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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 am re-building my Veeam serveur moving for 4.x to 9.5 and want to be sure and safe I'm doing the right thing,

A consultant put in place a few jobs but didn't seems that sure of the configs to put.
I want a full backup set out every friday and full on-site every nights (one to a NAS and one to a local USB drive)

My main job goes to a NAS.
As 20 restore points
"Configure secondary destinations for this job" is not check
It's a Incremental
"Enable application-aware processing" is checked
"Enable guest file indexing" is checked
runs daily

got a Weekly on F: drive
1 restore point
"Configure secondary destinations for this job" is not check
"Active full backup - Create active full backups periodically on Thursday"
This job I remove every Fridays and bring home and I rotate it using 8 hd
"Enable application-aware processing" is checked
"Enable guest file indexing" is not checked
Runs everyday at 8pm

And got a BackupCopy job called "backup on external drive"
Target is E: removable HD
31 restore points
Runs continuous

1- Is all configs efficient?
2- And is there anyway on the job "backup on external drive" I could bitlocker that drive when it is not in use.
I activated bitlocker but coudn't create a batch job that would decrypt before backup and re-crypt afterwards.

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Veeam is erroring on backups for a handful of VMs due to errors creating snapshots.  I have gone into vSphere and tried to manually create a snapshot and also receive an error.  VMware is saying "An error occurred while taking a snapshot: msg.fileio.generic." & "An error occurred while saving the snapshot: msg.fileio.generic."  We had some storage issues a few days ago where one of our datastores on an HP MSA ran out of space.  I added 200GB to the datastore to free up some room.

I guess my question is when creating a snapshot, I have one of the VMs that I checked and the vmdk is 100GB but the Datastore is showing 259.89GB free.  Is there a way to verify the freespace?  I have about 10 vms failing backups with the same errors and they all seem to be residing on the same Datastore.  Not sure where else to look to troubleshoot?

I have 5 ESXI hosts. All EXI Hosts can see/have connections to 2 HP fibre Sans and a few ISCSI SANS.
Each ESXI has an add on HP 8GB FC to PCI Express HBA Card.

one of the ESXI host had the system board replaced. When ESXI came back up, it had no problems seeing the ISCSI SANS. But it was unable to see the 2 HP fibre SAN. Looking at the storage adapters, Vsphere client shows "VMHBA1 fibre Channel unknown" while "VMAHBA2 Fibre Channel online"

I have rescan for hardware changes. I see no options to re-attached/mount storage back. How do I get the VMHBA2 to reconnect to the HP SAN? All the other ESXI hosts can see it.
I'm looking for some feedback or ideas on how to handle multiple HTTPS servers sharing same public IP behind a SonicWALL.

For example:

https://exchange.mydomain.com/owa = flows to Exchange server
https://application.mydomain.com/app = flows to application server

My client has an on-prem Exchange server.  I know from experience that you cannot just use a redirected port with Exchange because the server is constantly rewriting the URL (minus the modifications) making it inaccessible.  Exchange must use 443.

However, my client also wants to publish another site, on another IIS server on the same LAN as the Exchange server, behind the same Public IP, and is not keen on using a custom port.  The desire is to keep the URL as simple as possible for all the staff in the field.  This new IIS server will see a lot of traffic and is considered Mission Critical.

I know with the SonicWALL I could split the Internet connection, get a second Public IP from the ISP, therefore providing a second WAN interface.  That would solve the problem by presenting a second Public IP, but it would also have a negative effect on the available bandwidth for the first WAN connection.

There is absolutely no interest in moving Exchange to another port.  I'm not even sure that's entirely possible, but even if it is, Exchange is too well established where it is, and since it's already working I'd rather not tip over that apple cart regardless.

SonicWALL has a feature that I've seen called …

I am looking for a Flatbed scanner needed for VDI VMWare Horizon. Can anyone recommends one that works well?
Wondering how to combine output from get-vm and get-adcomputer into the same CSV.

I am doing a project where I need to update VMWare Tools, but only dev domain joined Windows servers.

I am hoping to combine the outputs from get-vm and get-adcomputer into a master list, and matches records based on "Name".

For example:

$ADServers = Get-ADComputer -Filter {(OperatingSystem -like "*windows*server*") -and (Enabled -eq "True")}
$VMs = get-vm

CSV includes $VMs.Name, $ADServers.Name, $ADServers.DistinguishedName, $VMs.PowerState

$ADServers.Name and $VMs.Name should match in theory, however not all VMS will be joined to the domain so $ADServers.Name and  $ADServers.DistinguishedName may be empty on some records.

Is this possible?.

String :-)

I inherited several Windows 7 VM's that are wasting a huge amount of disk space. My thought
was to use Converter to trim some fat. The conversion worked but the VM won't boot properly.
I'm in an infinite loop of Starting Windows/seeing a BSOD for a very-pico second/Windows Error
Recovery. All options in Windows Error Recovery send me back into the loop.

Any suggestions on where to start would be greatly appreciated.


I am running several VMware 5.5 hosts on OEM servers, with each using a MegaRAID LSI 9260-4i SATA RAID controller card with accompanying battery backup unit.   Hosts are managed by a VCenter 5.5  virtual server.  Drive configurations on each host are SATA drives paired in RAID-1 configurations.  I recently got an alarm sounding on one of the servers that 1 of the SATA drives had failed.  I installed the Avago StorCLI utility, and using a  SHOW HEALTH command saw that the state of the virtual drive was degraded, and that the failed drive was on the LSI controller's connector P1.  I shut the system down, pulled out the failed SATA drive, and replaced it with a same-size SATA drive.  On startup the controller card began to beep again, as it was still detecting the degraded virtual drive.  I hit CTRL-H to enter the LSI controller's WEB BIOS and went to add the replacement drive to the degraded virtual drive.  Unfortunately, I could not remove the failed drive from the original RAID-1 Drive Group 0, as it still showed the failed drive in the original mirror setup, as a MISSING PD.  As such I could not add the replacement drive into the original Drive Group 0.  When I tried to add the replacement drive into the Logical Drive setups, the interface created a new Drive Group 1 and wanted to add the new drive to that.  Ultimately I had to declare the new drive as a Global Hot Spare, and I then saw the system start  to rebuild the Drive Group 0 using the new hot spare …
Hello, i have a VM that shows this message, i can confirm C and D drive have enough space, this is vmware esx 6.0

Vm warning
Need to make sure our Standard vSwitches and Port groups are doing what we want them to for Vmotion.

We have 4 nics on each ESXi host.

On each Host 2 are 10g interfaces and 2 are 1g interfaces

Here is the 1st problem, We have Vmotion and Management on the same Vlan/subnet.  I know this is wrong but it is what it is in this environment and that's how its been since before me.  

If we need to change it, then we will.

For Vmotion Portgroup we want the 1G interface to be on Standby and the 10G interface to be active

So we currently have the following:

This is vSwitch0
Management Port Group on vswitch0

This is vSwitch1
Vmotion Portgroup on vSwitch1
Now I noticed that on Vswitch0 we have the vnic teaming set to Vmnic2(10G) to Active and vmnic0(1G) to Standby.  But on Management Port Group we have an Override set to have Vnic2(10G) to Standby and Vnic0(1G) to Active.  So we are not using the 10G interface as active on management.  

On vSwitch1 and Vmotion portgroup, they are set the same.  So it looks as though Vmotion will use Vmnic3(10G) for vmotion right?  But we see the traffic on solarwinds and it caps at 1Gb so something is wrong.

I think we may just have to change the nic teaming on the Management Portgroup on vSwitch0 to have vmnic0(1G) as…
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So I have no ability to boot from UEFI on a Proliant ML350 Gen8 which makes my 8 2tb drives useless in a raid 10... The 2tb limit comes into effect. I tried ESXI but could not get that to work either.. Any ideas?

This is how this new environment ive just acquired last month has all their storage setup.

They are using all THICK LUNS at the Array/Block level,  and THIN at the VMware level.

Is this a good idea?  best practices?  

I would like to hear your thoughts

Here is our SAN and VMware environment details:

SAN = all Fibre chanel EMC Unity550F's  All Flash SAS Flash 4

VMware= Vcenter 6.5 10000 Build 6816762
Esxi hosts = 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, and 6.5

The EMC Unity550F's have capability  profiles for VVols but we are not using them.

I am having an issue with VMWare workstation 15.0.2 (build-10952284)

What happens is when I run guests sometimes the host freezes for 45 minutes - cant use the mouse or anything.

However the host machine can be pinged - so at some level it is responding.

After this time it comes back to life as if nothing happend after about 45 minutes.

My host is running the latest version of Windows 10 Pro and it has 64 GB of Ram.

I have checked that I am running the latest Windows 10 upadtes. BTW the freeze only happens when I am
running VMWare with guests running. If VMWare is not running then I have no machine issues.

Any suggestions on how to resolve.


I create VMs to a esxi and i would like to use on of the VM is the Domain controller and join the other VMs the domain.
I add the roles of active directory,DHCP,DNS to the domain controller vm.

The problem is that when i tried to join the domain from other VM then i receive the error:
Note: This information is intended for a network administrator.  If you are not your network's administrator, notify the administrator that you received this information, which has been recorded in the file C:\Windows\debug\dcdiag.txt.

The following error occurred when DNS was queried for the service location (SRV) resource record used to locate an Active Directory Domain Controller (AD DC) for domain "test.local":

The error was: "This operation returned because the timeout period expired."
(error code 0x000005B4 ERROR_TIMEOUT)

The query was for the SRV record for _ldap._tcp.dc._msdcs.test.local

The DNS servers used by this computer for name resolution are not responding. This computer is configured to use DNS servers with the following IP addresses:

(no addresses found)
Verify that this computer is connected to the network, that these are the correct DNS server IP addresses, and that at least one of the DNS servers is running.

Also the vswitch topology is presented to the attached.vswitch.png
What is the problem ?
I'm trying to determine where my bottleneck is as I'm seeing some very poor performance when doing a Storage vMotion migration (migrating VM's to a different host and datastore)

My Vmotion IP subnet is the same as my Management Subnet.( Esxi host management IP subnet on the same subnet as Vmotion)  Is this what is causing the problem?  It is the way this environment was setup before I got here.  Normally I would always separate the Vmotion vlan from the management vlan but that is the way it is here.  

Anyway Is here is my setup

Vcenter 6.5 u1b Build 6816762

Esxi hosts are mixed 5.0, 5.5 and 6.5

Is there a good tool to use to discover the bottleneck?  

I was googling and found iPerf that comes with Esxi 6.5 but ive never used it before.  

Any suggestions?  I really want to improve the storage vmotion performance

Riverbed SteelHead configuration Issues - as Luns are degraded due space made full by multiple snapshots

I am new to Riverbed support
Here is Config i have
Appliance Details
Model:      EX1260 (EX1260VH_4)-Revision-A
SteelHead EX:      4.1.0 #8 x86_64
RiOS:      9.1.0-ex #8 x86_64
Storage Edge:      4.1.0 #8 x86_64

Would need experts help to fix below given errors..
ACTION REQUIRED: Free space on the cache disk is low. Please make sure your WAN link is up and the commit rate is more than the write rate. If free space falls further, Edge will begin deactivating LUNs. ;
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED: Deactivating LUNs: Free space on the cache disk is very low. High-traffic LUNs have been deactivated to prevent service disruption. Please make sure your WAN link is up and the commit rate is more than the write rate.

Link state -disabled
Optimization Service - Internal Error      Critical
Error committing a snap to SteelFusion Core due to: Resource temporarily unavailable-Degraded
SteelFusion Core
Connection between SteelFusion Edge and SteelFusion Core for one or more LUNs is down
Please see the SteelFusion Edge Storage page.
Uncommitted Edge Data      Degraded

Storage team increased space @LUN end which is not increased actually as not reaching to riverbed steelhead because they can see
ISCSI Server port for both riverbed appliances is down

Please help to make it up  so that space can be increased @datastore end too

Dear Experts,

I have the following setup:
- ESXi-01 6.5 host with 4 VMs on it; and this ESXi also has VCSA 6.5 deployed
- ESXi-02 6.5 host, hopefully be the replica for ESXi-01 so that when I need to patch the VMs, everything is still up and running..

Could this be done and how please? Thanks!
Looking for Online /authorized Compliance Checker for my  vSphere Environment  5.x and 6.x - vCenter and Esxi Host
vSphere Hardening Guidelines for 5.x and 6.x - for my vCenter and Esxi Host
Any Tool from VMware we can use to scan and fix the vulnerabilities ?
We are looking to create service account with no expiry in vCenter 6.x , it will be used only for scheduled job
  1. Can we have local account ? or if domain account is required ? to configure as service account
  2. Please share the best practice and steps to configure the same
  3. Can we configure the existing local/domain account individually or if expiry is set at group level
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Unable to pair Array in VMware SRM 5.1.3 installed on Windows 2008 R2.

The SRM log is showing the following-

2018-12-04T15:57:47.660Z [10708 verbose 'HbrProvider'] Dr::Replication::HbrProviderImpl::SetRemoteInfoFailed: Unable to get remote HMS server info, error=
--> (dr.hbrProvider.fault.HmsServerNotFound)

I am not sure what is HMS server and how to resolve this issue. Appreciate your help at the earliest.
Cant install VMware Update Manager for Windows on vcenter 6.5 running on Server 2008 R2.

Ok I am having real trouble installing VMware Update Manager

I have Vcenter running on a Server 2008 R2 Server.

I get the following messages when trying to install VUM
Ok so no problem I went to the update link and it takes me to Microsoft website and gives me the exact update I need to install to work around this issue

But when I go to install this update, I get this!

So I am trying to see if maybe Microsoft's website is giving me the wrong link for server 2008 R2 to install this update.  In the meantime I am searching google to see if I can find the right update for My system.

need help!
i use thinapp to capture office 2013 into portable software, but i don’t know how to activate it by kmspico or kms tools executable

Dear Team,

   Can you please guide how can we install Vcenter on a HDD which meant to be used for VSAN and later when we configure Disk Group for VSAN the HDD must be added without any issue. I heard this possible in VmWare Version 6.7
The esxi is on UFM flash Disk (64 GB) which doesn't have space.

The VMWARE version is 6.7.
I am trying to add a VMware ESXi 6.5 host with 3 virtual machines to our network and I am having an issue with the routing.  

The network is divided up into several vLans.   the two I am using are vlan100 for servers and vlan200 for desktops.   There is route between vLan100 and vLan200.  Machines on one can see machines on the other.  

We are using layer 2 switches and a layer 3 router.

vLan 100 is configured with port 1 tagged and attached to the router.   Ports 2-24 are untagged.   PVID is set to 100 on all ports
vLan 200 is configued with port 25 tagged and attached to the router.  Ports 26-48 are untagged.  PVID is set to 200 on all ports
Routes have been added to the router to pass traffic between vLan100 and vLan200

Workstations are all connected to vLan 200 and our servers are connected to vLan100.   Using all physical machines i have no issues and everything works fine.   I wanted to add a VMware ESXi server on which I have configured 3 servers.   I attached it to port 15 and as able to ping it from computers connected to vLan100 but not from vLan200.   I tagged port 15 and added vLan100 to the ESXi host with the same results.  

How do I get the workstations on vLan200 to communicate the virtual machines on my ESXi host?Network layout summaryESXi vswitch Layout
options to use when Disk Consolidation does not work

I have reading about the options that might resolved  Disk Consolidation issues and some of them are here:

1 - Create a new snapshot and remove it, this might complete the consolidation

2 - vMotion the VM to another host and try to consolidate again

3 - Restart the management agents on the host where the VM is running and try to consolidate again

4 - Restart the Backup Services (one of the backup  services might be locking the snapshot files, preventing them from consolidating)

5- Shutdown the VM, try to consolidate again

Regarding Option 3, I would like to know what would be the impact when your restart the management agents on the host. will this migrate the VMs to another host with no issue ?

if you have other options that can fix Disk Consolidation issue, please provide the options.

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.