Virtual machine “Edit Settings” are greyed out or not available for a virtual machine in the Virtual Infrastructure Client (VIC)

February 3, 2014

1) Putty to a host in the cluster (I always Putty to the host the target vm is on) and edit the vm's "edit vmx file" or the vmx` file with the tilde on it.  Do not edit the vmx file directly. 2) Change the value from "true" to "false" on the device place holder […]

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VMware HA Cluster Failure – Split Brain Interrogation

September 13, 2010

If one or more VMWare ESX cluster nodes have suffered a hard crash or failure, you must reintroduce them back into the cluster by following these steps below. Do these steps for each host one at a time. This guide is helpful when multiple ESX hosts in an HA cluster have crashed due to a power outage, […]

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How To – Commit VMware snapshots

September 13, 2010

How To – Commit VMware snapshots   Snapshot activities are far more consistent and reliable when using the ESX host's Service Console in lieu of the vCenter GUI.   VMware recommends having free space equal to the snapshots and base disk size before committing snapshots.   If you do not have enough free space on […]

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How To – Properly Rename a VMware virtual machine

September 13, 2010

How To – Properly Rename a virtual machine:   This wiki describes the process in which a virtual machine should be properly renamed in the virtual infrastructure and does not consider the over all process of renaming a server (DNS, monitoring, backups, AD, OS name, etc.).   1) Power off the virtual machine.   2) […]

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How To change the Service Console IP settings in a VMWare DRS, HA, VMotion Cluster

September 13, 2010

How To change the Service Console IP settings in a VMWare DRS, HA, VMotion Cluster:   Have Networking change DNS on only one server at a time as you change the IP's and VLAN ID's. There's no sense disconnecting all of the hosts from VMCenter at the same time. Have someone in Networking available during […]

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VMware ESX and Virtual Center Connectivity

September 13, 2010

Common Problem – You cannot connect Virtual Center to a specific ESX host server or the ESX host is "Not Responding"   If an existing ESX host, for some reason, goes into (not responding) mode, use the following steps to troubleshoot. This also applies if an attempt to add a new host fails.   General questions […]

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EMC PowerPath/VE (Virtual Edition) for VMware vSphere Install Reference Guide

September 13, 2010

EMC PowerPath/VE (Virtual Edition) for VMware vSphere   The purpose of this document is to describe the method for installing, configuring, and licensing PowerPath/VE on an ESX vSphere host system. For a quick reference of commands in sequential order, refer to page 9. The same methodology applies to ESXi. PowerPath/VE (Virtual Edition) is used to manage […]

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