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Announcing the V-Front Online Depot for ESXi software

A while ago Google announced that their Google Code service will no longer allow downloads to be hosted. Existing projects will no longer be able to create new downloads starting at January 15th 2014. So far I have made all my tools and ESXi software pack ...
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How to analyze and compare two or more ESXTOP logs with perfmon (viktorious.nl)

Are you just looking how to compare two ESXTOP datasets in perfmon? Jump to the last paragraph of this article. Otherwise, continue reading… I’ve been doing some troubleshooting recently using my favorite tool “esxtop”. Esxtop is a very powerful tool whi ...
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Run esxcli Command in a Web Browser: Another ESXi Hack

In my recent consulting projects, I really got into a lot of scripting either command lines or Python with ESXi management. As I mentioned the hidden HTML formatter in esxcli command, you may have speculated what could the usage. The answer is simple: Web ...
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How to properly clone a Nested ESXi VM?

I often hear from users that they would like to be able to just clone from an existing Nested ESXi VM that has already been configured and just create additional Nested ESXi VM instances from that. For me personally, I do not have a use case for this sinc ...
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ESXi Runs in Memory - Boot Options

I hope the title of this post doesn’t surprise you! This is sometimes a forgotten design of ESXi when choosing your boot options. I have been increasingly talking with VMware admins that are deciding to mirror their local drives for ESXi. This seems to be ...
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Hidden esxcli Command Output Formats You Probably Don’t Know

Besides the vim-cmd command I covered earlier, there is another powerful set of commands in ESXi – esxcli. As you can find from the help of the command, it covers 10 namespaces and drills down several layers down. The typical operations with the namespace ...
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Powerful Hacks With ESXi vim-cmd Command, Together With Shell Commands

If you have read my previous article on the vim-cmd, you may have realized how handy it is, especially when it comes to manage virtual machines. There is however a pretty challenging problem to use it – for most commands for a virtual machine, it requires ...
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Backing up and restoring ESXi configuration using the vSphere Command-Line Interface and vSphere PowerCLI (2042141)

This article provides the steps to back up and restore the configuration of an ESXi host using the vSphere Command-Line Interface (vSphere CLI) and vSphere PowerCLI.

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Allowing SSH access to ESXi/ESX hosts with public/private key authentication (1002866)

This article provides steps to allow SSH access to ESXi/ESX hosts with public/private key authentication rather than with username/password authentication.

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Vendor Customized Versions of VMware ESXi 5.5 Available

See the following download links for customized versions of ESXi 5.5 available from multiple servers vendors...

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[Release] ESXi-Customizer-PS version 2.0 PowerCLI

I just released a new major version of my ESXi-Customizer-PS PowerCLI script that greatly simplifies and automates the process of creating fully patched and customized ESXi 5.x installation ISOs using the ImageBuilder snapin.

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Hacking ESXi For SSH Login Without Password

As a powerful virtualization server, ESXi has a built-in SSH server even though it’s not enabled by default. That is what most system adminstrators use to remotely run commands there. ESXi also has a built-in SSH client so that you can ssh to other server ...
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Mass ESXi Deployment using Auto Deploy, Boot from SAN, and PowerShell

I recently had a need to deploy quite a few ESXi hosts on top of Cisco UCS B-Series blades (60+) back-ended by Netapp storage. I needed some kind of method to do this quickly so that I didn’t have to spend days just installing ESXi. Here were some of the ...
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How cool is that!? Using VMware Workstation to manage your ESXi hosts (including Free ESXi) & VMs

To be completely honest, I have not played with VMware Workstation in quite awhile as my day-to-day job primarily revolves around our Enterprise suite of products. In a recent meeting that I was in, I picked up on some interesting tidbits about the latest ...
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vmnic/vmhba sequence changed in ESXi 5.5

Looks like VMware has made a small but momentous change to the vmnic/vmhba numbering with the release of vSphere ESXi 5.5. In previous versions, the vmnic numbering was always determined by the the PCI ID. After adding a new ESXi Host to a Clust ...
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Why is Promiscuous Mode & Forged Transmits required for Nested ESXi?

Many of us who run Nested ESXi in our home labs for development/testing purposes are pretty familiar with the requirements to properly setup a Nested ESXi environment such as CPUs supporting both Intel-VT+EPT or AMD-V+RVI and enabling both Promiscuous Mod ...
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ESX the PowerShell / PowerCLI Way with Get-ESXCli

PowerShell is a terrific command line management tool. Of course, it can only peer into Windows-based systems, and naturally this doesn’t apply to a VMware server. However, PowerCLI offers a cmdlet that will bridge the gap between PowerShell and the VMwar ...
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Upgrading to VMware ESXi 5.5 using the Interactive Installer (VMware KB TV) 3:23

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2058352 class="yt-uix-redirect-link" dir=ltr href="http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2058352" rel=nofollow target=_blank>http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2058352 - This video discusses and demonstrates how you can upgrade from VMware ESXi 5.1 to E ...
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