Tag Archive: ESXi


Sep 23 2012

What is SAHF and LAHF and why do I need it to install vSphere 5.1?

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Happened to look over the ESXi 5.1 documentation today (yeah, yeah, normally I just install and don’t RTFM) and noticed this in¬†the¬†Hardware Requirements section: ESXi 5.1 will install and run only on servers with 64-bit x86 CPUs ESXi 5.1 requires a host machine with at least two cores ESXi 5.1 supports only LAHF and SAHF …

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Nov 19 2011

New ESXi 5.0 build to fix Software iSCSI Initiator issue

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VMware has recently released a new build of ESXi to fix a bug that causes ESXi to hang for a long period of time while it tries to connect to all iSCSI targets. I’ve personally seen this happen in my lab and it can take quite a long time for ESXi to boot as it …

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Jul 08 2011

Patching VMware ESXi Installable

ESXi 4.1 brought changes to the patching process. Previously, the Host Update utility — an application included with the vSphere Client — could patch ESXi 4.0 hosts. VMware removed Host Update from ESXi 4.1, presumably to encourage users to upgrade to paid versions that are managed and patched with vCenter Server’s Update Manager. As a …

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Jul 08 2011

Installing and configuring VMware ESXi

VMware announced that ESXi will be the exclusive hypervisor of vSphere 5. As such, we will likely see a greater adoption of VMware’s smaller hypervisor. ESXi can be either embedded on a server (boot from flash) or installed on existing servers, using the Installable version. The free version of ESXi, the VMware vSphere Hypervisor, includes …

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Jan 21 2011

ESX vs. ESXi: Convincing your boss to move to ESXi

Since VMware first introduced its ESXi hypervisor at the end of 2007, the ESX-vs.-ESXi debate has escalated. But now that VMware plans to phase out ESX and switch to ESXi, migrating to ESXi has become increasingly important. But the reality is that many VMware shops still run the ESX hypervisor. ESXi has a radically different …

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Sep 09 2010

Upgrading hosts from ESX to ESXi in seven steps

The next release of vSphere won’t include VMware ESX, so you may be unsure how to upgrade your ESX hosts to ESXi hosts. Unfortunately there is no magic bullet, and as with all upgrades, you should not rush into it without being prepared. In this article, I will provide a suggested methodology. 1. Understand the …

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Aug 09 2010

Test ESXi 4.1 today, migrate smoothly from ESX tomorrow

VMware has long claimed that ESXi will one day be the Palo Alto-based company’s main hypervisor, and the time has come for ESX to begin to gracefully make its exit. The recent release of VMware vSphere 4.1 will be the last release to include the ESX version of VMware’s hypervisor, which may not make ESX …

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May 11 2009

ESXi Links

PXE Booting VMware ESXi (VMware) ESXi 4 Quick Install Guide (Xtravirt) ESX3i to ESX4i Update (Technodrone) Upgrade ESXi 3.x to 4.0 Video (VMware Tips) Installing VMware ESXi 4.0 on a USB Memory Stick – The Official Way (TechHead) vSphere ESXi on a USB memory stick (Yellow Bricks) Three ways to kill a frozen vSphere ESXi …

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May 07 2009

ESXi Links

Installing and Configuring ESXi (Pt. 1) Two ways to patch ESXi installable (Pt. 2) VMware ESX 3i: Technology Evolution, not Revolution VMware ESX 3i Guide How to upload files to a VMware ESX 3i Server How to create your own bootable ESX 3i USB stick Get full control over your ESXi server VMware ESX Server …

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Oct 12 2008

Top 10 things you must read about ESXi

Installing and Configuring ESXi (Pt. 1) – A basic guide to installing and configuring the installable version of ESXi. Two ways to patch ESXi installable (Pt. 2) – A basic guide on using two different methods for patching ESXi. VMware ESX Server 3i – A presentation from VMware on ESXi, this executive summary provides an …

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