Fix Invalid Virtual Machine Status on VMware ESXi

I encounter strange virtual machines with Invalid (Unknown) status on VMware ESXi hosts on several occasions. In this article, we’ll take a look at how to troubleshoot and fix the invalid state of virtual machines from the VMware ESXi command line.

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How to Install Drivers on VMWare ESXi?

VMware ESXi image includes the common drivers for the most popular server platforms.  Many vendors provide their own custom ESXi images with native drivers for their hardware (HPE, Lenovo, Fujitsu, Dell, Cisco, etc.). If you want to install and use VMware ESXi on non-standard or legacy hardware, or even on a home computer, you will need to download and install the drivers yourself. In this article, we will show you how to manually install the device driver on VMware ESXi.

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Enable Virtual Machine AutoStart on VMware Workstation

VMware Workstation and VMware Player do not have a built-in option to automatically start virtual machines when Windows boots up or when a user logs in. If you want the VM to start automatically, you must create an automated task in the Scheduler.

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Zabbix: Configuring VMware ESXi Host Monitoring

In this article, we’ll show you how to configure monitoring of a standalone VMware ESXi host with Zabbix. On ESXi, you cannot install zabbix-agent to enable classic monitoring. However, Zabbix can use SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) to communicate with ESXi using XML-RPC format messages.

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