ESXi How To Perform Some Routine Tasks

Enable SSH on ESXi:
Log onto vSphere Client as root
Home >> Inventory >> Configuration >> click Security Profile >> click Properties under Services >> double-click SSH >> select Start automatically if any ports are open >> OK >> click Properties under Firewall >> check SSH Client >> OK
use Putty to ssh to ESX02 as root
cd /vmimages/tools-isoimages
copy the actual path redirected from the alias (i.e. /vmfs/volumes/55702865-68f879f8-102f-90b11c037f13/packages/6.0.0/vmtools)
Copy to another ESX host:
cd /vmimages/tools-isoimages
scp 9200.16384.WIN8_RTM.120725-1247_X64FRE_SERVER_EVAL_EN-US-HRM_SSS_X64FREE_EN-US_DV5.ISO root@ESX02:{destination_path}
Copy from user’s workstation to ESX host:
Method 1:
Download WinSCP:
click drag ISO images from local to /vmimages/tools-isoimages
Method 2:
Home >> Inventory >> Summary >> right-click datastore{1|2|3}, Browse Datastore >> click new-folder icon >> give new folder a name >> go to new folder >> click upload-file icon >> select upload file >> browse to file on local hard drive >> OK
How to set ESX host to gracefully handle network disconnection
– VirtualCenter (must have VMware HA cluster feature) >> Right-click on the Cluster, and choose Edit Settings >> “Cluster Settings” dialog box, choose VMware HA on the left; In the right hand pane, set the Host Isolation response dropdown to “Leave VM Powered On”
– REG ADD \\KIM\HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Disk /v TimeOutValue /t REG_DWORD /d 120 /f
How to install drivers
1. Download files (e.g. nic card)
2. SSH onto server
Change ESX software acceptance level
     ~# esxcli software acceptance set –-level=CommunitySupported
Download driver from
use pscp to upload to root@esx01/tmp

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