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How to Configure VMware vSwitch from ESX / ESXi Command Line

In both VMware ESX and ESXi host, vSwitches can be configured either from the GUI or from the command line. vSwitch is also known as vSphere standard switch. The CLI configuration are very helpful when you are installing multiple ESX servers and planning to script the vSwitch configuration. This article explains how to configure vSwitch [...]

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How to Enable VMware VAAI and Install NetApp Plugin on ESXi

VAAI stands for VMware APIs Array Integration (for vSphere Storage). VAAI is also referred to as hardware acceleration (or hardware offload APIs), which are a set of APIs to enable communication between VMware vSphere ESXi hosts and storage devices. This APIs are enabled on the ESXi host to offload certain storage operations to the storage [...]


How to Install SSL Certificate on VMWare ESXi and vCenter Virtual Center

This article explains how to install SSL certificates on your ESXi machine & vCenter for browser compatibility. First, on your Linux server, generate SSL certificate as explained below. This will generate both private key and csr file. If you are generating certificate for multiple hosts, create separate directory for each host. cd /tmp mkdir your-esx-hostname [...]


Virtualization is the creation of a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, such as an operating system, a server, a storage device or network resources. For those who are new to virtualization technology, this article will give you some high level fundamentals that will help you to get started on virtualization. The following are [...]


VMware Workstation is VMware's commercial virtualization software for x64 computers. This is a Type 2 hypervisor, which means it is installed on top of an existing operating system running on the computer hardware called the host operating system. It can be installed on both Linux and Windows host Operating Systems. In VMware Workstation you can [...]


This article explains fundamentals of datastore management in VMWare ESXi server. In this example, let us assume that we have a server that has 6 slots for hard disks. We've filled all the 6 slots with hard disks. We are also using the hardware raid. So, we have created three RAID-1 logical groups out of [...]


Question: I installed VMWare ESXi 4.1 on a Dell Poweredge Server. I created a Virtual machine, and while installing Red Hat OS 6.1 64-bit, it gives the following error message. My server is a new Dell poweredge R710 server, which support 64-bit CPU. Why do I get this error message and How do I fix [...]


Question: How do I find out the DELL service tag and express code of a PowerEdge server that is running VMWare ESXi (or VMWare Server)? Answer: Depending on what you are running (i.e VMWare ESXi or VMWare Server), use one of the methods shown below to identify the DELL service tag. If you've installed VMWare [...]