VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7 License Serial Number Activation

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If you have set up VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7 License you will find that it defaults to the evaluation version giving you 60 days unlimited use. But, how to do you apply the serial number to use it after the evaluation has finished?

We have created a quick video below to help you with this easy process:

When using this in a lab environment, you could use the stripped back version of VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7 License with unlimited usage using the serial number below (as detailed in the video):

JM0C3-4C082-M8VG0-02AU2-0NKMH

If you need to use the many features VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7 License has to offer, then you would need to purchase a correct licence and enter that instead.

Version 5.5

If you are looking for a key for version 5.5, click here.

Version 6.0

If you are looking for a key for version 6.0, click here.

Version 6.5

If you are looking for a key for version 6.5, click here.

Version 6.7

If you are looking for a key for version 6.7, click here.

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Check for Thick Provisioned Disk Space in VMWare

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If you want to run a check against your VMWare infrastructure for virtual machines that have thick provisioned disks, you can use VMWare PowerCLI to do this quickly and easily.

Our step by step guide below will show you what you need to do to bring back the results that you need.

Check for Thick Provisioned Disk – Step by Step Guide

Download VMWare PowerCLI

The first thing that you need to do is download the VMWare PowerCLI utility from the VMWare website. You can do this by clicking the link below:

Download VMWare PowerCLI

Go ahead and install this onto a machine that is on the same network as the VMWare infrastructure.

Connecting to the vCSA

Once you have installed PowerCLI, run the utility as an administrator (elevated):

open powercli

This will now go through and install the modules that PowerCLI requires and you should be left with a console ready to enter commands:

VMWare PowerCLI Console

Now you will need to connect to the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA). To do this, run the following command:

Connect-VIServer -Server vCSA-1 -User admin@vmware.local -Password Pa55w0rd

where:

  • vCSA-1 = Your VCSA server
  • admin@vmware.local = administrator username with access to the vCSA
  • Pa55w0rd = Your administrator password

This should now show that you are connected to the vCSA.

Thick Disk Provision Command

Now that you are connected successfully to your local vCSA, you can run this command to get the Thick Provisioned Disks and which virtual machines that they are on:

Get-Datastore | Get-VM | Get-HardDisk | Where {$_.storageformat -eq "EagerZeroedThick" } | Select Parent, Name, CapacityGB, storageformat | FT -AutoSize

This will then output into a formatted table within the PowerCLI console, the full list of virtual machines, which disk it is, the capacity (GB) of the disk and the storage format.

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VMWare ESX 6.0 Serial Number Activation

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If you have setup VMWare ESX you will find that it defaults to the evaluation version giving you 60 days unlimited use. But, how to do you apply your serial number? We have created a quick video below to help you with this easy process:

When using this in a lab environment, you could use the stripped back version of VMWare ESX with unlimited usage using the serial number below (as detailed in the video):

11295-DUH93-78R89-02886-20J52

If you need to use the many features VMWare has to offer, then you would need to purchase a correct licence and enter that instead.

Version 5.5

If you are looking for a key for version 5.5, click here.

Version 6.5

If you are looking for a key for version 6.5, click here.

Version 6.7

If you are looking for a key for version 6.7, click here

Version 7.0

If you are looking for a key for version 7.0, click here.

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VMWare ESX 6.7 Serial Number Activation

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If you have setup VMWare ESX you will find that it defaults to the evaluation version giving you 60 days unlimited use. But, how to do you apply your serial number? We have created a quick video below to help you with this easy process:

When using this in a lab environment, you could use the stripped back version of VMWare ESX with unlimited usage using the serial number below (as detailed in the video):

0H6A3-2UJ5P-38U89-0UAUM-9XU3L

If you need to use the many features VMWare has to offer, then you would need to purchase a correct licence and enter that instead.

Version 5.5

If you are looking for a key for version 5.5, click here.

Version 6.0

If you are looking for a key for version 6.0, click here.

Version 6.5

If you are looking for a key for version 6.5, click here.

Version 7.0

If you are looking for a key for version 7.0, click here.

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VMWare ESX 6.5 Serial Number Activation

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If you have setup VMWare ESX you will find that it defaults to the evaluation version giving you 60 days unlimited use. But, how to do you apply your serial number? We have created a quick video below to help you with this easy process:

When using this in a lab environment, you could use the stripped back version of VMWare ESX with unlimited usage using the serial number below (as detailed in the video):

JV425-4H100-VZHH8-Q23NP-3A9PP

If you need to use the many features VMWare has to offer, then you would need to purchase a correct licence and enter that instead.

Version 5.5

If you are looking for a key for version 5.5, click here.

Version 6.0

If you are looking for a key for version 6.0, click here.

Version 6.7

If you are looking for a key for version 6.7, click here.

Version 7.0

If you are looking for a key for version 7.0, click here.

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vSphere Web Client – Export Virtual Machine Information

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If you are using VMWare version 6 or above and want a full export list of all your machines on it, then you can quickly and easily export all this information using the web interface.

Instructions

Login to your VMWare Web Client and then click into Hosts and Clusters:

vSphere Web Client - Export Virtual Machine Information 1

Then click on the VMs tab in the middle panel:

vSphere Web Client - Export Virtual Machine Information 2

Then at the bottom right corner, you should see an Export button:

vSphere Web Client - Export Virtual Machine Information 3

Go ahead and click this and it will pop-up the Export List Contents where you can select what information you want to export to CSV:

vSphere Web Client - Export Virtual Machine Information 4

Once you are happy with your selections, click the Generate CSV Report button. This will then go ahead and create the report – this can be almost instant through to a few minutes depending on your hardware, selections and number of virtual machines you have on the host.

Once this has completed, you should then go ahead and click on the Save button. This will then ask you for a location to save the CSV file to and you will then have all the information you need in the CSV file.

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VMWare ESXi 5.5 – Adding RealTek and Atheros Network Card Drivers – Version 2.0

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This is a re-post of an old post from just over a year ago, however some of the links have been updated and the versions updated so you should now use this post if you are having any trouble with the old one.

We have been trying to setup a new virtual host using VMWare ESXi 5.5.0 Update 1 with a Atheros AR8161 network card. As this is one of the unsupported network cards, it kept failing upon the boot up setup process – as expected of course.

As most of you will know, you can “inject” network card drivers into the ISO installation media for VMWare ESXi so we thought that this would be a good place to start to try and get this working. This turned out to be a much harder task than we thought but after 14 hours of messing about and about 20 CDR’s later, we got it working.

Quick Note

Although this guide and our own testing process is based on the Atheros AR8161, this should work for most other network cards and we will add further below in this guide links to four different VIB files for Atheros and RealTek network card drivers that you can use without having to go through the pain we had to go through to find them!

Instructions

First of all, you should identify your network card driver. In our case it is a Quakcinn Atheros AR8161 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (NDIS 6.30). You then need to acquire the VIB file for this network card driver to enable you to “inject” it into the ISO installation media. We will provide the ones that we can for you to download, but if your network card is not one of the ones in the package below then you need to spend a bit of time Googling to find your own network card VIB file.

We would like to ask that if you have others that you would like to share with the community, please contact us so that we can add a list of VIB files to this page for others to use or just post a link in the comments section to the VIB download

Download

The download is now available from our Downloads microsite by clicking the button below, just browse through the Downloads section on the microsite to find the file.

The VIB files included in this current download package are:

  • Atheros AR8161 VIB Driver
  • Atheros AR8151 VIB Driver
  • Realtek R8168 VIB Driver
  • Realtek R8169 VIB Driver

When you are happy that you have the correct VIB file for your network card driver, then you need the following things to continue:

The ESXi Customizer Tool is what you will use to “inject” the VIB network card driver into your clean ISO installation media.

So, start up the ESXi Customize Tool by running the ESXi-Customizer.cmd file:

VMWare ESXi 5.5 - Adding RealTek and Atheros Network Card Drivers - Version 2.0 5

You will then be presented with the tool and you need to browse to the following items:

  • Clean ISO Installation Media File
  • VIB Network Card Driver File
  • Output Directory for Custom ISO Installation Media
When you have entered all your necessary details, you should see something similar to this:
VMWare ESXi 5.5 - Adding RealTek and Atheros Network Card Drivers - Version 2.0 6
You should then click the Run! button to start the customization process. The process will run in a DOS box like below:
VMWare ESXi 5.5 - Adding RealTek and Atheros Network Card Drivers - Version 2.0 7
Once that is completed successfully, you should see a pop-up dialog box telling you of the outcome:
VMWare ESXi 5.5 - Adding RealTek and Atheros Network Card Drivers - Version 2.0 8
If you now browse to the above location, you will find that you now have a ESXi-5.x-Custom.iso file – this can now be burnt to CDR and you should now find that your virtual host will install to completion.

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If you have any questions, comments or would like to add any VIB files to our list, then please can you leave a comment below using our comments system and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

VMWare ESX Serial Number Activation

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If you have set up VMWare ESX you will find that it defaults to the evaluation version giving you 60 days unlimited use. But, how to do you apply your serial number? We have created a quick video below to help you with this easy process:

When using this in a lab environment, you could use the stripped back version of VMWare ESX with unlimited usage using the serial number below (as detailed in the video):

MN09P-4239L-18G40-0L1UP-CRH04

If you need to use the many features VMWare has to offer, then you would need to purchase a correct licence and enter that instead.

Version 6.0

If you are looking for a key for version 6.0, click here.

Version 6.5

If you are looking for a key for version 6.5, click here.

Version 6.7

If you are looking for a key for version 6.7, click here.

Version 7.0

If you are looking for a key for version 7.0, click here.

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VMWare ESXi 5.5 – Adding RealTek and Atheros Network Card Drivers – Version 2.0

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We have been trying to set up a new virtual host using VMWare ESXi 5.5.0 Update 1 with an Atheros AR8161 network card. As this is one of the unsupported network cards, it kept failing upon the bootup setup process – as expected of course.

As most of you will know, you can “inject” network card drivers into the ISO installation media for VMWare ESXi so we thought that this would be a good place to start to try and get this working. This turned out to be a much harder task than we thought but after 14 hours of messing about and about 20 CDR’s later, we got it working.

Quick Note

Although this guide and our own testing process is based on the Atheros AR8161, this should work for most other network cards and we will add further below in this guide links to four different VIB files for Atheros and RealTek network card drivers that you can use without having to go through the pain we had to go through to find them!

Guide – Part 1

First of all, you should identify your network card driver. In our case it is a Qualcomm Atheros AR8161 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (NDIS 6.30). You then need to acquire the VIB file for this network card driver to enable you to “inject” it into the ISO installation media. We will provide the ones that we can for you to download, but if your network card is not one of the ones in the package below then you need to spend a bit of time Googling to find your own network card VIB file.

We would like to ask that if you have others that you would like to share with the community, please contact us so that we can add a list of VIB files to this page for others to use or just post a link in the comments section to the VIB download.

Downloads

The download is now available from our Downloads microsite by clicking the button below, just browse through the Downloads section on the microsite to find the file.

The VIB files included in this current download package are:

  • Atheros AR8161 VIB Driver
  • Atheros AR8151 VIB Driver
  • Realtek R8168 VIB Driver
  • Realtek R8169 VIB Driver

Download VIB NIC Packs

When you are happy that you have the correct VIB file for your network card driver, then you need the following things to continue:

Guide – Part 2

The ESXi Customizer Tool is what you will use to “inject” the VIB network card driver into your clean ISO installation media.

So, start up the ESXi Customize Tool by running the ESXi-Customizer.cmd file:

VMWare ESXi 5.5 - Adding RealTek and Atheros Network Card Drivers - Version 2.0 9

You will then be presented with the tool and you need to browse to the following items:

  • Clean ISO Installation Media File
  • VIB Network Card Driver File
  • Output Directory for Custom ISO Installation Media

When you have entered all your necessary details, you should see something similar to this:

VMWare ESXi 5.5 - Adding RealTek and Atheros Network Card Drivers - Version 2.0 10

You should then click the Run! button to start the customization process. The process will run in a DOS box like below:

VMWare ESXi 5.5 - Adding RealTek and Atheros Network Card Drivers - Version 2.0 11

Once that is completed successfully, you should see a pop-up dialog box telling you of the outcome:

VMWare ESXi 5.5 - Adding RealTek and Atheros Network Card Drivers - Version 2.0 12

If you now browse to the above location, you will find that you now have a ESXi-5.x-Custom.iso file – this can now be burnt to CDR and you should now find that your virtual host will install to completion.

Feedback

If you have any questions, comments or would like to add any VIB files to our list, then please can you leave a comment below using our comments section and we will get back to you as soon as we can.