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ESXi on old hardware Error 10 – Out of resources failed to malloc MMIO

At home I use a old Dell Precision T5600. It has 16 cores total with 128GB of memory and while old its still good for running multiple workloads via ESXi. In the 6.x days I had no issues with ESXi, however with 7.0 I now get the CPU is unsupported as well as many other warnings. However I was able to run 7.0 Update 2 build 17867351 without issues. When I first installed ESXi I used BIOS to install and to run it since it never worked with EFI and at the time I did not bother to figure out… Continue Reading

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ESXi 7.x NutClient to query upsmon on Synology

After my last move I consolidated my home setup and now I am down to one synology for storage and one ESXi 7.x (currently 7.0u2d) host. I do have these two devices connected to a UPS but since UPS only has 1 USB port I needed a way to signal my two devices to power off in case of power outage. I plugged in the USB cable from the UPS to my synology NAS and configured the UPS. In the UI of synology goto Control Panel -> Hardware & Power -> UPS. Click on Enable UPS support and click on… Continue Reading

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Update ESXi 7.x using esxcli

I run ESXi at home for my VMs. Since I only need and have 1 ESXi host I had no need to install vCenter to manage my ESXi host, however I do want to keep it updated and current. To follow all the updates for ESXi please view VMware KB 2143832 Below are the steps to take to keep your ESXi updated Turn off VMs and put ESXi into maintenance mode Reboot – OPTIONAL – this is an optional step but it never hurts to reboot before upgrading to clear things up. Enable ssh service – you will need to… Continue Reading