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  1. Troubleshooting Virtual Machine snapshot problems
  2. VMDK Handbook – Basics
    Explain the VMDK thin provision difference between VMware Workstation (can use a reduce sized VMDK) and ESXi (require VMFS support)
  3. *** VMWare Workstation conversion to ESXi 4
    Cannot rely on VMware Converter Standalone, must use: vmkfstools -i disk1old.vmdk -d thin disk1.vmdk, so that it can correctly convert to thin provisioned disk in ESXi. Apply for ESXi 5.0 also.
  4. KB1026437: Clipboard Copy and Paste option is disabled in vSphere Client 4.1 (Enable copy/paste from vSphere client, but does not allow file transfer yet)
  5. How to add a static route to VMWare ESXi server
    Use ‘esxcfg-route’ command in console mode, the setting will also save to persistent config file at /etc/esx.conf
  6. Setup any Static Ethernet Address
    • Remove these parameters
    • Set these parameters
      ethernet0.checkMACAddress = "false"
      ethernet0.addressType = "static"
      ethernet0.Address = "00:0C:29:B0:27:E1"
  7. Manually set the time of a VM
    rtc.startTime = "1089395200"
    tools.syncTime = "FALSE"
    time.synchronize.continue ="FALSE" 
    time.synchronize.restore = "FALSE"
    time.synchronize.resume.disk = "FALSE"
    time.synchronize.resume.memory = "FALSE"
    time.synchronize.shrink = "FALSE" = "FALSE"
  8. Epoch Converter

VMware Tips

  1. KB1005208: Injecting SCSI controller device drivers into Windows when it fails to boot after converting it with VMware Converter
    Basically need to include these 2 registry keys and related driver (for lsiscsi)
    For booting in WinPE, edit with ControlSet1 instead of CurrentControlSet
  2. KB1664: Disable PC Speaker Beep sound in VMware
    mks.noBeep = true
    Per VM setting add to: *.vmx file
    Linux add to: /etc/vmware/config
    Alternative method:
    Linux: xset -b
    Windows: Device Manager -> show hidden devices
    open non plug-and-play -> beep -> disable
  3. VMware image can reduce 40% size if used NTFS file compression
  4. Linux Forums: How to update initrd image
    Extract initrd image:
    gunzip < /boot/initrd.img | cpio -i --make-directories
    Re-make initrd image:
    find ./ | cpio -H newc -o > ../initrd.cpio
    gzip initrd.cpio
    mv initrd.cpio.gz initrd.img
  5. Creating bootable Linux ISO for ESX4
    mkisofs -l -J -R -r -T -o custom_esx4.iso -b isolinux/isolinux.bin -c isolinux/ -no-emul-boot -boot-load-size 4 -boot-info-table ./esx4
  6. Linux vi editor command reference

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