ESXi

How to restore a snapshot in ESXi

Log In

Log into ESXi using the VMware vSphere Client software.

 

Select Virtual Machine to restore

In the left column, expand Host server to view the virtual machines you have created; click on the virtual machine you wish to restore, then click the “Snapshot Manager” icon.

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Select Snapshot to restore

In the pop-up window, click on the name of the snapshot you wish to restore, then click Go to

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Confirm

You will see a pop-up message warning you that the current state of the virtual machine will be lost. Click Yes

If you think you might want to return to the current state at a later time, it is recommended to click No and create a new snapshot before restoring.

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Monitor Status

You can monitor the status of the restoration by viewing the “Recent Tasks” from the primary window.

VMware does not close the snapshot manager window during or after a restoration. You may need to close, or move this window to see the “Recent Tasks” area.

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Restoration Complete

After the restoration has completed, the “Recent Tasks” will display “Completed”. Click the Close button on the snapshot manager window.

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By admin on May 21, 2014 | ESXi | A comment?

How to create a snapshot in ESXi

Log In

Log into ESXi using the VMware vSphere Client software.

 

Select Virtual Machine to snapshot

In the left column, expand Host server to view the virtual machines you have created; click on the virtual machine you with to create the snapshot for, then click the “take a snapshot” icon.

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Select Name and Description

In the pop-up window, enter the name and a description for the snapshot. Name: The name should be brief and unique. This will be used to identify the snapshot when you need to restore from it.
Description: The description should be accurate enough to describe the current state of the virtual machine.
[X] Snapshot the virutal machine’s memory (This should be checked)
[ ] Quiesce guest file system (Needs VMware Tools installed) (For more information regarding this feature, please see the VMware knowledgebase.)

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Monitor Progress

You will be able to monitor the progress of the snapshot by viewing “Recent Tasks” at the bottom of the VMware client. Once the snapshot has completed, the status will change to “Completed”

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ESXi – How to create a new virtual machine

This article assumes you have already downloaded and install the vSphere client from your ESXi server and have logged in.

Add new Virtual Machine

In the vSphere client, click File > New > Virtual Machine…

By admin on April 18, 2014 | ESXi | A comment?

How to configure the Codero ISO Datastore in ESXi

The Codero Datastore contains several distributions of various Operating Systems, including Arch Linux, CentOS, Debian, DSL, Fedora, FreeBSD, OpenSUSE, SpamTitan and Ubuntu. By using these ISOs, you can drastically reduce the amount of time it take to create new VMs.

 
If you have not done so, download the VMware vSphere Client from your ESXi server.

 

Log into your server

Log into your ESXi Server using the VMware Client.  You will need to enter the IP address of the server, root for the User name and your root password for the server.

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Certificate Warning?

If you get a certificate warning, check the “Install this certificate and do not display any security warnings for “IP.ADD.RE.SS”

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Select the server

Inside the vSphere Client, click the server IP in the left column, then click the “Configuration” tab.

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Select Storage

In the Hardware window, click Storage

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Add the datastore

In the View section click Datastores then click the Add Storage… link

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Configure the datastore: Step 1

In the Add Storage window, select (*) Network File System, then click Next >

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Configure the datastore: Step 2

In the Properties area, use the following values::

Server: 64.150.179.80
Folder: /home/repo/data/isos
[X] Mount NFS read only <- make sure this is checked! Datastore Name: Codero ISOs (or something else of your choosing) Click Next >

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Finish

On the final screen, click Finish

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The Codero ISO Datastore is now available for you to use when creating new VMs.

By admin on April 16, 2014 | ESXi | A comment?