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How to find Queue depth of HBA ?

Posted by Preetam on April 30, 2009

Here is way

How to find queue depth for HBA ?

[root@pz-vmware07 scripts]# tail /etc/vmware/esx.conf
/vmkmodule[0003]/enabled = “true”
/vmkmodule[0003]/module = “tg3.o”
/vmkmodule[0003]/type = “nic”
/vmkmodule[0004]/enabled = “true”
/vmkmodule[0004]/module = “cciss.o”
/vmkmodule[0004]/type = “scsi”
/vmkmodule[0005]/enabled = “true”
/vmkmodule[0005]/module = “lpfcdd_732.o”
/vmkmodule[0005]/options = “lpfc0_lun_queue_depth=16 lpfc1_lun_queue_depth=16 lpfc_tgt_queue_depth=31”
/vmkmodule[0005]/type = “fc”



[root@pz-vmware07 scripts]# esxcfg-module -l
Device Driver Modules
Module Type Enabled Loaded
vmkapimod vmkapimod true true
vmklinux linux true true
bnx2 nic true true
tg3 nic true true
cciss scsi true true
lpfcdd_732 fc true true
[root@ci-vmware07 scripts]# esxcfg-module -g lpfcdd_732
lpfcdd_732 enabled = 1 options = ‘lpfc0_lun_queue_depth=16 lpfc1_lun_queue_depth=16 lpfc_tgt_queue_depth=31’

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vi3 Full Book is available for Download

Posted by Preetam on April 30, 2009

Best design guide ever available and that too free of cost. Go and download it here.

VMware Infrastructure 3: Advanced Technical Design Guide Downloads

Thank you to Ron,Mike and Scott.

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How to check which is your Primary node in HA ?

Posted by Preetam on September 22, 2008

[root@my-vmware01 root]# cat /opt/LGTOaam512/log/aam_config_util_listnodes.log
KEY: -z VAL: 1
KEY: domain VAL: vmware
KEY: cmd VAL: listnodes
CMD: hostname -s

CMD: /opt/LGTOaam512/bin/ft_gethostbyname my-vmware01 |grep FAILED

CMD: /opt/LGTOaam512/bin/ftcli -domain vmware -connect my-vmware02 -port 8042 -timeout 60 -cmd listnodes
        Node              Type              State
———————–  ————    ————–
  my-vmware01            Primary      Agent Running
  my-vmware02            Primary      Agent Running

Total time for script to complete:  0 minute(s) and 1 second(s)

Courtesy: Yellow Bricks

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Few more FAQ on managing ESX Server

Posted by Preetam on July 20, 2008

How to start the daemon by default when server starts/reboots?

chkconfig –level 345 ntpd on


How to instruct the kernel to occasionally synchronize the system time(when NTP is configured) back to the hardware clock?

hwclock –systohc


How to check which services are auto-start in Service console?

ls -Al /etc/rc3.d/S*


Where are the review logs located in Service console?

VMKernel –>> /var/log/vmkernel

VMKernel Warning –>> /var/log/vmkwarning

VMKernel Summary –>> /var/log/vmksummary.html

Host agent log –>> /var/log/vmware/hostd.log

WebAccess –>> /var/log/vmware/webaccess

Service Console –>> /var/log/messages

Authentication log –>> /var/log/secure

How to check what is the password policy set at Service console?

esxcfg-auth  –probe

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VMWare Tools, VLANS

Posted by Preetam on November 21, 2007

Few good articles i came across and found rich in knowledge, would like to share with you all

Configuring VLANs in VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3)


How to Install VMWare Tools Through Windows Group Policy

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How to

Posted by Preetam on October 28, 2007

How to Re-start VMWare Hostd service ?

service mgmt-vmware restart

when you make change from command line, those changes might not be visible in Virtual center, to make them visible re-start of hostd is recommended.This restart process re-reads esx.conf file


E.g. => service –status-all

E.g. => service vmware-vpxa status

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Posted by Preetam on September 24, 2007

Before we do this, we need to understand why are we actually enabling disk shares. Since in ESX environment we have multiple VM’s accessing the same VMFS volume and in that in case, you need to prioritize any of the VM, it is recommend practice to enable disk shares for that VM.

How to enable disk shares to prioritize virtual machines

  1. Start a VI Client and connect to a Virtual Center Server.
  2. Select the virtual machine in the inventory panel and choose Edit Settings from the right‐button menu.
  3. Click the Resources tab, and click Disk.
  4. Right‐click the Shares column for the disk you want to modify, and select the required value from the drop‐down menu.



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Virtual Center Database size calculator

Posted by Preetam on September 4, 2007

How to calculate DB size for Virtual Center. This is quick excel sheet calculator from VMware, hope you will find it useful. I got this link from Advance technical design guide


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VMware Infrastructure 3: Advanced Technical Design Guide

Posted by Preetam on September 2, 2007

Three great guys and one great way of sharing knowledge. I’ve just read finishing 110 pages of this book. At all point I felt someone is talking to me, explaining me and that as well filled with great humor. My words will fall short for this book. This book reaches a cult status in my heart for one  great reason and that is book comes free. I’m not sure about the entire book, after reading this book I feel very few of us will resist buying this book.


More information: www.vi3book.com



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How to set ESX Host into maintenance mode from Service console

Posted by Preetam on August 24, 2007

Below is the command which you will have to execute from SVC Console to enter host into maintenance mode

vimsh -n -e /hostsvc/maintenance_mode_enter

To exit maintenance mode

vimsh -n -e /hostsvc/maintenance_mode_exit

Now next question is how I check whether host is in maintenance mode.Here is it…

vimsh -n -e /hostsvc/runtimeinfo | grep inMaintenanceMode | awk ‘{print $3}’


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