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Update offline bundle zip on standalone ESXi host using commandline without vCenter

This is a step by step procedure to update offline bundle zip on standalone ESXi host using command line without vCenter. I was updating few of my VMware ESXi servers in my home Lab environment. There were few ESXi hosts in the lab were standalone and not connected to any vCenter server. On the stan…

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Update ESXi servers in VMware Cluster using vCenter Lifecycle Manager

It is best practice to keep you ESXi server up to date to keep server out of vulnerabilities and issue. Patching helps to resolve new upcoming CVE's and keep server compliant in security team's report. In this article I will update entire cluster using VMware Lifecycle Manager in vCenter server 8…

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Build custom ESXi image using VMware Image Builder

In this article I will show how use VMware Image Builder to customize and create ESXi ISO images. 

VMware Image Builder is a powerful functionality within vCenter Server that enables the packaging, validation, and distribution of ESXi OS ISO/Zip software images across various platforms within an…

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Second VMKernel port not working or reachable on nested ESXi server in VMware ESXi server

I was building nested VMware vSphere lab for POCs. While configuration I was facing strange issue after installing nested ESXi server as virtual machine on Physical ESXi Server, I created Few VMs and VMKernel ports on nested ESXi VM. But when I was trying to connect VMs or new VMKernel port it was f…

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Configure VMware ESXi server network settings in DCUI

In the earlier part of I wrote an article about VMware ESXi 8.0 step by step Installation guide with Screenshots. In this article I will configure the networking for ESXi server and assign IP address, DNS and other configuration.

After first part ESXi server is rebooted, I am on the DCUI screen,…

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ESXi Installation Hardware_Virtualization Warning Hardware virtualization is not a feature of CPU

While installing ESXi operating system on the server, I was receiving below warnings errors regarding CPU hardware Virtualization. 

Check out: VMware ESXi 8.0 step by step Installation guide with Screenshots

Error(s)/Warning(s) Found During System Scan

The system encountered the followi…

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VMware ESXi 8.0 step by step Installation guide with Screenshots

As VMware recently released and made available ESXi 8.0 publicly available, I thought get the hands dirty and install it in my Home Lab. I don't have licenses for ESXi 8.0, but it can be tested in Evaluation mode for 60 day trial. Which is enough to check new features of ESXi 8.0 server. I have down…

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Uninstall Remove VIB software from ESXi server

This is second and opposite article of Install Update VIB Zip files software on VMware ESXi server, Here in this blog post I will uninstall remove installed VIB software application from VMware ESXi server. I will remove the software from ESXi shell. First enable SSH on ESXi server using VMWARE …

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Install Update VIB Zip files software on VMware ESXi server

This is a simple step by step guide on how to install or update vib software application on VMware ESXi server. First step I am going to use ESXi SSH to login. Make sure SSH is enabled on ESXi server, for the same you can find article VMWARE SECURITY BEST PRACTICES: POWERCLI ENABLE OR DISABLE ESX…

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Reset Dell iDRAC password from ESXi server

While working on new client's environment, I had limited information about Dell iDRAC ips and password. I found iDRAC IPs list with earlier articles Find Dell iDrac, HPE ilo IPMI ip address on VMware ESXi. The next task was to find out iDRAC password. In this task I tried with standard passwords p…

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Find Dell iDrac, HPE ilo IPMI ip address on VMware ESXi

You might have come across situation where you want to find remote management controller IP address information (ie: Dell iDrac or HPE ILO ip etc). This article will help you on the topic.

Although you can see ILO or iDRAC IP address details when system boot, but you will have to be present in fr…

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How to update a patch on an ESXi host via command line

When it comes to upgrade/update patches or ESXi version my preferred method is VMware Lifecycle manager / VMware update manager vum. But there are scenarios or issues while updating ESXi using VUM / LifeCyle manager or also this procedure helps if ESXi server is standalone and not managed by vCenter…

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VMware LifeCycle Manager There are conflicts from the patches selected for staging or remediation

I was testing ESXi patching through Lifecycle Manager/VUM (Vmware Update Manager). While remediating patch bundle on ESXi server, there was electricity issue and my Esxi server and vCenter server got powered off abruptly in the middle of update. After powering on the vCenter and Esxi server I tried …

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Configure PTP (Precision Time Protocol) on ESXi Server

Time keeping on ESXi server is a best practice, It helps in SSL certificate authentication and troubleshooting (logs/activities), it is very essential to Time configuration settings on ESXi server after deployment or after later. I have written two articles earlier on this topic.

vSphere ESXi s…

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Esxi Registration unregistration of third-party IO filter storage providers fails on a host

While installing and testing ESXi 7 on the summary page it was showing warning message in yellow Registration/unregistration of third-party IO filter storage providers fails on a host

VMware has already KB provided for this issue - https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/55774. According to VMware this

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Create a VMFS Datastore in the vSphere Client

This is a step by step procedure to create a new VMFS datastore on the ESXi server using vSphere Client, and same guide is applicable for both Local Disk as well as Shared remote storage. While using HTML5 based vSphere client you might find little difference creating a new Datastore. To start I hav…

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PowerCLI one-liner Reporting, Assigning, Changing and Removing licenses on ESXi

I was looking for instant one-liner PowerCLI script to get licensing report of ESXi servers and also wanted one-liner commands to assign / remove licenses on ESXi servers, Below scripts help to do the tasks.

#Connect ESXi Server
$vmHost = Get-VMHost -Name ironman.vcloud-lab.com

#Assign / …

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Troubleshooting replacing a corrupted certificate on Esxi server

While deploying your own certificate on ESXi server you need to follow certain requirement to create it as shown here, if new generated certificate is not correct as per the standard and if they are replaced overwritten without proper backup, it can cause connection error on ESXi server and you wil…

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Replacing a default ESXi certificate with a CA-Signed certificate

Generate new self-signed certificates for ESXi using OpenSSL

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