we can see that when the issue occur the network is unused on the 10GB interface even if it doesn't answer and the server is freezed due to that situation.
The firmware version is I could try to upgrade the firmware to but I'm not sure it would solve the issue.
Should I backup everything elsewhere and rebuild the whole configuration ? Should I buy another NAS ? Is this a simple configuration issue ?
As you see I need advice :-)

Any help or advice on how to solve this is welcome.

Thanks for …
Do anyone have a check list for server builds in VMware vsphere. I could do a google search as I am  having to do documentation and wanted to make sure I included everything start to finish like I.E vmtools, sysprep.etc.. one for windows 2012/2016/2019 and another for Linux redhat 6 or 7
I keep getting this message displayed

Memory Error

The Server is windows 2016 Datacenter running as a VM on ESXI 6.5  It is part of a DAG Exchange 2016 CU10

This pops up all the time.
I understand exchange 2016 grabs all the memory it needs  to process. I even tried to throttle the memory for exchange. no luck here.

Any way to suppress this ignoring display?
So we had a trouble last week with appliance hitting 99% in use - wound up making sso/identiy source go bonkers.

Well it seems it's right back there at 99% - i found vimtop CLi command ok to use but having trouble really seeing what's using all of the memory? any tips or tricks out there?

Hopefully by the end of the week all our hosts will be at 6.7U1. Starting to think about Tools upgrades. At least this first time, we
want to have complete control over when the upgrades are run. We have four possible times that a VM can be rebooted. I played
around with tags. This works well as I can easily search for VMs of a particular boot time. What I can't seem to get is how to apply
Update Manager to my search results. I am coming from 5.5 so going to 6.7 is culture shock. I feel I'm missing something very
obvious.. As always, any help is appreciated.

Hi Everyone

I have a Server 2016 Production File Server that needs patching (no databases just mainly video, Adobe CC and Office files). It's a virtual server (vSphere) with about 12TB of data on it.

Was wondering if you could please recommend any best practices to minimise the risk of issues after the updates?

It's too large to snapshot and I don't have the infrastructure to clone it to test updates because it's so large. I have a full tape backup of the server but would take a couple days at least to fully restore if anything went seriously wrong. The data's also replicated to a data centre so in worst case could connect to that over VPN.

Just going through documentation on updates (cumulative and service stack) to see if any issues. Guess there's the Windows update rollback function, but apart from that can't really think of any other precautions I can take?

Many Thanks
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Powershell help needed.
Wish to harden all my vm's on Esxi host. However there is one setting I need help with.
To remove all PCI devices on the vm's.
The vm advance setting would be some thing like ' passthru*present = false, but it doesn't like the wildcard.
There is a get-passthrough command, I tried :

Connect-VIServer -Server x.x.x.x -Protocol https -User root -Password xxxxxxxxx
$vms = Get-VM | where {$_.PowerState -eq "PoweredOff"}
foreach ($vm in $vms)
{Get-passthroughdevice -vm $vm | Remove-PassthroughDevice}

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But it returned error:
Get-passthroughdevice : 04/03/2019 11:23:28	Get-PassthroughDevice		Unable to cast object of type 'VMware.Vim.VirtualPCIPassthroughVmiopBackingInfo' to type 
At line:5 char:2
+ {Get-passthroughdevice -vm $vm | Remove-PassthroughDevice}
+  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (:) [Get-PassthroughDevice], VimException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Core_BaseCmdlet_UnknownError,VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Cmdlets.Commands.VirtualDevice.GetPassthroughDevice

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Enable EVC Mode without Downtime:

Hi here is the situation

VCenter Version and Build# = Version Build 6816762
Cluster 1:
3 Hosts ESXi 5.5.0, 1623387:   Cisco UCSC-C220-M3S
CPUs = Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2640 v2 @ 2.00GHz

I need to add 2 new hosts to this cluster:

Hosts: HP Proliant DL360p Gen8 (ESXi Not Yet Installed) was thinking they should be the same version as the cluster above for now?)
CPUs = Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2640 0 @ 2.50GHz

I was thinking i could just enable EVC Mode on Cluster 1 and add the hosts without a problem

Need your suggestions.  

Will that work??
What is the best way for Helpdesk Staff to remote on a VMware VDI Zero Clint session to support staff? We used dameware for pc, but not sure how this will work with VDI?
I have a VMWare Horizon environment where we have anywhere from 60-80 virtual desktops (via thin clients) online at any given time.  We are a small hospital so that is why we have so many more users than machines in use being a 24/7 facility.  I have 140 users in the environment and all of the virtual desktops are cloned from one Windows 10 Professional image that has all of the software we use installed on it.  If I have a power user that needs more than what our base image has (Adobe Creative Cloud for example), they get a PC desktop.  Very few of those.

I am looking to move on from Microsoft Office 2010, which is installed completely on the base image that is cloned for everyone by Horizon.  I want to purchase Office 365, specifically the Office Pro Plus 2019 package that has just the basic applications with no email plan or other non-essentials.  We will also not be extending Office to home users.  I plan to control access to launching Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc through Active Directory so I can tightly control my licensing.  I am guessing that about half of my 140 users actually need to be using full blown Office products.  I do not actually know how this AD setup works but the sales person said it was an option.  

So my question is this:  Since our base image will have Office Pro Plus 2019 installed, what will happen if a user that does NOT have access to use Office Pro Plus opens a Word or Excel document on the virtual desktop?  Is the system smart enough to …
Hi all!

I have a small business with one host local storage running Vmware essentials 5.5, the server is end of life, moving to new hardware running essentials 6.7, again, single host.
Don't have shared storage, but was thinking if I bring down the guests, I should be able to copy them over to the new VMFS partition on the new hosts and bring them up in 6.7 will that work?
Current CPUs are Xeon e5649x2 moving to Xeon Silver 4110 8/c x2 physical CPUs.

Does anyone see an issue with being able to bring down the guests, and bring them over cold and rebooting them on the new host, then adding them to the new Vcenter vm?  I was thinking of creating most likely one 6TB array can do either 1 or 2 VMFS partitions RAID 5 with hotspare. Thanks guys!!
  • IBM Power9/PowerVM LPARs
  • Intel x86_64/vSphere 6.7 VMs (using EFI)
  • SuSE Manager (SUMA) 3.2
  • SLES 15

I'm attempting to create a build infrastructure for both PPC LPARs and x86 VMs using a single SUMA.

By following the SuSE Documentation for Deploying SLES on Power, I am able to build SLES 15 on Power9/PowerVM LPARs.

My problem now is getting the same infrastructure to also build SLES 15 on x86_64/vSphere VMs.

I am able to build SLES 15 on the VMs using the ISOs - so there is nothing intrinsically wrong with the VMware environment. I also was able to produce an AutoYaST profile from an install.

The DHCP server on SUMA correctly identifies the VMs and assigns an IP address from the proper range, and also properly directs the VM to load the grub.efi file. Watching via WireShark, I see the VM successfully transfer the file using TFTP.

And then nothing happens.....

If I boot the VM into the boot selection screen and manually initiate the PXE boot via a network interface, it gets the file and cycles back to the boot selection screen. Lather, rinse, repeat. I never get a GRUB menu, the installer never starts, nothing.

Looking at the docs I linked above, there is some custom GRUB configuration and a special Cobbler …






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.