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"esxupdate -l query" Output Shows Missing Package

DetailsThe esxupdate -l query command returns the following package as missing:Missing packages:VMware-esx-debug-tools-3.0.1-34176SolutionThis is a benign message, which can be safely ignored. The RPM...

"No such device errors" in /var/log/messages.l when booting ESX Server 3.5 and later

DetailsUpon booting hosts with ESX Server 3.5 and later versions, error messages similar to the following are seen in /var/log/messages.l:Aug 3 20:05:21 myserv-222 kernel: ppdev: user-space parallel port driverAug 3 20:05:21 myserv-222...

Adding an ESXi Host into vCenter Server fails with the error: Cannot install the vCenter agent service. Not enough space to install agent

SymptomsAdding an ESXi 4.x host into vCenter Server 4.x fails.You see the error:Cannot install the vCenter agent service. Not enough space to install agent. This message appears in a pop-up window...

Adding an ESXi host to vCenter Server fails with the error: Host cannot be added to the vCenter as there are not enough Virtual Center Agent Licenses

ResolutionIf an ESXi host is licensed with the free version of the license key, you cannot add it to vCenter Server. This license does not contain the VirtualCenter Agent, which is necessary to manage...

Adding or connecting an ESXi 4.1 host to vCenter Server fails with the error: Permission to perform this operation was denied

SymptomsAfter upgrading from ESXi 4.0 to 4.1, you experience these symptoms:Unable to add the ESXi 4.1 host to vCenter Server 4.1Adding or connecting the host to vCenter Server failsYou see the error:Permission to perform this...

Adding third-party device drivers to ESXi 4.1

DetailsIn some cases you might not be able to install and boot ESXi because your hardware requires device drivers that are not contained in the ESXi installation media.To enable you to customize your ESXi 4.1 image to include drivers...

After an ESX/ESXi installation, upgrade, or reinstall, SAN LUNs are damaged

SymptomsAfter completing an ESX/ESXi installation, reinstall, or upgrade you are unable to see or attach to LUNs.LUN is showing that it contains Linux style partitions.This issue occur after you successfully completed an...

After migrating a virtual machine from ESX 2.5.x to 3.0.2, adding another disk file fails

DetailsAfter migrating a virtual machine from ESX 2.5.x to 3.0.2, adding another disk file to the virtual machine failsYou see the error:Error msg: incompatible device backing specified for device 0The hostd log contains...

Applying ESXi 5.0 Update 1 host profile to 5.0 host fails with the error: A general system error occurred

SymptomsAfter applying a host profile from an ESXi 5.0 Update 1 host to an ESXi 5.0 host, you see the error:A general system error occurredIn the vpxa.log file, you see an error similar to:2012-04-03T12:51:02.024Z [3B89DB90...

Attempting to reconnect an ESXi host that appears as Disconnected in vCenter Server fails with the error: Timed waiting for vpxa to start

SymptomsThe ESXi host appears as disconnected in vCenter ServerAttempting to reconnect the host failsYou see the error:A general system error occured: Timed waiting for vpxa to startCauseThis issue occurs if one or more virtual machines...

Auditing ESXi Shell logins and commands in ESXi 5.x

PurposeESXi maintains a history of all commands entered in the ESXi Shell. This shell command history is maintained in the shell.log file. Within the transcription of commands, the command issuer is identified only by the...

Auditing ESXi Shell logins and commands in ESXi 5.x

PurposeESXi maintains a history of all commands entered in the ESXi Shell. This shell command history is maintained in the shell.logfile. Within the transcription of commands, the command issuer is identified only by the process or...

Authentication from IBM Director Server Console to Director Agent Fails With the "Target System Is Not Currently Available" Error

DetailsAfter the IBM Director agent and server installation, the hostname/IP address of the agent is added to the IBM Director console. This step succeeds, and an entry with the agent name appears in the console. At this point,...

Automatically connecting USB devices at virtual machine power on

DetailsHow do I configure a particular USB device to automatically connect to a virtual machine at power on? SolutionThis article describes a workaround that lets you automatically connect a USB device if you don't have access to...

Automating VMware Tools upgrade in vCenter Server 4.0

PurposeThis article provides information about and steps for automating the VMware Tools upgrade in vCenter Server 4.0.ResolutionThe following are required for automatic upgrades:Virtual machines must have a version of VMware Tools...

Backing up the vCenter Server database running on Microsoft SQL or SQL Express server

PurposeThis article provides steps to backup the vCenter Server database running on Microsoft SQL or SQL Express server as a regular maintenance task.ResolutionTo back up the vCenter Server database:Download and...

Backup or Restore Jobs Fail when ESX Server Firewall Enabled

DetailsI enabled a supported backup service in ESX Server firewall and tried to create a BackupExec Section of the client server in a virtual machine.  The server was not able to connect to the client to select the backup...

Best practices for VMware ESX or ESXi when scheduling SAN downtime

DetailsThis article provides best practice procedures for VMware ESX or ESXi when scheduling downtime for connected SAN storage.SolutionWhen physically moving an array with running virtual machines, follow this best practice...

Boot Process Stops After Upgrading ESX Server 3i to a Newer Version

DetailsAfter upgrading a system from ESX Server 3i to a newer version, the boot loader displays the following message during boot: PANIC: Cannot open state.tgz After this message is displayed, the boot process stops. ESX Server...

Booting ESXi with Software FCoE

PurposeThis article provides an overview of Booting ESXi with Software FCoE. Note: For more information, see the vSphere Storage Guide. This guide contains definitive information. If there is a discrepancy between the...

Cannot connect SQL Management Studio Express to the vCenter Server database instance

SymptomsUnable to connect SQL Management Studio Express to the vCenter Server databaseConnecting SQL Management Studio Express to the vCenter Server database failsYou see the error:A network-related or instance-specific error occurred...

Cannot license your ESX host or connect ESX host to vCenter Server after converting a vSphere license from Enterprise or Enterprise Plus to a lower edition

SymptomsIf you convert your vSphere licensing model from Enterprise or Enterprise Plus to a lower edition, you may experience these symptoms:You cannot license your ESX 4.0 host.When you try to license your ESX 4.0 host, you see the...

Capturing a network trace in ESXi using Tech Support Mode or ESXi Shell

PurposeThis article provides information on capturing network traces in ESXi 4.0 Update 1, ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5.x. You may want to capture the network traces to investigate network problems. ResolutionTo capture the network traces in...

Changing an ESXi or ESX host's connection status in vCenter Server

PurposeFor troubleshooting and maintenance purposes, it may be necessary to change the connection status of an ESXi or ESX host from within vCenter Server.  This...

Changing the CIM host configuration variables in ESX/ESXi 4.0

DetailsYou can use the vSphere Client to enable or disable the Common Information Model (CIM) service and CIM providers. You can also set the CIM watchdog polling interval by configuring Advanced Settings variables for the...

Changing the default log location for vCenter Server

PurposeThis article provides steps to change the default log location for vCenter Server 4.1ResolutionTo change the default log location from C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware...

Changing the log location of vCenter Server 4.0 Tomcat services

PurposeThis article provides steps to change the location of sms.log, vws.log, and cim-diag.log to another datastore or folder.ResolutionThe vCenter Server plugins process vim.logdir, which...

Changing the MAC address of a hosted virtual machine

DetailsThis article provides best practices and reasons for changing the MAC address of a hosted virtual machine.For an ESX/ESXi virtual machine, see Setting a static MAC address for a virtual NIC (219).For a Fusion virtual machine,...

Changing the port used by SSH on an ESXi 5.0 host

PurposeSome environments have requirements for the ports utilized by a particular service. This method provides a workaround to allow ESXi 5.x to use a different port for SSH.ResolutionWhen making modifications, they...

Checking the status of vCenter Server performance rollup jobs

PurposeThis article provides steps to check the status of the vCenter Server performance rollup jobs. You may want to check the status of the vCenter Server performance rollup jobs if:After certain tasks, such as maintenance or...

Cleaning up after an incomplete deinstallation on a Windows host

DetailsUninstalling a VMware product from a Windows host fails.Uninstalling a VMware product from a Windows host appears successful, but you cannot reinstall it on the same host.Installing a VMware product produces an error or fails on a...

Collecting diagnostic information for VMware products

PurposeVMware technicians request diagnostic information from you when a support request is addressed. This diagnostic information contains product specific logs and configuration files from the host on which the product is run. This...

Collecting diagnostic information for VMware vCenter Server and ESX/ESXi using the vSphere PowerCLI

PurposeVMware Technical Support routinely requests the diagnostic information from you when a support request is addressed. This diagnostic information contains product specific logs and configuration files from the host on...

Commands to monitor snapshot deletion in ESX 2.5/3.x/4.x and ESXi 4.1.x/5.0

SymptomsCannot observe the progress when deleting a snapshot.It is difficult to determine status of snapshot deletion.The hostd process does not respond.Storage vMotion operation stays at 18% for a long time.PurposeThis article provides...

Configuration maximums for NIC ports on ESXi/ESX 4.x and ESXi 5.x

SolutionVMware Tested Maximum ConfigurationVMware limit testing is performed with these settings:1500-byte MTU (no jumbo frames)The default number of queues for the NICThese are maximums tested by VMware on systems with all NICs in a...

Configuring a legacy license server to manage ESX/ESXi 3.x hosts in vCenter Server

PurposeThis article provides steps for configuring a legacy license server.If you intend to use one or more ESX/ESXi 3.x hosts in your vSphere environment, you must use a legacy VMware License Server to license those hosts.ResolutionYou...

Configuring advanced options for ESX/ESXi

PurposeVMware ESX and ESXi provide advanced configuration options that affect the behavior of various components. This article provides steps to review and set new advanced configuration options using several methods. VMware...

Configuring an ESX host for Lab Manager agent installation

SymptomsInstallation or upgrade of the Lab Manager agent fails or Prepare host fails.Preparing host fails with the following error:The remote server returned an error: (407) Proxy Authentication RequiredAdding a template or...

Configuring an ESX or ESXi host to display FQDN instead of IP address in vCenter without losing performance data

PurposeThis article provides steps for displaying an ESX or ESXi host's Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) instead of its IP address in the vCenter Inventory without losing performance data for the ESX host while making the...

Configuring an ESX or ESXi host to display FQDN instead of IP address in vCenter without losing performance data

PurposeThis article provides steps for displaying an ESX or ESXi host's Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) instead of its IP address in the vCenter Inventory without losing performance data for the ESX host while making the...

Configuring an ESXi 5.x host to capture a VMkernel coredump from a purple diagnostic screen via the Network Dump Collector

PurposeThis article provides methods for configuring the network coredump feature in vSphere ESXi 5.x. For more information on the network coredump functionality, see Network Dump Collector in VMware vSphere (1032051). For more...

Configuring CA signed certificates for ESXi 5.0 hosts

PurposeThis article guides you through the configuration of Certificate Authority (CA) certificates for a ESXi 5 host. The instructions provided help you to:eliminate common causes for problems during certificate implementation,...

Configuring Centralized and Host based Environment for vSphere Client 4.x and vCenter Server 4.x

PurposeThis article provides steps to centrally manage ESX 3.x, ESXi 3.5, and ESX 4.x hosts using vCenter Server 4.x.ResolutionTo add a vCenter Server 4.x license:Click Administration.Choose vCenter Server...

Configuring Coraid EtherDrive SAN appliances and deploying with ESXi 5.x (Partner Support)

DetailsThis article provides information about Partner Support for configuring Coraid EtherDrive SAN appliances and deploying with ESXi 5.x. Note: The Partner Verified and Supported Products (PVSP) policy implies that the...

Configuring IPv6 on ESX 4.0.x

PurposeThis article provides steps to configure IPv6 on ESX 4.0.ResolutionSupporting IPv6ESXESX 3.5 supports virtual machines configured for IPv6.ESX 4.0 supports IPv6 with the following restrictions:IPv6 Storage (software...

Configuring LSI® Nytro™ WarpDrive™ Application Acceleration Card and deploying with VMware® ESX/ESXi 4.x (Partner Verified and Support)

PurposeThis article provides information about LSI support for configuring the LSI WarpDrive SLP-300 acceleration card with ESX/ESXi 4.1. When other LSI Host Bus Adapters become available, they will be described here also.Note: The...

Configuring syslog logging for hostd and vpxa management agents on ESX/ESXi

PurposeThe hostd and vpxa management agents on VMware ESX/ESXi 3.5–4.1can be configured to direct their logs to the local syslog daemon in addition to their own local logging in the /var/log/vmware/ directory.Caution: The...

Configuring syslog on ESXi 5.0

PurposeVMware vSphere ESXi 5.0 hosts run a syslog service (vmsyslogd) that provides a standard mechanism for logging messages from the VMkernel and other system components. By default in ESXi, these logs are placed on a local scratch...

Configuring syslog on ESXi 5.0

PurposeVMware vSphere ESXi 5.0 hosts run a syslog service (vmsyslogd) that provides a standard mechanism for logging messages from the VMkernel and other system components. By default in ESXi, these logs are placed on a local scratch...

Configuring the ESX host firewall for SSH

PurposeThis document guides you through configuring the ESX host firewall for SSH access.ResolutionTo ensure that the SSH service is enabled in the ESX host firewall through the VMware Infrastructure/vSphere Client:Log in to...

Configuring the Fusion-io ioDrive and ioDrive Duo on ESX 4.x (Partner Verified and Support)

DetailsThis article provides information about Partner Verified Support for configuring Fusion-io ioDrive devices with ESX 4.x and ESXi 4.1.Note: The Partner Verified and Supported Products (PVSP) policy implies that the solution is not...

Configuring vCenter Server Support Tools to work in a Wide Area Network

PurposeThis article provides steps to configure vCenter Server Support Tools to work in a Wide Area Network (WAN) when protected by vCenter Server Heartbeat.ResolutionWhen deployed in a WAN with different IP address on the servers in the...

Configuring VMDirectPath I/O pass-through devices on an ESX host

PurposeThis article provides steps for configuring VMDirectPath I/O direct PCI device connections for virtual machines running on Intel Weybridge and Stoakley platforms.ResolutionAbout VMDirectPath I/O pass-through...

Configuring VMware vCenter Server to send alarms when virtual machines are running from snapshots

PurposeThis article describes how to configure VMware vCenter Server to send alerts when virtual machines are running from snapshots.Resolution Prerequisites Determine the level of the inventory you want to configure the...

Connecting to a remote ESX / ESXi / vCenter Server from VMware Workstation

PurposeVMware Workstation 8 allows you to create a remote connection to an ESX/ESXi/vCenter Server to manage virtual machines. When connected to a remote machine, you can:Create new Datacenters on a vCenter ServerCheck the power status...

Connecting to ESX hosts from VirtualCenter after an upgrade fails with the error: Failed to install the VirtualCenter agent service

DetailsAfter applying a patch to or upgrading VirtualCenter, you cannot connect to your ESX hosts from VirtualCenter.You see the error:Failed to install the VirtualCenter agent serviceSolutionThis issue may occur...

Connection to ESX Server Host Through VI Client Is Lost if You Attempt to Delete Several Virtual Machines at Once from the Datastore Browser

DetailsIf you attempt to delete more than five virtual machines at once from the Datastore Browser, the ESX Server connection through the VI Client fails and you will be prompted to log in again. This issue occurs only when...

Consistent EMC CLARiiON LUN presentation to ESX hosts

DetailsThis article contains steps that allow an ESX host to access a LUN presented to other ESX hosts.SolutionTo ensure consistent LUN presentation to all ESX hosts from the EMC CLARiiON, all hosts and LUNs must be in the same...

Converter Standalone 5.0 errors when an ESXi 5.0 host is selected as a destination: The access to the host resource settings is restricted. Use the management server as a destination

SymptomsP2V Conversion failsYou cannot select an ESXi 5.0 host as the destination for a P2V conversionIn the vCenter Converter Standalone UI, you see this error:The access to the host resource settings is restricted to the server IP...

Correlating vCenter Server and ESXi/ESX host build numbers to update levels

PurposeThis article provides information on determining which build number represents which Update level.ResolutionThis table provides a list of all VMware Infrastructure 3 and vSphere build numbers and release dates:Note: The...

CPU Utilization Peaks After Installing Dell OpenManage

DetailsOn my ESX Server with Dell OpenManage installed, I notice regular spikes of very high CPU utilization.SolutionThe magnitude of the spike in CPU utilization is a metering artifact of the IPMI interface. The IPMI system...

Creating a snapshot for a virtual machine fails with the error: File is larger than maximum file size supported

SymptomsWhen creating a snapshot on virtual machine with virtual disks or virtual-mode Raw Device Mapping (RDM) disks, you experience these symptoms:In the vSphere Client, you see one of the following errors:Create virtual machine...

Creating default alarms when upgrading to vCenter Server 4.0

DetailsThis article describes how to create default database alarms for vCenter Server 4.0, following an upgrade.Note: This is an issue with upgrading to vCenter Server 4.0 only. Fresh installations of vCenter Server 4.0 are not...

Creating or provisioning a VMware View desktop pool fails with the error: View Composer Fault: VMware.Sim.Fault.VcDatastoreInaccessibleFault

SymptomsCannot create or provision a VMware View poolCreating a VMware View pool failsProvisioning View desktops in a pool failsYou see this error:View Composer Fault: VMware.Sim.Fault.VcDatastoreInaccessibleFaultCauseThis issue occurs...

CVE-2009-1252 and ESX Server 3.0.3 and ESX Server 3.5

DetailsSecurity scans might show that an ESX Server host contains a version of the Network Time Protocol (NTP) that is vulnerable to the bug in CVE-2009-1252SolutionThe ESX Server 3.0.3 and ESX Server 3.5 console operating systems...

Degraded Windows network file copy performance after full ESXi 5 VMware Tools installation

SymptomsAfter a full install of the ESXi 5 VMware Tools:Copying files to or from a CIFS share takes considerably longer than before the installThe impact is especially noticeable if one side of the copy is not capable of SMB 2.0Disabling...

Deploying ESXi 4.1 using the Scripted Install feature

PurposeThis article provides information on the new Scripted Install feature of ESXi 4.1 Installable. ResolutionThe ESXi 4.1 Scripted Install is a boot script that directs an ESXi host on how it should be...

Detaching a datastore or storage device from multiple ESXi 5.0 hosts

PurposeThis article provides information on detaching a datastore or storage device from multiple ESXi 5.0 hosts. Note: The documented method using the vSphere Client is limited to detaching the device on a per-host basis....

Determining detailed build number information for VMware ESX 4.0.x hosts

DetailsIn some cases, after patches have been installed on an ESX host, different build numbers are reported for different components of ESX. This article provides details of the build information for ESX 4.0.x hosts. For information on...

Determining the build number of VMware ESX and VMware vCenter Server

PurposeThis article provides information on how to determine the build of an ESX host and vCenter Server.ResolutionThere are two ways to find the build number of an ESX host or a vCenter Server.Connecting the vSphere...

Determining the number of ESX host CPU licenses required by a server

DetailsThis article provides information on determining the number of ESX host CPU licenses required by your server based on the number of CPU sockets.SolutionLicenses are tied to each CPU socket or package, not by CPU...

Determining which user account initiated a task in vCenter Server 4.x

PurposeThis article provides steps to determine which user account initiated a task in vCenter Server 4.x.ResolutionIn some cases, you may need to determine who initiated tasks such as creating/deleting a virtual machine, powering...

Diagnosing an ESX/ESXi host that is disconnected or not responding in vCenter Server

SymptomsESXi/ESX host shows as Not Responding in vCenter Server/VirtualCenterESXi/ESX host shows as Disconnected in vCenter ServerCannot connect ESXi/ESX to vCenter ServerVirtual machines on the ESXi/ESX host shows as...

Disabling the Workstation Log File or Storing the Log File in a Different Location

DetailsThe LOG FILE for my virtual machine or for Workstation overall is getting rather large. I'd like to stop Workstation from logging altogether, or move the log file to a location with more hard drive space. How do I do...

Displaying an ESX host in vCenter by its FQDN or short host name

PurposeThis article describes how to list an ESX host in the vCenter Inventory by its Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) or its short host name.ResolutionWhen you add an ESX host to vCenter using either its...

Disruption of VMware Tools Service Can Cause Error Messages to Appear During Virtual Machine Reboot

DetailsIf a guest operating system crashes in a virtual machine, the VMware Tools service might fail to initialize during the reboot of the guest operating system. Typically, this occurs in virtual machines that are set to...

Does VMware support NetApp's ReplicatorX in Virtual Environments?

DetailsNetApp defines ReplicatorX as: NetApp ReplicatorX(tm) is heterogeneous replication software that can replicate data and system drives, from physical servers or VMware virtual machines, to a VMware virtual...

Downloading and deploying the vCenter Server Appliance 5.x

PurposeThe vCenter Server Appliance 5.x is a module for vCenter Server, and so it is downloaded from the vCenter Server 5.x download page. This article provides the steps to download and deploy the Linux vCenter Server...

Downloading and licensing ESXi 5.0

PurposeThis article provides steps for downloading and licensing ESXi 5.0.ResolutionDownloading ESXi 5.0To download and activate ESXi 5.0:Navigate to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 5.0 Download Center.Click Download.If...

Downloading and licensing ESXi 5.0

PurposeThis article provides steps for downloading and licensing ESXi 5.0.ResolutionDownloading ESXi 5.0To download and activate ESXi 5.0:Navigate to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 5.0 Download Center.Click Download.If...

Downloading VMware products and troubleshooting issues with downloads

PurposeThis article provides procedures to download VMware products and to troubleshoot download issues.ResolutionDownloading VMware products from the VMware websiteTo download VMware products from the VMware website:Go to the download...

Editing configuration files in VMware ESXi and ESX

PurposeThis article provides steps to edit files in VMware ESX and VMware ESXi.ResolutionDatastore Browser This section is applicable to all versions of VMware ESX and ESXi. To download, edit and upload files to a datastore...

Enabling esxupdate logging on ESXi 4.x

PurposeThis article provides steps to configure esxupdate to produce persistent logs on ESXi. This information is useful when troubleshooting issues related to installing patches and updates on the ESXi host. By Default ESXi 4.1 is...

Enabling remote query of NTP service on ESX/ESXi 4.0

PurposeThis article provides the steps for configuring the NTP service on an ESX/ESXi 4.0 host to allow remote queries. This allows external clients to use ntpq or ntpdc to retrieve server status information,...

Enabling serial-line logging for ESXi 5.0

PurposeThis article provides steps to enable serial-line logging for an ESXi 5.0 host.It is sometimes helpful to have logs captured independent of disk or network connectivity when troubleshooting issues. Enabling serial logging sends...

Enabling Support for NetQueue on Intel Gigabit adapters using the igb driver in ESX 3.5

DetailsThe igb driver supports in version 1.3.8.6.3 two families of Intel Gigabit adapters. Networking devices based on the Intel® 82575 Gigabit Ethernet Controller:Intel® 82575EB Gigabit Network ConnectionIntel® 82575EB Gigabit...

Ensuring proper installation of VMware vCenter Converter and functionality of the Converter Agent

SymptomsCannot take snapshot of source physical or virtual machine.Unable to establish communication with the source system.Converter Agent may not install or installs partially. You may receive one or more of these...

ESX 3.5 host becomes unresponsive with the purple screen error: deltadisk+0x4baa stack

ResolutionThis issue is resolved in VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200811401-SG, released on 12/02/2008. Based on VMware KB 1006578

ESX 3.5 Host Update Rollup Bundle Advisory

SymptomsIf the ESX350-Update03 rollup bundle is installed on an ESX 3.5 host, you may experience these symptoms: Update Manager displays the ESX host as Not Compliant and Applicable with a baseline that contains...

ESX 3.5 installation requirement for Dell Poweredge 1950

DetailsESX 3.5 exhibits strange behaviour and slow access to NFS shares when installing virtual machines to an NFS share with a Dell Poweredge 1950SolutionThe Dell Poweredge 1950 requires the latest BIOS version in order to...

ESX 4.0 and later VMware Tools installer attempts to load WDDM display driver on Window 7 virtual machine with hardware version 4

DetailsThe VMware Tools installer attempts to install all appropriate drivers for a guest, even when the hardware version of the virtual machine does not support the drivers. ESX 2.5.5 through ESX 3.5.x are based on hardware version 3...

ESX and ESXi 4.x and 5.x password requirements and restrictions

SymptomsYou are unable to set a password in ESX or ESXi 4.x or 5.x.You see these VMware vSphere Client errors:A general system error occurred: passwd: Authentication token manipulation errorAn internal error has occurred, and the wizard...

ESX fails to boot with fsck error

SymptomsESX host cannot boot properlyAn error indicates that fsck needs to be runYou are prompted to enter a root password or press Ctrl-D to boot normally. The issue reoccurs and the host cannot boot...

ESX has performance issues due to IRQ sharing

DetailsVMkernel assigns interrupt request (IRQ) numbers to all PCI devices when the system initializes. The IRQ assignments depend upon the system's hardware topology and the number of available IRQs. When the number of available IRQs is...

ESX host displays the message "Configuration changes were not saved successfully during previous shutdown"

DetailsWhen you log into the ESX 3.x host service console, you see the message:Configuration changes were not saved successfully during previous shutdown.Note: This message is stored in /etc/motd and is generated by...

ESX Server 3.0.1, Patch ESX-1000039: vmkernel Update

DetailsResolved IssuesThis patch provides the following:Fixes an issue where an ESX Server host experiences boot failures because the software doesn't correctly handle failed block driver I/Os.Fixes an issue where extraneous warnings are...

ESX Server 3.0.1, Patch ESX-1000077: Update to Host Agent

DetailsRelease Date: 9/6/07Last Updated: 9/6/07  Download NowDownload Size: 96.0 MBDownload Filename: ESX-1000077.tgz md5sum:3d2117536bcc2e8132aa02efcb7cc219Product VersionsESX Server 3.0.1Patch...

ESX Server 3.0.1, Patch ESX-1004186: VMware VIX API Memory Overflow Vulnerabilities; VMware Tools Local Privilege Escalation on Windows-based GOS; Unable to Browse NFS or Networking Shares; Pre-Built Modules for VMware Tools

DetailsRelease Date: 06/03/08Document Last Updated: 06/03/08 

ESX Server 3.0.3: Patch Installation Fails if Directory Name Contains Spaces

DetailsSummaryInstallation of ESX Server 3.0.x patch fails with an error message when the parent directory name contains spaces in them.  Symptom  When installing ESX Server 3.0.x patches, if the parent directory...

ESX Server 3.0.x Host Is Unable to Use VCB License from VMware Infrastructure Foundation License File

DetailsIf you configure an ESX Server 3.0.x host to use a VMware Infrastructure Foundation license file (released with ESX Server 3 version 3.5), the host cannot use the VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) license.SolutionTo use VCB,...

ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200802403-BG: Improved Statistics Collection for Support Scripts, Fix for Patch Issue Seen After Upgrading from ESX Server 2.5.x to 3.5.0

DetailsRelease Date: 3/10/2008Document Last Updated: 3/10/2008 Download Size: 312 KBDownload Filename: ESX350-200802403-BG.zipmd5sum: 92146fe2c1a317e56905534f3a3cd9feProduct VersionsESX Server 3.5Patch...

ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200805501-BG: Updates to VMkernel and Multiple RPMs

DetailsRelease Date: 03 JUNE 2008 Document Last Updated: 03 JUNE 2008 Download Size: 205 MB Download Filename: ESX350-200805501-BG.zip md5sum: 31a620aa249c593c30015b5b6f8c8650Product...

ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200808202-UG: Update to VMware-esx-scripts

DetailsRelease Date: 13 AUGUST 2008 Document Last Updated: 13 AUGUST 2008 Download Size:312KBDownload Filename:ESX350-200808202-UG.zipmd5sum:b58c336b504cb8711f954938344e9ca7Product VersionsESX Server 3.5 Update 2Patch...

ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200808203-UG: Update to VMware-esx-backuptools

DetailsDownload Size: 2.8MB Download Filename: ESX350-200808203-UG.zip md5sum: a6b9ac38472ec3f29c979c84e730dfbfProduct VersionsESX Server 3.5 Update 2Patch...

ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200808207-UG: Update to VMware-esx-lnxcfg

DetailsRelease Date: 13 AUGUST 2008 Document Last Updated: 13 AUGUST 2008 Download Size: 33KB Download...

ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200808210-UG: Update to VMware-esx-drivers-net-ixgbe

DetailsRelease Date: 13 AUGUST 2008 Document Last Updated: 13 AUGUST 2008 Download Size: 92KB Download Filename: ESX350-200808210-UG.zip md5sum: 37a575d701fb3a480286f5a763af6415Product...

ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200808214-UG: Update to the QLogic FC Driver

DetailsRelease Date: 13 AUGUST 2008 Document Last Updated: 13 AUGUST 2008 Download Size: 1MB Download Filename: ESX350-200808214-UG.zip md5sum: 72a15181ff7ff8825cb72749c9bd4025Product...

ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200808217-UG: Update to Web Access

DetailsRelease Date: 13 AUGUST 2008 Document Last Updated: 13 AUGUST 2008 Download Size: 50MB Download Filename: ESX350-200808217-UG.zip md5sum: f1269d17193a57dffe115417ecd02251Product...

ESX Server does not detect CDP information on Intel MT or PT dualport NICs after native VLAN change

DetailsWhen the native VLAN on a switch is changed from the default of 1, Intel MT and PT dualport NICs drop all traffic with the new native VLAN tag. This results in CDP packets being dropped, due to which CDP appears not to function...

ESX Server Does Not Recognize Second Host Bus Adapter SAS LSI3444E in IBM x3650 Type 7979

DetailsYou need two SAS LSI3444E host bus adapters (HBAs) for HBA redundancy. ESX Server does not recognize the second HBA when using two SAS LSI3444E HBAs on IBM x3650 type 7979, due to PCI resource allocation errors....

ESX Server software fails to install when more than 128 LUNs are attached

DetailsWhy does my ESX Server software fail to install when more than 128 LUNs are attached? During CD install, system fails and install process exits abnormally. Error messages similar to the following will be displayed...

ESX Server Software Installation Fails when Fibre Channel Cable Connected to the Server

DetailsWhen installing ESX Server on a system where the HBA is connected to the Fibre Channel storage array: Using the graphical installation mode -- the installer terminated at the partitioning page and throws an...

ESX VMkernel log reports a failure to establish iSCSI session connections to target portals

SymptomsYou may experience these symptoms:A rescan takes longer than with previous versions of ESX.When accessing an iSCSI array through Software iSCSI in ESX 3.5, you see the following log spew:cpu7:1076)iSCSI: bus 0...

ESX/ESXi 4.0 Update 1, 4.0 Update 2 and 4.1 fail with a purple diagnostic screen on AMD Opteron 6100-series processor based systems

SymptomsWhen running ESX/ESXi 4.0 Update 1, ESX/ESXi 4.0 Update 2, or ESX/ESXi 4.1 on systems using the AMD Opteron 6100 series processors, you may experience these symptoms:You experience a purple diagnostic screen due to a Machine...

ESX/ESXi host disconnects from vCenter Server randomly

SymptomsThe ESX/ESXi host goes into a Not Responding or Disconnected state and then connects back to vCenter Server after few secondsIn vpxa logs or hostd logs, you see backtrace similar to: [2011-10-03 12:01:09.582 1F1B8B90 info...

ESX/ESXi hosts fail to scan in vCenter Update Manager 4.1.x and 5.0

SymptomsESX/ESXi hosts fail to scan in vCenter Update Manager 4.1.x and 5.0 with the error:Host cannot download files from VMware vCenter Update Manager patch store. Check the network connectivity and firewall setup, and check esxupdate...

ESX350-200803202-UG Patch; Multiple RPM Updates, Including VMware-esx-tools, VMware-esx-vmkernel, and VMware-hostd-esx

DetailsRelease Date: 4/10/2008Document Last Updated: 4/10/2008Download Size: 206 MBDownload Filename: ESX350-200803202-UG.zip md5sum: 62189e9967144cdaecdffba3035dfe66Product VersionsESX Server 3.5 Update...

ESX350-201002411-BG may cause problems booting on Fujitsu / Fujitsu-Siemens RX600-S2 and RX600-S3

DetailsESX has a problem booting up after installing patch ESX350-201002411-BG on Fujitsu / Fujitsu-Siemens RX600-S2 and RX600-S3 with installed DVD-ROM drive.  The boot process stops at: Loading VMKernel...

ESXi 4.0 host configures HA but displays a health check error after upgrading to vCenter Server 4.1

SymptomsPrior to performing the update to vCenter Server 4.1, HA was configured and working on the ESXi hosts. Post-upgrade, you experience these symptoms:The ESXi host reconfigures successfully for HA, but immediately displays...

ESXi 4.x / 5.x does not include RPM format for VMware Tools

PurposeThis article explains that the ESXi 4.x RPM installer is not available for Linux VMware Tools.ResolutionAs of vSphere 4.0, there is a different linux.iso for ESX and ESXi.The...

ESXi 5.0 file system GUIDs

DetailsFile system GUIDs are necessary when using partedUtil on ESXi 5.0 hosts.SolutionESXi 5.0 has the following file system GUIDs:Partition typeGUIDVMFS Datastore2AE031AA-0F40-DB11-9590000C2911D1B8VMKCore...

ESXi 5.0 hosts fail to mount VMFS5 volumes that are formatted with ATS-only capabilities

CauseWhen a VMFS-5 volume formatted on a VAAI capable device it will use ATS locking exclusively termed as ATS only. To check if a VMFS volume has been configured with ATS only use the following command:# vmkfstools -Ph -v1...

ESXi 5.0 Image profile cannot be deleted

DetailsAs a PowerCLI user, you can create custom image profiles by using the New-ESXImageProfile command. However, after you create an Image Profile, no command can selectively remove the user-created Image Profile from the...

ESXi 5.1 host might display vim.PerformanceManager error message during first boot

DetailsAfter you install ESXi 5.1 and boot the system for the first time, the ESXi 5.1 host might log vim.PerformanceManager error message similar to the following to the hostd log file:Error while loading stats...

ESXi 5.x boot delays when configured for Software iSCSI

CauseThis issue occurs because ESXi 5.0 attempts to connect to all configured or known targets from all configured software iSCSI portals. If a connection fails, ESXi 5.0 retries the connection 9 times. This can lead to a lengthy iSCSI...

esxtop Disk Stats Can Reflect Multiple Paths

DetailsThe ESX Server 3.5 host can have multiple paths connecting the same device. A path is identified by adapter:cid:tid:lid inesxtop where cid specifies the channel, tid specifies the target,...

Filenames over 64 characters in ESX Server ISO image may get truncated during content extraction.

DetailsWhen you extract the contents of an ISO image such as esx-3.5.0_Update_1-82663.iso using systems that support theJoliet extensions to the ISO9660 standard some file names are truncated.  The Microsoft Windows operating system...

fix sharing violation errors in VMware Data Recovery

Format of the ESXi 5.0 vmksummary log file

PurposeThis article provides information about the format of the ESXi 5.0 vmksummary log file. Note: This article pertains to ESXi 5.0. For information about other versions, see Heartbeat messages in an ESX...

Formatting a USB Flash Drive to Boot the ESXi 5.0 Installation or Upgrade

DetailsYou can format a USB flash drive to boot the ESXi 5.0 installation or upgrade.SolutionThis procedure requires the ESXi 5.0 ISO image VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.0.0- XXXXXX.x86_64.iso, including the...

Generating and collecting additional performance statistics for VMware Support

PurposeFor some performance Service Requests, VMware Support might want you to collect additional virtual machine statistics. This article provides information on how to configure a virtual machine to run with a stats build VMX/virtual...

Generating Domain Root CA signed certificates for vCenter Server

PurposeThis article provides the information on how to generate SSL Cert Keys and sign it with an internal Root CA, so that all components on vCenter Server work properly.ResolutionRequirementsYou need to install Microsoft...

Growing a local datastore from the command line in vSphere ESXi 4.x and 5.0

PurposeVMFS Datastores in vSphere 4.x and 5.0 can be increased in size by adding a new extent on a different storage device (spanning), or by increasing the size of the existing storage device and then growing the existing datastore...

Guest stops responding after connecting a USB CD-ROM

DetailsVirtual machines stop respondingThe updfstab processes in the service console stop respondingSolutionA bug in the ehci-hcd  USB driver in the ESX Server service console can cause programs that...

Hardware and firmware requirements for 64-bit guest operating systems

PurposeThis article explains the host machine hardware and firmware requirements for installing virtual machines with 64-bit guest operating systems.Note: 64-bit guests are not supported for ESX versions 2.5.x and earlier.For information...

Hardware status tab is blank when upgrading from vCenter Server 4.0 to 4.1

SymptomsWhen upgrading vCenter Server from 4.0, 4.0 U1 or 4.0 U2 to vCenter Server 4.1 in a linked-mode environment the Hardware Status tab will be blank on vCenter Servers not yet updated to 4.1.The Hardware Status tab is...

Host upgrade to ESX/ESXi 4.1 Update 1 fails if you upgrade by using Update Manager 4.1

DetailsIf you upgrade ESX/ESXi 3.x or ESX/ESXi 4.0.x hosts to ESX/ESXi 4.1 Update 1 by using VMware vCenter Update Manager 4.1, the remediation fails with the message The uploaded upgrade package is not a valid upgrade...

Host warning for ESXi Shell and SSH appear on a ESXi 5.1 host

SymptomsESXi 5.1 host Summary tab displays a warning similar to:ESXi Shell for the host has been enabledESXi 5.1 host displays the warning: SSH for the host has been enabledCauseThe warning appears with a yellow exclamation mark on...

hostd log contains many updateChildResourceConfiguration entries

SymptomsESX is not behaving correctly.ESX could appear disconnected or not responding in VirtualCenterVMotions to/from the ESX host may failThe VMware High Availability agent generates an errorCannot configure VMware...

How do I migrate a running 2.5.x virtual machine to ESX 3.x?

DetailsProduction virtual machines on ESX 2.5.x need to be VMotioned to ESX 3.x. What steps are required?SolutionVirtual machines running on ESX 2.5.x can use DMotion to VMotion and upgrade to ESX 3.0.1. The following information...

How to attach and configure an XRAID storage

DetailsDo you have any info/docs/howto's with step by step instructions on how to attach and configure an XRAID storage with VMware?SolutionCannot locate any reference material for connecting the XRAID to an ESX server.No XRAID devices...

How to Create a non-root account with Administrator capabilities on ESX

PurposeTo create a non-root account that has Administrator level privileges on ESX.ResolutionAs per the ESX Server Configuration Guide:To add a user to the Users Table.Log in to the host using the vSphere Client, using the root...

How to disable the CIM agent on the ESX/ESXi host

PurposeThis article provides the commands to disable the CIM agent on the ESX/ESXi host. You may want to disable the CIM agent if it causes the vpxa watchdog service to restart management services by using all the available memory...

HP images of ESX and ESXi for Proliant BL460c G7, BL465c G7, BL680c G7 and BL685c G7 server blades

ResolutionWhen installing ESX 4.x on the ProLiant BL460c G7, BL465c G7, BL680c G7 and BL685c G7 server blades you are required to include network drivers for the NC551i and NC553i network adapters. These network cards use...

HP Servers on ESX/ESXi 4.1 with Automatic Power disabled in BIOS power on automatically when power cord is connected

SymptomsHP Servers on ESX/ESXi 4.1 with the Automatic Power On option disabled in BIOS automatically power on when the power cable is connectedYou experience this issue when using HP Servers DL380 G5 / G6 / G7 & DL360 G7This issue...

IBM Athena x3850 M2 or x3950 M2 Servers Stop Responding When Booted into Debug Mode

DetailsESX Server 3.5 Update 1 might not work if the IBM Athena x3850 M2 or x3950 M2 servers are booted into debug mode. This issue occurs due to a BIOS bug on IBM Athena x3850 M2 and x3950 M2 servers.SolutionCurrently, there...

Identifying issues with and setting up name resolution on ESX/ESXi Server

SymptomsUnable to configure VMware High Availability (HA).Configuring VMware HA fails at about 97% completion.Configuring VMware HA fails between 85 to 91%.Reconfiguring VMware HA fails.Adding an ESX host to a cluster fails.Enabling...

Increasing the block size of local VMFS storage in ESX 4.x during installation

PurposeThis article provides instructions on how to specify a block size during the formatting process of VMware ESX 4.x. By default it formats them with a 1MB block size, allowing for storage of files 256GB and under. This default VMFS...

Increasing the size of a disk partition

SymptomsYou need to increase the size of a disk partition.You have increased the size of a virtual disk but can see no increase in available space in virtual machine.The partition does not increase with the increase in disk size.You...

Increasing the size of a virtual disk

PurposeThis article guides you through the process of increasing the size of a virtual disk. This procedure is necessary to accommodate data requirements that have changed since the creation of the virtual...

Installing a new virtual machine in VMware Player

PurposeThis article provides steps to create a new virtual machine in VMware Player.ResolutionTo install a new virtual machine in VMware Player:Open VMware Player.Click File > Create a New Virtual Machine.Insert your...

Installing async drivers on ESXi 5.x

PurposeThis article provides the different methods for installing asynchronous driver releases on ESXi 5.x. For more information about installing a specific async driver release, see the /doc/README.txt file within the async...

Installing Cisco Nexus VEM on an ESX or ESXi host fails with error: Encountered error VibFormatError

SymptomsInstalling Cisco Nexus VEM on an ESX or ESXi host failsWhen executing the command esxupdate -b cisco-vem-v110-4.0.4.1.2.0.80-1.9.179.zip info, you see the error: Unknown bulletin...

Installing ESX 4.0 and vCenter 4.0 best practices

PurposeThis article provides quick reference to the information needed for a trouble free installation of vSphere ESX 4.0 and vCenter Server 4.0.Note: Because each environment is different, many installation decisions require knowledge...

Installing ESX Server 3.x on IBM e326 or Dell-1850 Causes Keyboard to Become Unresponsive

DetailsWhy can't I use my keyboard while installing ESX Server 3.x?SolutionOccasionally, all USB devices, including a keyboard and mouse, stop functioning during ESX Server 3.x installation. This might occur after the initial selection...

Installing ESX Server Throws an "Anaconda Error" in the Partitioning Options Screen

DetailsThis issue is limited to the ESX Server 3 installer in cases where ESX Server is installed on systems with VMFS partitions on a SAN or local disk, and where VMFS partitions are being preserved on the targeted installation disk....

Installing ESXi 5.0 fails on a Cisco Blade B 230

SymptomsAn ESXi5 installation failsInstallation hangs at the initial DCUI screen, at the SAS_MegaRaid ControllerCauseThis issue can occur for any of these reasons:The server has internal disksThe Local Disk Policy is incorrectThe CD/DVD...

Installing ESXi 5.0 in VMware Fusion

PurposeThis article explains how to install VMware ESXi in a virtual machine. Installing ESXi in a virtual machine provides a way to try the product without dedicating hardware to it. A virtual ESXi machine may be useful if you are...

Installing ESXi 5.x in VMware Workstation

PurposeThis article explains how to install VMware ESXi in a virtual machine. Installing ESXi in a virtual machine provides a way to try the product without dedicating hardware to it. A virtual ESXi machine may be useful if you are...

Installing ESXi fails with the error: Disk error 51, AX=4280, Drive 9F

SymptomsCannot install ESXiInstalling ESXi 4.1 fails with the error:Disk error 51, AX=4280, Drive 9FResolutionThis issue may occur due to an incompatible hardware or faulty media. To resolve this issue:Verify if you...

Installing or upgrading to ESXi 5.1 best practices

PurposeThis article provides information about upgrading to ESXi 5.1.Notes:This article assumes that you have read the vSphere Installation and Setup Guide for ESXi 5.1 Installation or the vSphere Upgrade...

Installing or upgrading VMware Tools from the ESX console

SymptomsThis article provides command to install or upgrade VMware Tools from the ESX console. ResolutionNote: Before you install or upgrade VMware Tools, ensure that the the virtual machine is powered on and that the...

Installing or upgrading VMware Tools in ESXi 4.1 fails with the error: Call "VirtualMachine.MountToolsInstaller" for object "<vm name>" failed on vCenter Server "<vc name>

SymptomsCannot install or upgrade VMware Tools in an ESXi 4.1 host.Installing VMware Tools fails.The vSphere Client reports the error:Call "VirtualMachine.MountToolsInstaller" for object "" failed on vCenter Server ""In...

Installing patches on an ESXi 5.0 host from the command line

PurposeThis article outlines the procedure for installing patches on an ESXi 5.0 host from the command line using esxcli software vibcommands.For more information on installing VIBs on an ESX host, see Update a Host with...

Installing patches on an ESXi 5.0 host from the command line

PurposeThis article outlines the procedure for installing patches on an ESXi 5.0 host from the command line using esxcli software vib commands.For more information on installing VIBs on an ESX host, see Update a Host with...

Installing the intermediate certificate chain for vCenter Server 5.0

PurposeThis article provides steps to install the intermediate certificate chain for vCenter Server 5.0.ResolutionTo install the intermediate certificate chain for vCenter Server 5.0:Run this command to create the CSR file:openssl req...

Installing the Tivoli Storage Manager Client on the Service Console Results in an Error

DetailsInstalling the Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) client on the ESX Server service console results in the following error: Failed dependencies:/usr/bin/ksh is needed by TIVsm-BA-5.3.3-0SolutionInstall the TSM client on the ESX...

Installing the VMware ESX/ESXi 4.x driver CD on an ESX 4.x host

PurposeThis article provides steps to install a driver CD on your ESX/ESXi 4.0 host so that you can use a third-party hardware component.ResolutionTo install a driver CD: Note: This procedure...

Installing vCenter Server 5.0 fails with the error: Error 28023. Setup failed to setup VMwareVCMSDS directory service instance

SymptomsCannot install vCenter Server 5.0Installing vCenter Server 5.0 failsIn the vminst.log file, you see entries similar to:VMware VirtualCenter-build-346048: 01/13/11 16:58:18 Already removed:...

Installing VMware Tools from ESXi 5.0 on a Solaris virtual machine changes MTU to 9000

SymptomsAfter installing/upgrading to VMware Tools from ESXi 5.0/ESXi 5.0 Update 1 on the Solaris guest operating system, you experience these symptoms:MTU increases to 9000 automatically on vmxnet3 adaptersEven if the MTU is...

Installing VMware Tools in a Linux virtual machine using Red Hat Package Manager (RPM)

PurposeThis article provides steps to install VMware Tools in a Linux guest operating system using Red Hat Package Manager (RPM). Note: For an overview of installing VMware Tools, see Installing VMware Tools...

Installing VMware Tools in an Ubuntu virtual machine

PurposeThis article provides the steps to install VMware Tools in an Ubuntu virtual machine.Note: Whenever the Linux kernel (operating system) is updated, VMware Tools needs to be reinstalled.ResolutionTo install VMware Tools, you must...

Installing VMware Tools in VMware Player

PurposeThis article provides steps to install VMware Tools in VMware Player. For more information about VMware Tools, see Overview of VMware Tools (340).Note: This article is for VMware Player 3.x. VMware Player 2.x and older...

Installing VMware Tools in VMware Player

PurposeThis article provides steps to install VMware Tools in VMware Player. For more information about VMware Tools, see Overview of VMware Tools (340).Note: This article is for VMware Player 3.x. VMware Player 2.x and older...

Investigating virtual machine file locks on ESX/ESXi

DetailsA virtual machine cannot power on.Powering on a virtual machine fails.Unable to power on a virtual machine.Adding an existing disk (VMDK) to a virtual machine that is already powered on fails with the error:Failed to add disk...

License Administration Using an Options File

DetailsIn VirtualCenter Management Server, VMware added support for additional, optional features of the license server. License options file settings are supported for VirtualCenter 2.x releases and ESX Server 3.x...

Licensing an ESX host by pointing to a License Server through VMware Infrastructure Client fails

DetailsLicensing an ESX host by pointing to a License Server through VMware Infrastructure (VI) Client failsYou may see the error: The Request failed because the remote server took too long to respondSolutionThis issue may...

Licensing ESX 4.x, ESXi 4.x, and vCenter Server 4.x

SymptomsUnable to remove ESX 4.x/ESXi 4.x from Evaluation ModeUnable to upload the license file for vSphereUnable to connect vSphere 4.x to vCenter ServerUnable to activate vSpherePurposeThis article provides steps to add,...

Licensing ESXi 5.x and vCenter Server 5.x

PurposeThis article provides steps to add, assign, remove, unassign, and change the licenses of ESXi 5.x and vCenter Server 5.x. Notes:All ESXi 5.0 and vCenter Server 5.0 keys work with ESXi 5.1 and vCenter Server 5.1. To update...

Licensing the free edition of ESXi 3.5

DetailsThis article provides steps to license and install the free edition of ESXi 3.5.SolutionWhen you register to receive the ESXi Free Download, you receive a link to download your license and the software. Find the serial number...

Loading Parallel Port Driver Modules in the Service Console Generates Warnings in the ESX Server Boot Logs

DetailsWhen you load the parallel port driver modules in the service console, the following warning messages might appear in the VMkernel boot logs: WARNING: Host: XVMKSyscall_HostEnableInterrupt:2646: irq not set up 47 The...

Locating information about VMware products ESXi, ESX, and vCenter Server

ProductsVMware ESXVMware ESXiVMware vCenter ServerVMware vCenter Server ApplianceSummaryThis article helps you quickly find information about ESX, ESXi, and vCenter Server.What is ESX/ESXi?VMware ESX and VMware ESXi provide the...

Location of ESXi 5.1 log files

ESXi 5.1 Host Log FilesLogs for an ESXi 5.1 host are grouped according to the source component:/var/log/auth.log: ESXi Shell authentication success and failure./var/log/dhclient.log: DHCP client service, including discovery, address...

Lockdown mode does not lock down machine

DetailsThe ESXi lockdown mode does not lock down the machine. It only prevents direct VMware vSphere client connections.SolutionThe lockdown mode, only applies to direct vSphere client connections. To ensure a complete lock down, you...

Logging in to the vCenter Server 5.0 Web Client fails with the error: unable to connect to vCenter Inventory Service

DetailsAfter upgrading from vCenter Server 4.1 to 5.0, you experience these symptoms:Cannot log in to the Web ClientLogging in to the Web Client failsYou see the error:unable to connect to vCenter Inventory Service -...

MAC and IP address conflict in a virtual machine

DetailsAny IP address set in the LAN for this virtual machine complains that there is an IP address conflict for a particular MAC addressThis MAC address is different from the entry in the .vmx file of...

Messages log contains "floppy0: disk absent or changed during operation"

DetailsA virtual machine is powered on with a virtual floppy diskette drive connected to the physical diskette driveNo diskette is inserted in the physical floppy diskette driveAn I/O error message appears...

Methods of upgrading to ESXi 5.1

PurposeThis article provides high-level information that may be useful when upgrading to ESXi 5.1. Notes:This article does not include the steps for upgrading to ESXi 5.1. For more information about upgrading from ESX/ESXi 3.x or...

Migrating to vCenter Server 5.0 using the Data Migration Tool

PurposeYou can use the Data Migration Tool to back up VirtualCenter or vCenter Server configuration data such as port settings, SSL certificates, and licensing information. The Data Migration Tool can restore these settings when you...

Minimum requirements for the VMware vCenter Server 5.x Appliance

PurposeIf you are using the VMware vCenter Server Appliance, beginning with vSphere 5.0 you can download vCenter Server as a virtual machine appliance. With the VMware vCenter Server Appliance, the necessary components are contained in a...

Minimum requirements for the VMware vCenter Server 5.x Appliance

PurposeIf you are using the VMware vCenter Server Appliance, beginning with vSphere 5.x you can download vCenter Server as a virtual machine appliance. With the VMware vCenter Server Appliance, the necessary components are contained in a...

Minimum system requirements for installing ESX/ESXi

SymptomsESX/ESXi Installation may error before completionESX/ESXi Installation fails to completeUnable to complete ESX/ESXi InstallationPurposeThis article is to help you ensure that your hardware meets the minimum system requirements...

Minor Spelling Error in the VMkernel Logs

DetailsAfter you install ESX350-200808401-BG, you might see output similar to the following in the VMkernel logs:# cat /var/log/vmkernel |grep SCSI-2Jul 15 01:15:33 machine vmkernel: 0:01:01:44.437 cpu3:1036)ScsiUid: 550: Path...

Mounting and unmounting snapshot volumes in vSphere 5.0

DetailsThe procedures for mounting and unmounting snapshot volumes using vicfg-volume and esxcli are changed in vSphere 5.0.SolutionTo persistent mount a snapshot volume...

Moving a virtual machine between two or more vCenters not sharing network connectivity

PurposeThis article provides information on moving a virtual machine between two or more vCenters that do not share network connectivity.ResolutionOption 1:   Backup and RestoreBackup the virtual machine from the...

Multiple network entries in vCenter Server 5.0.x after migrating virtual machines from a virtual switch to a virtual distributed switch

SymptomsAfter migrating virtual machines from a virtual switch to a virtual Distributed Switch (vDS), you see both old and new network entries for the virtual machine in vCenter Server.In vCenter Server, the virtual...

NetApp NFS causes errors: WARNING: BC: 1536: Unexpected short write; expected file length or WARNING: BC: 2644: Unexpected short write

SymptomsIf a customer sees the following errors messages on their ESX Servers whilst connected to a NetApp NFS Cluster: vmkernel: 110:01:18:42.510 cpu1:1031)WARNING: BC: 1536: Unexpected short write; expected file length 1430733,...

NIC teaming using EtherChannel leads to intermittent network connectivity in ESXi

SolutionWorkaround Note: To reduce the chance of network connection loss please change the vSwitch load balancing to Route based on IP hash using this methodShutdown all ports in the team from the physical switch leaving a single...

Not Enough Licenses error when using SMP or SAN on VMware Infrastructure 3 Starter Edition

DetailsIf you configure a virtual machine on VMware Infrastructure 3 Starter edition to use SMP, you see the error:Not enough licensesAdding a virtual hard disk on SAN failsYou see the error:There are not enough licenses installed...

On ESX hosts, DHCP failures might occur in the service console during heavy loads

DetailsUnder particularly high stress situations, the service console may not have sufficient resources to renew a DHCP lease. For example, the following can occur:The service console is not scheduled due to excessive processor loads.A...

Opening the virtual machine console after a fresh installation of ESXi or ESX fails with the error: The host certificate chain is not complete

SymptomsAfter a fresh installation of ESXi or ESX on the affected host, you experience these symptoms:You are unable to view the console of virtual machines within the hostYou see the error:Unable to connect to the MKS: The remote host...

OpenSSL security vulnerability with CVE-2009-3555 identifier does not affect vCenter, ESX, and ESXi

DetailsvCenter, ESX, and ESXi are not impacted by the OpenSSL security vulnerability in CVE-2009-3555. This issue occurs only when a renegotiation of the SSL session is possible. VMware has reviewed all interfaces where SSL traffic...

Operating System Specific Packages fail to install on Ubuntu 8.10 if Ubuntu Multiverse Repository is used

DetailsStarting with the 8.10 release, Ubuntu is offering open-vm-tools packages as part of its multiverse repository. VMware does not support the use of these packages in VMware virtual machines. The version of tools available in the...

other network components

PurposeThese services and agents are commonly present in a vSphere environment:CIM HTTP server (insecure service)CIM HTTPS serverFTP client (insecure service)FTP server (insecure service)iSCSI software clientNFS client (insecure...

Panic error on ESX Server host with Neterion Network Adapter when booting into Service Console

DetailsIf you are booting into the service console for troubleshooting, a panic error might occur on ESX Server hosts with Neterion network adapters if you perform multiple boots under these circumstances:You have modified the MTU for...

Path Failover Might Not Complete Successfully with LSI3444E Under High Stress in ESX Server 3.5 Update 1

DetailsTo ensure the IBM DS3200 SAS storage array provides proper path failover during heavy I/O in a VMware environment using ESX Server 3.5 Update 1, you must reconfigure the Remove Device Missing Delay (RDMD) timer value to 10 seconds...

Pegasus (cimserver) memory leaks reported in ESX 3.5 Update 2 and later

DetailsAn ESX host displays a purple diagnostic screen with an error similar error to:0:08:04:55.679 cpu0:1024)VMNIX: ALERT: HB: 365: Lost heartbeat (comm=cimserverpid=3588 t=30 to=30 clt=1).0:08:04:55.818 cpu0:1024)Host: 4781: COS...

Performing a disk check

SymptomsVMware Workstation unrecoverable error: (vcpu-0)Exception 0xc0000006 (disk error while paging) has occurred.Virtual machine disconnects from local hard disk.Power on errors reporting virtual machine couldn't locate the virtual...

Performing an Operation Simultaneously on Large Number of Virtual Machines Might Cause hostd to Stop Responding

DetailsThe hostd service might stop responding when you perform an operation, such as power on, clone, suspend, resume, and so on, simultaneously on large number of virtual machines.SolutionThis is a known issue....

Powering on a hosted virtual machine

PurposeThis article guides you through the different methods of powering on a virtual machine. Alternative methods are useful when there is something preventing the use of one method or when a specific method is more useful...

Powering on a virtual machine from the command line when the host cannot be managed using vSphere Client

PurposeThis article provides steps to power on virtual machines from the command line (either through the ESX host console or through the RCLI/vSphere CLI) if the host cannot be managed from vCenter Server or from vSphere...

Powering on an ESX/ESXi host's virtual machine

PurposeThis article guides you through the different methods of powering on a virtual machine. Alternative methods are useful when there is something preventing the use of one method or when another method is more useful due...

Preventing VMware Player from prompting to install software updates

PurposeVMware Player, by default, automatically checks for software updates and prompts you to install them. This article provides the steps to disable VMware Player from automatically checking for updates.ResolutionTo...

Recommended disk or LUN sizes for VMware ESX/ESXi installations

SolutionVMware recommends provisioning enough space to satisfy the partitioning requirements outlined in product documentation. The default partitioning layout is sufficient for the majority of deployments, but the information...

Reduced performance when administering ESX hosts in vCenter Server

SymptomsNormal management tasks take a long time to executeReduced performanceTasks appear to stop responding when trying to start or stop a virtual machineRestarting the VMware Infrastructure/vSphere Client and vCenter Server does...

Reformatting the local VMFS partition's block size in ESX 4.x (post-installation)

PurposeThis article provides steps to reformat the local VMFS partition's block size in ESX 4.x, when there already is an existing ESX installation.Note: For ESXi servers, reformat the local VMFS3 file system using the VMware vSphere...

Reinstalling vCenter Server 4.x

PurposeThis article provides the steps to reinstall vCenter Sever 4.x cleanly.ResolutionTo perform a clean reinstall of vCenter Server:Backup the vCenter database. You need to reattach to this database during the reinstall.Backup...

Remote MKS Requests to ESX Server Virtual Machines Fail Sporadically from a Multiprocessor-Based Windows System with VI Client or Remote Console

DetailsThe following error appears sporadically when attempting to open a remote console to a virtual machine on an ESX Server host from a multiprocessor Windows system:Nov 16 16:57:35: mks| ASSERT...

Removing unwanted plug-ins from vCenter Server

PurposeWhen using 3rd party management products for vCenter Server, these plug-ins appear in the Available Plug-ins list. Some of these products may not have an uninstaller to remove the entry under Available...

Rescans Might Cause CD-ROM Drives Attached to vmhbas to Become Inaccessible from the Service Console

DetailsPerforming a rescan removes CD-ROM drives attached to vmhbas.  Vmhbas are storage host bus adapters (HBAs) that are registered with the VMkernel. Vmhbas include SCSI and SATA HBAs, but not USB or IDE HBAs. This type of...

Resizing a virtual disk containing a swap file results in the blue screen error: 0x0000007A KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR

SymptomsAfter increasing the size of the VMDK for a Windows virtual machine that contains the swap file, you may experience these symptoms:Rescanning in Disk Management causes the virtual machine to failYou see this blue screen...

Restarting the Management agents on an ESXi or ESX host

PurposeFor troubleshooting purposes, it may be necessary to restart the management agents on your ESX host. This article provides steps to restart the management agents (mgmt-vmware and vmware-vpxa) directly on ESX or ESXi.This...

Running the Command esxupdate query Does Not Show Obsolete Entries After Upgrading ESX Server 3.0.x to ESX Server 3.5 Update 1

DetailsRunning the command esxupdate query does not show obsolete entries after performing an upgrade using the upgrade fileupgrade-from-esx3.0.x-3.5.0_Update_1.zip from ESX Server 3.0.x to ESX Server 3.5 Update 1. The...

Running vSphere CLI 4.0 commands against ESX/ESXi 3.5 systems

DetailsYou can run vSphere Command-Line Interface (vSphere CLI) 4.0 commands against vSphere 4.0 and ESX/ESXi 3.5 systems. A parity table in the vSphere Command-Line Interface Installation and Reference Guide gives detailed...

Safe import of virtual machines to ESX/ESXi

DetailsThis KB provides guidance on safe importing of virtual machines (VMs) and explains why .vmdk files should not be imported without any sanitization. Virtual machines are made from configuration files and content files....

SAS Link and Port Failovers with the Intel Modular Server Running Update 3 and Later Versions of ESX 3.5 and ESXi 3.5.

DetailsOn my ESX Server with Dell OpenManage installed, I notice regular spikes of very high CPU utilization.SolutionThe magnitude of the spike in CPU utilization is a metering artifact of the IPMI interface. The IPMI system...

SAS Link and Port Failovers with the Intel Modular Server Running Update 3 and Later Versions of ESX 3.5 and ESXi 3.5.

DetailsESX 3.5 U3 and ESXi U3 are the first releases of ESX 3.x to provide official VMware support for the internal SAS networked storage that exists within the Intel® Modular Server.  VMware has identified an interoperability...

Script error when downloading objects with file type .tar.gz

SymptomsWhen attempting to download an object with the file type .tar.gz, you see script errors.All other attached objects are successfully downloaded.CauseThe .tar.gz file type has a gzip header so the controls...

Scripted Installation of ESX Server Fails When Network Switch Is Configured with a Large STP Forwarding Delay

DetailsIf a network switch is configured with a large Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) forwarding delay, the ESX Server installation might fail because the installer might time out waiting to obtain either a...

Security Response to CVE-2006-6097: Path Traversal Flaw in the Way GNU tar Extracted Archives

Details VMware Security ResponseCVE identifierCVE-2006-6097SynopsisPath traversal flaw in the way GNU tar extracted archivesCVE URLhttp://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2006-6097Response issued onDecember 20,...

Sharing Bluetooth devices with a virtual machine

PurposeFusion 4, Player 4 and Workstation 8 introduce the ability to connect individual Bluetooth devices to virtual machines. Previously, the Bluetooth radio could be connected to a virtual machine. This required...

Software iSCSI LUNs disappear after rebooting or upgrading the ESX/ESXi host

SymptomsAfter rebooting or upgrading the ESX/ESXi host, the Software iSCSI LUNs disappearAfter upgrading from ESXi 4.x to ESXi 5.0 the Software iSCSI adapter is missingThe iSCSI initiator cannot find the targets presented to...

Some Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters Are Not Initialized When Boot BIOS Is Enabled

DetailsEnabling Boot BIOS on Qlogic/Emulex HBAs prevents the HBAs from initializing with the following error message:PCI resource allocation failure This problem is caused by the HBAs' memory usage during initial bootup. This is a...

Staging and remediating ESX/ESXi 4.0 or 4.1 patches using Update Manager fails

SymptomsAttempting to stage or remediate ESX/ESXi 4.0 or 4.1 patches with VMware Update Manager failsYou see the error: Cannot download VIB files from patch source.The vmware-vum-server-log4cpp.log file shows that Update...

Storage VMotion fails with the error: Failed to unstun VM after disk reparent

DetailsStorage VMotion fails for a virtual machineYou see the error:Failed to unstun VM after disk reparent. The virtual machine is partially migrated and powered off. Generally, the virtual machine cannot be powered on...

The vCenter Server Hardware Status tab reports an Unknown status for the power supply of the VMware-certified server

SymptomsIn the vCenter Server Hardware Status tab, the power supply information appears as Unknown, when using hardware that has been certified by VMware, according to the HCLNote: To view the hardware status information, in vCenter...

Tracking ESX host user logins and activities

PurposeThis article provides commands to track user information on users that log in to the Service Console of the ESX host.ResolutionNote: This article does not apply to ESXi hosts.The /var/log/messages and...

Troubleshooting an ESX Firewall Process that is not responding

DetailsYou cannot ping the ESX host.You cannot successfully connect via SSH or the Virtual Infrastructure Client.The ESX host may show as Not Responding in Virtual Center Management Server.Sourcing a ping from the...

UCS Blade loses configuration after reboot in VMware ESXi 5.0.x

SymptomsUCS Blades booting from FCoE/iSCSI SAN revert to a previous state after reboot.The ESXi 5.0 Bootbank points to /tmp and/or no altbootbank exists.You are unable to install VMware Tools in virtual machines.You are unable...

Unable to export to SMB with ESXi hosts using vCenter Lab Manager

SymptomsCannot export to SMB with ESXi hosts using vCenter Lab ManagerYou are unable to use smbmount when using vCenter Lab Manager  Cannot find any suitable hosts connected to the...

Unable to import ESX/ESXi 4.1 upgrade package to VMware Update Manager 4.1

SymptomsCannot import the ESX/ESXi 4.1 upgrade package to VMware Update Manager 4.1Import Upgrade Releases option is greyed outUnable to upload upgrade files via Host Upgrade Releases tabResolutionTo import upgrade packages, you must...

Unable to mount a floppy image in vCenter Server

SymptomsDatastore browser shows vmimages directory on the ESXi host as empty in vCenter ServerCannot see the vmimages/floppies directory in vCenter ServerContents of the vmimages/floppies directory is...

Unable to power on a virtual machine due to an invalid value

SymptomsUnable to power on virtual machineYou receive the following error:The power on operation failed unexpectedlyVMware Infrastructure Client generates the following error: Invalid Value "/vmware.log" for...

Unable to scan, stage, or remediate ESXi 5.0 hosts with Update Manager after importing the ESXi 5.0 offline bundle

SymptomsYou cannot scan, stage, or remediate an ESXi 5.0 host with Update Manager after importing the ESXi 5.0 offline  bundleVMware-ESXi-5.0.0-469512-depot.zipThis issue does not affect ESX/ESXi 4.x hostsYou see this error...

Understanding virtual machine snapshots in VMware ESXi and ESX

SymptomsThis article may be helpful when you encounter these issues:Virtual machines are not responding or cannot start due to broken parent and child virtual disk dependencies.Virtual machines are not responding or do not start due to...

Uninstalling PowerPath VE on ESXi 5.0

PurposeThis article provides steps to uninstall PowerPath VE on ESXi 5.0. You may want to use this procedure when:You are unable to remove the PowerPath claimrule using the esxcli storage core claimrule removecommand.Even after...

Unpresenting a LUN in ESXi 5.x

PurposeThis article provides steps on how to unpresent a LUN from an ESXi 5.x host which includes unmounting the file system and detaching the device. These steps must be performed for each ESXi host.ResolutionRemoving a LUN in ESX/ESXi...

Updating an ESX host using vCenter Update Manager

PurposeThis article provides a quick reference to the information needed for updating an ESX host using vCenter Update Manager.Note: Because each environment is different, many configuration decisions require knowledge and...

Upgrading an ESX/ESXi 4.x host with the Cisco Nexus 1000V to ESXi 5.0 using Update Manager

PurposeUpgrading an ESX 4.x host that is presently a member of the Cisco Nexus 1000V DVS should be performed using VMware Update Manager.  In this example, an ESX 4.0 host on the N1K DVS version 4.2(1)SV1(4a) will be upgraded to...

Upgrading ESXi 3.5 hosts with OEM server vendor’s specific components to ESXi 4.0

PurposeThis article describes the process for reinstalling the OEM server vendor’s specific components after upgrading an existing host running ESXi 3.5 to 4.0.ResolutionESXi 3.5 is available with and without management providers created...

Upgrading to ESX Server 3 Version 3.5 When the Root Partition Is Nearly Full Might Cause Incomplete System Configuration

DetailsWhen you upgrade to ESX Server 3 version 3.5, the system configuration might be incomplete. In some cases, the upgrade might appear to be successful, but networking will not work. The log files (for...

Upgrading to ESXi 4.1.x using Update Manager or the vSphere Host Update Utility fails with an error

DetailsUpgrading to ESXi 4.1.x using Update Manager or the vSphere Host Update Utility fails with the following error:ERROR: Unsupported boot diskThe boot device layout on the host does not support upgradeThis issue occurs when ESXi 3.5...

Upgrading to vCenter Server 4.0 fails with the error: Setup failed with an unknown error during DSN validation

SymptomsUpgrading from vCenter Server (VirtualCenter) 2.5.x to vCenter Server 4.0 failsYou cannot upgrade from vCenter Server 2.5.x to vCenter Server 4.0After entering credentials for your DSN, you see the error:Setup failed...

Upgrading vCenter Server 4.0 to a later update or to vCenter Server 4.1 with a local SQL database and vCenter Server Heartbeat 5.5 Update 2 or earlier installed

SymptomsThis article provides steps to upgrade vCenter Server 4.0, vCenter Server 4.0 Update 1, or vCenter Server 4.0 Update 2 to a later vCenter Server update or to vCenter Server 4.1 with a local SQL database and vCenter Server...

Upgrading vCenter Server 4.1 installed with vCenter Heartbeat 6.4 to vCenter Server 5.0

PurposeThis article provides steps and best practices to upgrade vCenter Server 4.1 installed with vCenter Heartbeat 6.4 to vCenter Server 5.0. This is not a comprehensive guide and should only be used as a guideline. For more...

Upgrading VMware Tools Using RPM on a Linux Guest Imported from Workstation Might Fail

DetailsUpgrading VMware Tools using RPM on a Linux guest might fail with a message similar to the following:Error: unpacking of archive failed on file /usr/lib/vmware-tools/lib32/libXrender.so.1: cpio: rename failed - Is a directoryThis...

USB device connected to a Windows virtual machine gets disconnected if the virtual machine enters the sleep mode

SymptomsAfter leaving the computer idle for some time, you see that your Windows virtual machine gets suspended.When you reconnect the USB device to your Windows virtual machine, you see a message indicating that the device was not...

USB Is Not Working after Upgrading to ESX Server 3.0.2

DetailsAfter performing an upgrade from ESX Server 3.0.1 to ESX Server 3.0.2, you are unable to use USB-attached devices and remote access tools such as iLO and DRAC. This is caused by an error in the upgrade process that removes...

USB support for ESX/ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5.0

PurposeESX/ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5.0 supports USB device passthrough from an ESX or ESXi to a virtual machine. This article provides information on:USB device passthrough requirements and limitationsHow to add a USB controller...

Using Antivirus and Malware Detection software in VMware ESX/ESXi

PurposeThis article provides information on usage of Antivirus and Malware Detection software in VMware ESX/ESXiResolutionVMware uses a combination of on-host security (such as firewalls, encryption, and disablement of unnecessary...

Using ESXi 4.x installation media for access to virtual machine files

PurposeThis article provides guidelines for accessing virtual machines on local storage when the ESXi server installation is unable to boot successfully. This article uses the ESXi 4.x Install DVD as a live environment for...

Using ESXi Shell in ESXi 5.x

PurposeThis article provides guidance on the recommended use of ESXi Shell for VMware ESXi 5.x.ResolutionThe ESXi Shell (formerly known as Tech Support Mode) provides essential maintenance commands. It can be used in exceptional cases...

Using HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 Technology with VMware ESX and ESXi 3.5 Update 3

SymptomsThe following issues occur when HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 is used with VMware ESX and ESXi 3.5 Update 3:Currently, VMware High Availability (HA) does not function properly with ESXi 3.5 Update 3 (embedded and installable) hosts...

Using IBM DB2 - 9.7.2 database with vCenter Server 4.1 Update 1

DetailsWhen using IBM DB2 9.7.2 database with vCenter Server 4.1 Update 1, you need to ensure that:Only IBM DB2 -9.7.2 64-bit client is used to access the database.IBM DB2 -9.7.2 32-bit client and 64-bit client do not co-exist on...

Using Tech Support Mode in ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5.x

PurposeThis article provides guidance on the recommended use of Tech Support Mode for VMware ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5.x.For instructions on how to enter Tech Support Mode for VMware ESXi 4.0 and 3.5, see Tech Support Mode for...

Using the proper upgrade bundle when upgrading an ESX/ESXi 4.x host to a newer version

SymptomsVMware provides several upgrade bundle files to upgrade your ESX or ESXi 4.x host. However, each bundle file can only be used in specific in specific upgrade scenarios.  If you use the...

Using VMware Converter to convert Microsoft Cluster (MSCS) nodes to virtual machines (1002661)

Details This article describes the procedure of converting Microsoft Cluster (MSCS) nodes to a set of virtual machines with VMware Converter. Solution To convert Microsoft Cluster (MSCS) nodes to a set of virtual machines:...

Using vShieldZones 1.0 with ESX 4.1

PurposeThis article provides steps to use vSheild Zones 1.0 with ESX 4.1.ResolutionTo use vShield Zones 1.0 with ESX 4.1, you must install vShield Zones 1.0 Update 1. vShield Zones updates are available as offline updates....

vCenter Server MSSQL DB upgrade from vCenter Server 4.x to 5.x fails

DetailsWhen upgrading a vCenter Server Microsoft SQL Server (MSSQL) database from vCenter Server 4.x to 5.x, the upgrade fails with the following error messages: Failed to execute command: create unique clustered...

VEM module not coming up when lowest numbered vmnic on Nexus 1000v (N1K) is down

SymptomsThe VEM module does not come up when the lowest numbered vmnic on N1K is down.CauseThe following conditions may contribute to this issue:Note: In this example, VEM module is up and port-channel mac-pinning...

Verify the health of the ESX host operating system

SymptomsThe ESX host seems slowThere are a lot of errors in the log filesAccessing the ESX host over a SSH session is slowOperations performed on the ESX host time outPurposeThere are many ways to look at...

Verifying that the vCenter Server Agent Service is running on an ESX host

PurposeFor troubleshooting purposes, it may be necessary to verify if the vCenter Server Agent Service (vmware-vpxa) is running. This article provides you with the steps to check if the Agent Service is running on your ESX...

Verifying the networking within a Linux based guest operating system

SymptomsVirtual machine does not have network connectivityVirtual machine cannot connect to the networkPurposeThis article provides steps to verify the network connectivity within a Linux based guest operating system.ResolutionIf you are...

VI Client Might Incorrectly Display RDM LUNs in Physical Compatibility Mode as Available Disk when Storage Virtualization Devices Are Used

DetailsIn an environment with storage virtualization devices (SVD), VI Client might incorrectly display RDM LUNs, which are in physical compatibility mode, as available disk in the Add Storage wizard. This situation can potentially cause...

Viewing the ESX Hardware Status fails in vCenter Server 4.x

SymptomsIf you try to view Hardware Status information for an ESX in vCenter Server 4.0, you see the error:The hardware monitoring service is not availableIn the vws.log file of vCenter Server, you see errors similar...

Virtual Machine Is Powered On, On Multiple ESX Hosts

DetailsIntermittent network and intermittent SAN issues occurring at the same time might result in conditions like unreachable SAN or high latencies. This situation might cause HA to power on the same virtual machine on a second ESX...

vm-support might fail on ESXi systems with many virtual machines if run on the root partition

DetailsWhen using the vm-support data-collection utility on an ESXi host, either via the command-line or the vSphere client, it stores data in a temporary location under /var/tmp/. This is a symbolic link...

VMkernel default route gets removed after reboot when the service console uses an IP address acquired via DHCP. With S/W iSCSI enabled, Loss of access to iSCSI targets will occur upon reboot

DetailsService console IP address is set to DHCP vmkernel default route is set to 0.0.0.0 after reboot of ESX server Failed to establish connection to iscsi targets, vmkernel logs the following errorsiSCSI: bus 0...

VMKlinux Runs Out of Memory when Using an mptsas System with More Than 128 LUNs

DetailsFor each path from an initiator to a LUN target, a fixed amount of memory is allocated during a scan. The memory is allocated from a fixed-size heap, and if too many paths are created, the demand for memory can exceed this...

VMware ESX 3.5 Update 4, Patch ESX350-200903203-UG: Updates RPM Components

DetailsRelease Date: March 30, 2009 Download Size: 1.8MBDownload Filename: ESX350-200903203-UG.zip md5sum: fd215646bfaa257a796e3c108c705c6bProduct VersionsESX 3.5 Update 4Build153875Also see KB...

VMware ESX 3.5 Update 4, Patch ESX350-200903204-UG: Updates CIM and Pegasus

DetailsRelease Date: March 30, 2009 Download Size: 25MBDownload Filename: ESX350-200903204-UG.zip md5sum: 5e782acbadafbda611f16035018fbe02Product VersionsESX 3.5 Update 4Build153875Also see KB...

VMware ESX 3.5 Update 4, Patch ESX350-200903215-UG: Updates bnx2 Driver for Broadcom

DetailsRelease Date: March 30, 2009   Download Size: 232KB Download Filename: ESX350-200903215-UG.zip md5sum: 00a10d103065f739a5eb41d79f420b6dProduct VersionsESX 3.5 Update 4Build153875Also...

VMware ESX 3.5 Update 4, Patch ESX350-200903228-UG: Updates Net-SNMP

DetailsRelease Date: March 30, 2009 Download Size: 2.2MB Download Filename: ESX350-200903228-UG.zip md5sum: b04beb33f5af88c5c44bc5ab4d3a993cProduct VersionsESX 3.5 Update 4Build153875Also...

VMware ESX 3.5 Update 4, Patch ESX350-200903229-UG: Includes forcedeth Driver 0.6

DetailsRelease Date: March 30, 2009 Download Size: 64KB Download Filename: ESX350-200903229-UG.zip md5sum: 2507085790d616f48610dc21d46a4c71Product VersionsESX 3.5 Update 4Build153875Also see KB...

VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-2000901406-BG: Updates Kernel Source and VMNIX

DetailsRelease Date: Jan. 30, 2009Download Size: 48.5MB Download Filename: ESX350-2000901406-BG.zip md5sum: 66e6ef7be4746eaa6bc9d84966ca74c7Product VersionsESX 3.5Patch...

VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200808402-BG: Updates the Service Console Kernel

DetailsRelease Date: 18-Sep-2008Document Last Updated: 18-Sep-2008Download Size: 48MB Download Filename: ESX350-200808402-BG.zip md5sum: efa7650b8780332d900615409db50254Product VersionsESX 3.5Patch...

VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200808406-SG: Security Update to the Perl Package of the Service Console

DetailsRelease Date: 18-Sep-2008Document Last Updated: 18-Sep-2008Download Size: 11MB Download Filename: ESX350-200808406-SG.zip md5sum: 6916a5ea5533948ce17e4f4e7f61cd02Product VersionsESX 3.5Patch...

VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200808408-BG: Updates ESX Scripts

DetailsRelease Date: 18-Sep-2008Document Last Updated: 25-Sep-2008 - fixed broken link in Deployment Considerations  Download Size: 303KB Download...

VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200808413-SG: Security Update to cim-smwg for the Openwsman Component of the Service Console

DetailsRelease Date: 18-Sep-2008Document Last Updated: 18-Sep-2008Download Size: 2.1MB Download Filename: ESX350-200808413-SG.zip md5sum: 2a683d099c28315475db53bd459dcc07Product VersionsESX 3.5Patch...

VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200809404-SG: Security Update to VMware-esx-vmx

DetailsRelease Date: 03-Oct-2008Download Size: 107MB Download Filename: ESX350-200809404-SG.zip md5sum: ee7e7f09e3a1e0aa4cc4b042a9a91a22Product VersionsESX 3.5Patch...

VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200810203-UG: Updates MPT SCSI Driver

DetailsRelease Date: 11-06-2008Download Size: 168KB Download Filename: ESX350-200810203-UG.zip md5sum: 50e7f83fa740e424fe844aa9f968318bProduct VersionsESX 3.5 Update 3Patch...

VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200810207-UG: Updates SCSI Driver for QLogic FC HBAs

DetailsRelease Date: 11-06-2008Download Size: 1.1MB Download Filename: ESX350-200810207-UG.zip md5sum: 1d13482451acfaf08cce3b8a30ceffa6Product VersionsESX 3.5 Update 3Patch...

VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200901404-BG: Updates VMware Tools

DetailsRelease Date: Jan. 30, 2009Download Size: 105MB Download Filename: ESX350-200901404-BG.zip md5sum: eaf6adf56f9753a83dec59051c97c72eProduct VersionsESX 3.5Patch...

VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200901405-BG: Updates VMware-esx-lnxcfg

DetailsRelease Date: Jan. 30, 2009Download Size: 33.3KB Download Filename: ESX350-200901405-BG.zip md5sum: 0355746da6e2dead1f528a5eef75704dProduct VersionsESX 3.5Patch...

VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200901407-BG: Updates Pegasus

DetailsRelease Date: Jan. 30, 2009Download Size: 18.3MB Download Filename: ESX350-200901407-BG.zip md5sum: d849b76a9a17329878d9b96d57efdd22Product VersionsESX 3.5Patch...

VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200901408-BG: Updates SATA Drivers

DetailsRelease Date: Jan. 30, 2009Download Size: 429KB Download Filename: ESX350-200901408-BG.zip md5sum: 48c533fd2db8e1b12e5e58b594160a49Product VersionsESX 3.5Patch...

VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200901409-SG: Security Update for SNMP in the Service Console

DetailsRelease Date: Jan. 30, 2009Download Size: 2.18MB Download Filename: ESX350-200901409-SG.zip md5sum: 2c75cd848d9f3c51619b9a7bd60d20a3 Product VersionsESX 3.5Patch...

VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200903411-BG: Updates the bnx2x Driver for Broadcom

DetailsRelease Date: March 20, 2009 Download Size: 766KBDownload Filename: ESX350-200903411-BG.zip md5sum: ee9f812403d591dd2e513b2d771ad793Product VersionsESX 3.5Build153840Also see KB 1001179.Patch...

VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200904401-BG: Updates vmkernel vmx hostd etc

DetailsRelease Date: April 29, 2009 Download Size: 241 MB Download Filename: ESX350-200904401-BG.zip md5sum: 01847ced394a0556f99ca4c55b2174bf Product VersionsESX 3.5Build158874Also see KB...

VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200904402-SG: Updates ESX Scripts

DetailsRelease Date: April 29, 2009 Download Size: 336 KB Download Filename: ESX350-200904402-SG.zip md5sum: 627df36ab637a99cfc6f5ec6ac04c9c7 Product VersionsESX 3.5Build158874Also see KB...

VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200904403-BG: Updates bnx2 Driver for Broadcom

DetailsRelease Date: April 29, 2009 Download Size: 232 KB Download Filename: ESX350-200904403-BG.zip md5sum: 9c01c567217ee5d9d2e829aae88cbbddProduct VersionsESX 3.5Build158874Also see KB...

VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200905401-BG: Updates vmkernel and hostd RPMs

DetailsRelease Date: May 28, 2009 Download Size: 117 MB Download Filename: ESX350-200905401-BG.zip md5sum: 77fd33ac10b8c8d1574d968e7aaf5baf Product VersionsESX 3.5Build163429Also see KB...

VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200906401-BG : Updates vmkctl and vmkernel RPMs

DetailsRelease Date: June 30, 2009Download Size: 22 MB Download Filename: ESX350-200906401-BG.zip md5sum: 803ecd0f076a5c61a71dda71b16ead45 Product VersionsESX 3.5Build169697Patch...

VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200906406-BG:Updates VMware Tools

DetailsRelease Date: June 30, 2009Download Size: 114 MBDownload Filename: ESX350-200906406-BG.zip md5sum: 01250755b553a4fd6d2425cbeaca078fProduct VersionsESX 3.5Build169697Patch...

VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-201006401-SG: Updates VMkernel, VMware Tools, hostd, VMX, VMnix

DetailsRelease Date: June 24, 2010Download Size:321.1MBDownload Filename: ESX350-201006401-SG.zipmd5sum:b89fb8a51c4a896bc0bf297b57645d1d Product VersionsESX 3.5Build259926Patch...

VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-201012401-SG: Updates VMkernel, hostd, and VMX

DetailsRelease Date: December 7, 2010Download Size: 139.8MBDownload Filename: ESX350-201012401-BG.zipmd5sum:a8b1d9e4eabd14b6822bd1f8bf6dbf69 Product VersionsESX 3.5Build317866Patch...

VMware ESX 4.0, Patch ESX400-201002401-BG: Updates vmkernel64, vmx, hostd, etc

DetailsRelease Date: March 3, 2010Download Size:607.4 MBDownload Filename:ESX400-201002001.zipmd5sum:de62cbccaffa4b2b6831617f18c1ccb4sha1sum:4083f191fa4acd6600c9a87e4852f9f5700e91abProduct VersionsESX 4.0Build236512Also see KB...

VMware ESX 4.0, Patch ESX400-201105201-UG: Updates the VMware ESX 4.0 Core and CIM components

DetailsRelease date: May 05, 2011Patch ClassificationCriticalBuild InformationFor build information, see KB 1031732.Also see KB 1012514.Host Reboot RequiredYesVirtual Machine Migration or Shutdown RequiredYesPRs Fixed454804,...

VMware ESX 4.1 Patch ESX410-201104401-SG: Updates VMkernel, VMX, CIM

DetailsRelease date: April 28, 2011Patch ClassificationSecurityBuildFor build information, see KB 1035110.Host Reboot RequiredYesVirtual Machine Migration or Shutdown RequiredYesPRs Fixed671984, 674903, 665217, 652611, 630472,...

VMware ESX and ESXi 4.0 Comparison

PurposeThis article provides a detailed comparison of VMware ESX and ESXi 4.0. The article is separated into capabilities or features and compared at that level.ResolutionCapabilityVMware ESXVMware ESXiService ConsoleService Console...

VMware ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200802306-BG: Daylight Saving Time Update

DetailsRelease Date: 3/10/08Document Last Updated: 3/10/08 Download Size: 334 KB Download Filename: ESX350-200802306-BG.zip md5sum: 6e9230e521fec6cba83e9abe7e86cc0aProduct VersionsESX Server...

VMware ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200802404-BG: Resolves DMA Issues on LSI 1078 and 106XE HBAs

DetailsRelease Date: 3/10/2008Document Last Updated: 3/10/2008 Download Size: 168 KBDownload Filename: ESX350-200802404-BG.zipmd5sum: 1e1a0a62d37583d5277f8c893f9cbd04Product VersionsESX Server 3.5Patch...

VMware ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200802409-BG: Fix for Reset Issue with CD-ROM Controller, VMkernel Update for bnx2 Driver

DetailsRelease Date: 3/10/2008Document Last Updated: 3/10/2008 Download Size: 48.2 MBDownload Filename: ESX350-200802409-BG.zipmd5sum: eb02c50694d3e88ffb2d84e851ce7200Product VersionsESX Server 3.5Patch...

VMware ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200802414-BG: Discrete Sensors Report Wrong Information to Monitors

VMware ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200802414-BG: Discrete Sensors Report Wrong Information to MonitorsDetailsRelease Date: 3/10/2008Document Last Updated: 3/10/2008 Download Size: 1.7 MB Download...

VMware ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200803206-UG: Update to VMware-esx-drivers-scsi-lpfc_elx_v740

DetailsRelease Date: 10 APR 2008 Document Last Updated: 10 APR 2008 Download Size: 350 KB Download Filename: ESX350-200803206-UG.zip md5sum:e02d67dd5f5dca242e60cf88ffaa7e19Product VersionsESX...

VMware ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200803208-UG: Update to the esxupdate utility

DetailsRelease Date: 4/10/2008Document Last Updated: 4/10/2008 Download Size: 301 KB Download Filename: ESX350-200803208-UG.zipmd5sum:8d66380e402512254d96b451b6cb0bb5Product VersionsESX Server 3.5Patch...

VMware ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200803210-UG: Update to VMware-esx-drivers-net-bnx2-350.1.5.10b.1vmw

DetailsRelease Date: 10 APR 2008 Document Last Updated: 10 APR 2008 Download Size: 2.3 MB Download Filename: ESX350-200803210-UG.zip md5sum:ff4f28bd873396117815bde17362425a Product VersionsESX...

VMware ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200803212-UG: Update to VMware-esx-drivers-scsi-qla4010 and VMware-esx-drivers-scsi-qla4022

DetailsRelease Date: 10 APR 2008 Document Last Updated: 10 APR 2008 Download Size: 0.44 MB Download Filename: ESX350-200803212-UG.zip md5sum: e0414383b3712200c22da5cb77475b0aProduct...

VMware ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200804401-BG: Update to VMware-esx-vmkernel

DetailsRelease Date: 30 APR 2008 Document Last Updated: 30 APR 2008 Download Size: 19 MB Download Filename: ESX350-200804401-BG.zip md5sum: c2fd49d56a5afdbc449454ade5fe0365Product VersionsESX...

VMware ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200805504-SG: Security Update to the Service Console for Cyrus SASL

DetailsRelease Date: 03 JUNE 2008 Document Last Updated: 03 JUNE 2008 Download Size: 280 KB Download Filename: ESX350-200805504-SG.zip md5sum: 4c1b1a8dcb09a636b55c64c290f7de51Product...

VMware ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200805515-SG: Security Update to Fix Local Exploitation of an Untrusted Library Path Vulnerability in vmware-authd

DetailsRelease Date: 03 JUNE 2008Document Last Updated: 03 JUNE 2008 Download Size: 4.8 MB Download Filename: ESX350-200805515-SG.zip md5sum: 324b50ade230bcd5079a76e3636163c5 Product...

VMware ESX/ESXi 4.1 host with Broadcom bnx2x (in-box driver version 1.54.1.v41.1-1vmw) experiences a loss of network connectivity and a purple diagnostic screen

SymptomsIf you are using VMware ESX or ESXi 4.1 with the Broadcom bnx2x (in-box driver version 1.54.1.v41.1-1vmw), you may experience some of these symptoms:A loss of network connectivity from the hostA purple diagnostic screen occursThe...

VMware ESX/ESXi 4.1 host with Broadcom bnx2x driver version 1.60.50.v41.2 experiences intermittent loss of network connectivity on HP Blades with Virtual Connect

SymptomsIf you are using VMware ESX or ESXi 4.1 with the Broadcom bnx2x driver version 1.60.50.v41.2, you may experience these symptoms:An intermittent loss of network connectivity to or from the host.The network interface link...

VMware ESXi 4.0, Patch ESXi400-201003401-BG: Updates Firmware

DetailsRelease Date: April 1, 2010 Download Size: 61.7MBDownload Filename: ESXi400-201003001.zipmd5sum: cabd29ee5026a9f54154bf55aab1065esha1sum:6b1443b3b819366879b8754f271500f3fe47e289Product VersionsESXi...

VMware ESXi 4.0, Patch ESXi400-Update02: VMware ESXi 4.0 Update 2

DetailsRelease Date: June 10, 2010Build: 261974Host Reboot Required: YesVirtual Machine Migration or Shutdown Required: YesDownload Size: 299.7 MB Download...

VMware ESXi 4.0, Patch ESXi400-Update03: VMware ESXi 4.0 Update 3

DetailsRelease Date: May 05, 2011Download Filenameupdate-from-esxi4.0-4.0_update03.zip Build 403554 Download Size:286.7MBmd5sum01bb395825b55b21ec5ea9a5e2ec2c4b sha1sumca49bbf154278568a71caf1a5288ac9239dfaf7fHost...

VMware ESXi 4.1, Patch ESXi410-201110201-SG Updates the VMware ESXi 4.1 Firmware

DetailsProduct VersionESXi 4.1 Update 2.Patch ClassificationSecurityBuild InformationFor build information, see KB 2002338.Host Reboot RequiredYesVirtual Machine Migration or Shutdown RequiredYesPRs Fixed519340, 520171, 530465,...

VMware ESXi 4.1, Patch ESXi410-201110202-UG: Updates the VMware ESXi 4.1 Tools

DetailsProduct VersionESXi 4.1 Update 2.Patch ClassificationCriticalBuild InformationFor build information, see KB 2002338.Host Reboot RequiredNoVirtual Machine Migration or Shutdown RequiredNoPRs Fixed607645, 608251, 616065,...

VMware ESXi 4.1, Patch ESXi410-201205401-SG: Updates Firmware

DetailsRelease date: May 3, 2012Patch ClassificationSecurity See KB 2014447 if using Update Manager 5.0BuildFor build information, see KB 2019860.Host Reboot RequiredYesVirtual Machine Migration or Shutdown...

VMware ESXi 4.1, Patch ESXi410-Update02: VMware ESXi 4.1 Update 2

DetailsRelease Date: October 27, 2011 Download Filenameupdate-from-esxi4.1-4.1_update02 Build 502767 Download Size217.4 MBmd5sum57e34b500ce543d778f230da1d44e412 sha1sum52f4378e2f1a29c908493182ccbde91d58b4112fHost...

VMware ESXi 4.1, Patch Release ESXi410-201107001

DetailsRelease Date: July 28, 2011Download FilenameESXi410-201107001.zip Build 433742 Download Size:215.6 MBmd5sumc6700839e24464c215e9d8c2e67f9cd1 sha1sumf95d2693d79b16442878a6f10c16af71ff4fefdfHost Reboot Required:...

VMware ESXi 4.1, Patch Release ESXi410-201201001

DetailsRelease Date: January 30, 2012 Download FilenameESXi410-201201001.zip Build 582267 Download Size217.3 MBmd5sumbdf86f10a973346e26c9c2cd4c424e88 sha1sumcc0b92869a9aae4f5e0e5b81bee109bcd7da780fHost Reboot...

VMware ESXi 5.0 Patch ESXi500-201112405-BG: Updates net-be2net

DetailsRelease date: December 15, 2011Patch CategoryBug FixPatch SeverityLowBuildFor build information see KB 2007680.Host Reboot RequiredYesVirtual Machine Migration or Shutdown RequiredYesAffected HardwareN/AAffected...

VMware ESXi 5.0 Patch ESXi500-201204401-BG: Updates tools-light

DetailsRelease date: April 12, 2012Patch CategoryBug FixPatch SeverityImportantBuildFor build information see KB 2015460Host Reboot RequiredNoVirtual Machine Migration or Shutdown RequiredNoAffected HardwareN/AAffected...

VMware ESXi 5.0 Patch Image Profile ESXi-5.0.0-20111204001-standard

DetailsRelease date: December 15, 2011Profile NameESXi-5.0.0-20111204001-standardBuildFor build information see KB 2007680VendorVMware, Inc Creation DateOctober 31, 2011Acceptance LevelPartnerAffected HardwareN/AAffected...

VMware ESXi 5.0 Patch Release ESXi500-201112001

DetailsRelease Date: December 15, 2011Download Filename:ESXi500-201112001.zip Build:515841 Download Size:297.7 MBmd5sum:107ec1cf6ee1d5d5cb8ea5c05b05cc10 sha1sum:aff63c8a170508c8c0f21a60d1ea75ef1922096dHost Reboot Required:...

VMware ESXi 5.0 Security-only Image Profile ESXi-5.0.0-20120301001s-standard

DetailsRelease date: March 15, 2012  Profile NameESXi-5.0.0-20120301001s-standardBuildFor build information, see KB 2010823.VendorVMware, Inc.Release DateMarch 15, 2012Acceptance LevelPartnerSupportedAffected...

VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201203204-UG: Updates the VMware ESXi 5.0 scsi-megaraid-sas vib

DetailsRelease Date: March 15, 2012 Patch CategoryEnhancementPatch SeverityImportantBuildFor build information, see KB 2010823.Host Reboot RequiredYesVirtual Machine Migration or Shutdown RequiredYesAffected HardwareN/AAffected...

VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch ESXi500-201203209-UG: Updates the VMware ESXi 5.0 net-nx-nic vib

DetailsRelease Date: March 15, 2012 Patch CategoryBugfixPatch SeverityImportantBuildFor build information, see KB 2010823.Host Reboot RequiredYesVirtual Machine Migration or Shutdown RequiredYesAffected HardwareN/AAffected...

VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch Release ESXi500-201206001

SolutionSummaries and SymptomsThis patch release contains security fixes for ESXi. For more information, see the KB article for the individual bulletin. For information about the issues fixed with the ESXi-5.0.0-20120604001-standard...

VMware ESXi, Patch ESXe350-200907403-T-BG: Updates Tools

DetailsRelease Date: July 30, 2009Download Size: 223 MBDownload Filename: ESXe350-200907401-O-SG.zipmd5sum: efe6c0118217248872061528c624ade0Note: The three ESXi patches for Firmware "I", VMware Tools "T," andthe VI...

VMware HA Log is filling up the File System

DetailsThe VMware High Availability log file located /opt/lgtoaam512/log/rule/vmwareclustermanager.tracereaches 1-2 GB in size.SolutionYou must create an additional job in logrotate to control the size of the log.As user...

VMware Security Patches Upgrade Guide

SolutionStarting PointProductVersionRequired ActionSecurity Patch NeededESXi 5.05.0 and any patch or update releases before July 12, 2012No additional steps needed.Apply security patch available...

VMware support for USB/SD devices used for installing VMware ESXi

PurposeThis article provides clarification of VMware support for ESXi Installable deployed on a USB or SD flash storage devices.ResolutionYou can install ESXi to a USB or SD flash storage device directly attached to the...

VMware Tools may not install on a Windows guest operating system after upgrading to a newer version of ESX/ESXi

SymptomsVMware Tools does not install on a Windows 2008/2003 guest operating system after upgrading to a newer version of ESX/ESXi.Automatic installation of VMware Tools fails.Interactive installation of the VMware Tools tries to...

VMware Tools status shows as not running after running VMware Consolidated Backup

SymptomsDuring the normal VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) operation, the VMware Tools status changes from OK to Not Running for some time during the initial snapshot operation, but it returns...

VMware vCenter Server 4.1.x hangs during MSI installation

SymptomsVMware vCenter Server 4.1 U1 Windows installation hangs during Apache Tomcat installation.PurposeThis article provides information on what causes a vCenter server installation to fail at Apache Tomcat, and on resolving the...

VMware VirtualCenter and VMware ESX Server Provide Datastore URLs with Different Formats

DetailsWhat are the formats for datastore URLs in VMware VirtualCenter and VMware ESX Server?SolutionVMware VirtualCenter and VMware ESX Server use different formatting for datastore URLs.VMware VirtualCenter uses the...

vSphere 5.0 upgrade pre-installation requirements and considerations

PurposeThis article provides a quick reference of items to be considered before upgrading to vSphere 5.0, and what steps will be necessary to perform a successful migration. Note: Many installation decisions require knowledge and...

Windows 32bit virtual machines with the ESX 4.0 Update 1 VMware Tools XPDM SVGA II graphics driver installed fail

SymptomsIf you have Windows 32bit virtual machines with more than 3 GB memory and the ESX 4.0 Update 1 version of VMware Tools with the VMware XPDM SVGA II graphics driver installed, you may experience these...

Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 Operating System does not boot or install on ESXi or ESX

SymptomsWindows 8 / Windows Server 2012 fails to boot or install on any version of ESXi or ESXWindows 8 / Windows Server 2012 is not workingYou cannot use Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 in ESXi or ESXPurposeThis article provides...

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