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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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How to Install VMware Tools in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 (RHEL 6.4) Step-by-Step Tutorial
How to Install VMware Tools in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 (RHEL 6.4) Step-by-Step Tutorial
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How to install and configure VMware ESXi 6.0
In this video tutorial I show you the main steps to install and configure  a VMware ESXi6.0 server.
The video has my comments as text on the screen and you can pause anytime when needed.
Hope this will be helpful.

1. Verify that your hardware and BIOS settings support virtualization.

Make sure your computer is properly configured for virtualization as explained here.

2. Boot from Installer media

Insert the bootable media and boot the server from it.

3. EULA

Accept End User License Agreement.

4. Verify storage configuration

If you use RAID, you must configure it before you start this installation.

5. Enter your root password

This is a very important safety element and should be at least 7 characters long.

6. Proceed with the actual installation

In this stage the installer software will start to copy all files to the server's storage.

7. Reboot

Once all files has been copied to the server you will need to reboot. You will have to remove the installer media or modify the boot sequence to start from the server local storage first.

8. Boot from ESXi Server

The ESXi 6.0 Operating System will load, and you will be able to see the Online screen.

9. Logon with the root credentials

Logon with root privileges to modify the configuration of Management Network interface.

10. Configure a static IP address

It is better to use a static IP address for the host. Make sure it is unused to avoid an IP addresses conflict.

11. Configure local host name and DNS

You can specify a FQDN name for this host. Also you can define a custom DNS suffix for local DNS queries.

12. Access the web interface and download the VMware Client for better management

You must download and install the VMware Client for this version of ESXi to manage this host, or use VMware VCenter.
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Great , i like the "comments as text on the screen" , good job on the video !
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Boot From ISO Image in VMWare
This video shows you how easy it is to boot from ISO images for virtual machines with the ISO images stored on a local datastore on the ESXi host.
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Connecting to VMWare ESXi Server
This video shows you how to use a vSphere client to connect to your ESX host as the root user.
Demonstrates the basic connection of bypassing certification set up.
Demonstrates how to access the traditional view to begin managing your virtual machines on the ESXi host.
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Configuring VMWare vSphere ESXi 5.1 Server
This Micro Tutorial steps you through the configuration steps to configure your ESXi host Management Network settings and test the management network, ensure the host is recognized by the DNS Server, configure a new password, and the troubleshooting options menu which will enable ESXi shell access, or SSH access to be able to remotely connect directly to the ESXi host for remote troubleshooting.
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Installing VMware vSphere ESXi 5.1
This Micro Tutorial walks you through using a remote console to access a server and install ESXi 5.1. This example is showing remote access and installation using a Dell server. The hypervisor is the very first component of your virtual infrastructure, which is why it's the first thing to do. In order to determine if you have a server that is on VMware's Hardware Compatibility list, please see their searchable guide here.
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Configuring Backup Exec 2012 for VMware Image Level Backups
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to enable the VMware\Hyper-V licensed feature of Backup Exec 2012. In addition, how to add a VMware server and configure a backup job.

1. The first step is to acquire the necessary license to enable this feature

2. Click the Backup Exec symbol in the upper left corner of the screen to launch the settings window. Then go to Installations and Licensing, and Install Options and Licenses on this Backup Exec Server.

3. On the licenses page, enter the purchased serial number and click Add (warning, not adding a serial number will enable a trial for 60 days), and click Next

4. On the options screen, locate and check the box for Agent for VMware and Hyper-V, and click Next

5. Select any additional languages other than English if desired, and select Next

6. Review the installation summary and look for any errors that will prevent the installation of the product. If everything is correct, click Install. The installation takes approximately 10 minutes.

7. Once the installation is completed, select Backup and Restore at the top of the home page and select Add VMware Server

8. Enter the name or IP address of the ESXi server and provide an optional description if desires, then select Next

9. On the system logon account, select either the root name or service account for the ESXi server. If you do not see it, then select Add/Edit and add the account. Then select Finish.

10. Double-click on the new server, and then click Test\Edit Credentials in the tool bar to verify the account can properly access the server

11. To add the first backup job, select Backup from the menu bar. The Backup to Disk (or to the other destination of choice).

12. Enter the desired name for the backup job. Click Edit under the job properties and remove the incremental backup. VMware image backups should only be full backup jobs.

13. If the selection of certain virtual machines is desires, then click Edit on server side of the backup job and uncheck any unneeded machines. Once the job has been configured as desired, click OK

14. Perform an initial test backup by selecting the newly created job and then choosing Run Next Backup Job Now from the tool bar

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Collect Performance Metrics from ESXi Hosts with esxtop
Advanced tutorial on how to run the esxtop command to capture a batch file in csv format in order to export the file and use it for performance analysis. He demonstrates how to download the file using a vSphere web client (or vSphere client) and export to a Windows VM where you can use perfmon to review the data, in this tutorial Brian focuses on the memory metrics. He demonstrates the report option that gives you the values in an easy to read format.

1. Enable SSH on ESXi host and use putty to connect to it

Login using your root username and password

2. Run esxtop in batch mode

The command is as follows:
esxtop -b -d 2 -n 60 > esxoutput.csv

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"b" instructs esxtop to run in batch mode. "d" is the delay between iteration captures and "n" is the number of iterations, so in this tutorial we will grab statistics every two seconds, 60 times. This means we should have 120 data points in the file. The final section of the command defines the output file.
Enter will run the command and it will take 2 minutes to complete based on our iteration settings.

3. Confirm the output file was created

The following command will verify we have a valid file with data in it:
ls -l esxout*

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You should see the esxoutput.csv file returned with a filesize.

4. Export the output off of ESXi host

You can use WinSCP or other utilities.
In our case, we will copy it to a VMFS datastore by using the following command:
cp esxoutput.csv /[your_volume_location/]

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Then switch to the datastore location and confirm the file copied successfully.

5. Open vSphere Web Client and download the esxtop output file from the VMFS datastore

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Manage Active Directory Integration for ESXi Hosts
Teach the user how to join ESXi hosts to Active Directory domains

1. Open vSphere Client

2. Join ESXi host to AD domain

3. Verify ESXi computer account in AD

4. Configure permissions for domain user in ESXi

5. Test domain user login to ESXi host

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Login to VC- Select Host-then in Right Pane select configuration TAB-Go to Authentication Services(Software) -Properties[right corner top tab] -Select Directory service type, and give ur domain name to add !! -next next done.

By default ESX Admin group form AD[if exist  in AD, else create this group or replace entry in advanced setting-config] is part of root cred. @Host.
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Install and Configure vSphere Dump Collector and vSphere Syslog Collector
Teach the user how to install log collectors and how to configure ESXi 5.5 for remote logging

1. Open console session and mount vCenter Server installer

2. Install vSphere Core Dump Collector

3. Install vSphere Syslog Collector

4. Open vSphere Client

5. Configure advanced settings for remote syslogging

6. Open putty session to ESXi host

7. Configure remote core dump with esxcli commands

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On Demand Webinar: Networking for the Cloud Era
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Generate vCenter Server and ESXi Host Log Bundles
Teach the user how to use create log bundles for vCenter Server or ESXi hosts

1. Open vSphere Web Client

2. Generate vCenter Server and ESXi host log bundle

3. Open vCenter Server Appliance Web Management interface and generate log bundle

4. Open vCenter Server on Windows console and generate log bundle on Windows desktop

5. Open vSphere Client and generate log bundle for ESXi host

6. Open ssh session to ESXi host and generate log bundle from command line interface

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Configuring VMware Fault Tolerance (FT)
Teach the user how to configure vSphere clusters to support the VMware FT feature

1. Open vSphere Web Client

2. Verify vSphere HA is enabled

3. Verify netowrking for vMotion and FT Logging is in place or create it

4. Turn On FT for a virtual machine

5. Verify that FT is running a secondary VM for the protected virtual machine

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Advanced .VMX File Configuration
Teach the user how to edit .vmx files to add advanced configuration options

1. Open vSphere Web Client

2. Edit Settings for a VM

3. Choose VM Options -> Advanced

4. Add Configuration Parameters

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VMFS Datastore Operations
Teach the user how to rename, unmount, delete and upgrade VMFS datastores.

1. Open vSphere Web Client

2. Rename VMFS and NFS datastores

3. Upgrade VMFS-3 volume to VMFS-5

4. Unmount VMFS datastore

5. Delete a VMFS datastore

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Configure ESXi Host Networking
Teach the user how to configure ESXi networking to separate VM and management traffic on to different virtual switches

1. Connect to ESXi host with the vSphere Client

2. Re-configure vSwitch0

3. Create vSwitch1

4. Verify VM network labels

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Create vCenter Server Inventory Objects and add ESXi hosts to vCenter Server Inventory
Teach the user how to create vCenter Server inventory objects and how to add ESXi hosts to inventory

1. Open vSphere Web Client

2. Create new Datacenter inventory object

3. Create new Cluster inventory object

4. Add ESXi host to new cluster

5. Show how folders can be used to organize inventory objects

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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.