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  • 04/20/19--06:16: Re: snapshot
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    I'm afraid that the grain directory/table (the vmdk's pointer table) has been heavily damaged (overwritten), and that it's close to impossible to fix it.

    In this case I think your best option to recover files is to use a recovery tool which scans the .vmdk file for patterns.

    Maybe continuum - who is a data recovery specialist - can give you some advice on how to proceed, and get the best results.


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    I dont understand your problem.
    I downloaded the archive and checked it - the size of 700 mb is correct.
    It contains 2 partitions:
    1. 200mb : ext

    2. 500mb : could not detect the filesystem
    I also do not understand why you treat the img with a Converter.
    It is already a perfect flat.vmdk.
    You only need to create a vmdk descriptorfile to use it with a VM.

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    I started again following the instructions of the site and I can not access my server


    Capture pfff.PNG

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    Wow - this vmdk is really heavily damaged.
    The chance that files larger than a few kb can be recovered is quite poor.
    I would suggest to install testdisk on your host. It comes with the tool photorec.
    Then run

    photorec Monster_20180820-disk1.vmdk
    You can then select the filetypes you want to recover.
    Unfortunately this will only recover files by their signature. So they will get a random name with a large percentage of damaged files.
    Actually this will only make sense if you have very valuable documents stored in this vmdk.

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  • 04/20/19--08:09: asm1062 passthrough failed.
  • Hello,


    First, Im very new with esxi or any virtual software. I love esxi for so far but i have some problems and i think i need some help.


    My setup:

    MB: Asrock x370 taichi with latest bios update

    CPU: AMD ryzen 1700

    RAM: 16gb ram


    So, i try'd to passthrough the asmedia 1062 device.


    I connected 2 hard drives to the asmedia 1062 on the motherboard, the have there own iommu group.


    the Asmedia 1062 showup correct in esxi host, i see my harddrives and i can make datastores.




    So now the problems begins... when i enable the passthrough its says "reboot needed." I push the "reboot host" buttom and the ESXI host server is rebooting. when i go back to the settings its still says reboot needed and is not active. The PCIe device is not showup in the vm settings. Also the 2 harddrives connected to the asmedia are gone in the storage devices so its doing something.......




    I try'd it with other devices like a Ati radeon 290x and a Nvidia 1050, also i try'd the USB3, they al work with passthrough without any problems, when i enables them its also says "reboot needed" and when i reboot they are on active. except the asmedia 1062, i try;d alot of thinks but it always says. "reboot needed"


    How can i get the Asmedia on active so i can add them in the VM?


    //sorry for bad English.

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    If you are in Engineering Mode on the NSX Manager you can run the following command to get the root password for the Guest Introspection VMs:


    This password can be used to log in directly as root user on a local console (web console or VMRC) of the GI Service VMs.


    See: Get root access to all NSX components • Just virtual things

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    Are you using an embedded or an external PSC?
    Are DNS queries working in both directions, and is the reverse lookup working?


    You could also try going back to the 10.* release (for some users that experiece the same problem that seems to work).
    Just delete all the VMware folders in the Modules folder where you installed powerCLI (check which folder with the Get-Module -Name VMware* -ListAvailable).
    Then install the 10.* version with


    Find-Module-Name vmware.powercli -MaximumVersion 11|



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    my psc is external, after restarting my server dns it worked but i still do not have instantclone commands i can not activate it



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    The InstantClone cmdlet is not in the PowerCLI modules.

    If you need that one, then you would still need the Extensions.

    Contrary to the VSAN cmdlets in there, that one is not available in the PowerCLI modules

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  • 04/20/19--09:56: Usable Storage x Raw Storage
  • Hi,


    I found these and views that shows when space I am using and how much I have available.


    However, the only view that shows when I actually have it is the latest version of vSAN 6.7.


    In previous versions, how do I see this free space that shows in the latest version of vSAN?


    Thank you.



    vSAN 6.5


    vSAN 6.7


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  • 04/20/19--10:20: Re: LTSC1809-Image Creation
  • Check to see if the version of Horizon you are running supports LTSC 1809:  VMware Knowledge Base



    The VMware OS optimization tool hasn't been updated since July 2018. It doesn't have a template for that said version. Is your slowness happening on an image you apply the OS optimization template too?

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    I have the same issue as all others here. Broken pipe.


    My only "workaround" was to disable mac's System Integrity Protection, which I should not need to do.


    VM Fusion 7 Pro worked with zero problems for many years.


    If this has been addressed in an updated version of VM Fusion, I have not seen it.



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    Для наблюдения за тем что происходит на экранах ВМ. Сейчас для отображения каждой ВМ стоит отдельный комп с монитором. Чтобы выбросить все эти компы и поставить один с телевизором 50" на 4К.

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    Help with vCenter converter standalone

    We just stood up our VxRails with a vSphere environment and now we are attempting to convert our existing Hyper-V virtual machines running on a failover cluster on 3 Windows server 2012R2 nodes using the free utility vCenter converter standalone to convert the Hyper-V vms to VMware VM on vSphere infrastructure. In the converter, after selecting a source Hyper-V server with credentials and viewing the VMs running on this node, i selected a virtual machine that is powered off then click next but i get an error: "Permission to perform this operation was denied".

    Another article i read suggested to edit a User Account Control in Security Options in Local Security Policy on the source VM but this didn't work either.


    Anyone have a tip on converting Hyper-V vm to wmare vm?



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    Downgrading to an old PVSCSI driver worked for me. One with a 2009 date.

    pnputil -f -f oem2.inf

    pnputil -i -a pvscsi.inf

    I noticed servers with old drivers succeeded so stumbled in to this workaround.


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  • 04/20/19--12:52: Workstation Woes...
  • Greetings,


    I have a few issues with upgrading Workstation....


    Windows 10 Version 1803 (OS Build 17134.706)

    VMWare Workstation versions 10,14 and 15


    I have tried various things but no matter what I try when I upgrade version 10 to either 14 or 15 the following happens;


    • VMnet0 - vanishes, and not matter what I run as an Administrator it never shows again. Consequently various virtual machines that rely on it for the automatic bridged connection will not have network access
    • VSock - is not installed, and I am informed it has to be done manually. But there is no indication as to how you actually perform a manual installation.
    • hcmon - not installed, this is fantastic as it results in the whole installation being rolled back so you end up with nothing.


    I have no idea who broke what but between VMware and Microsoft there are questions to answer.


    I upgraded 10 to 14 no bother at all... all the problems started when upgrading 14 to 15 as that is when stuff started vanishing. I have even gone back to 10 and upgraded to both 14 and 15 but now VMnet0 just vanishes after the upgrade and no matter how I run the Virtual Network Editor (or who I add to the Network Configuration Operators group) VMnet0 is gone for good. And then there's the uninstallable VSock/hcmon .....


    I am currently so angry and frustrated that stuff which is supposed to be simple to do is not anymore, so I'll just leave it there for now.

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  • 04/20/19--13:03: Re: VCA 6.0u2 to to 6.0u3
  • Is it solved?  We have the same problem. Thank you.

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    Last year I installed ESXi 6.5 free version on one of our small office servers. Now we need to use it for another server. The 6.7 download is available after I login. I cannot find another page or link to create another free license for the new installation.


    QUESTION: Can I use the same license key for multiple free ESXi installations? If not, what is the exact link for creating a new license key for the new host esxi installation?


    Thank you.

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    CPU: intel core i3-8350k

    MB: asrock z370-itx/ac

    GPU: intel UHD 630, only one, no other graphic card


    esxi version 6.7U1 10302608


    no extra configure now.


    I tried to install a windows 10 client in this host.

    and passthrough this GPU to this client, then restart, success.

    now, I can recognize this GPU in client and install graphic driver without any configuration, but my display did no output.

    I can see windows system boot and do some operate in vmware host client, but it's just default svga card,

    when I uninstalled this card and set svga.present=FALSE, my display still did not work.

    but i can use it in remote desktop without any problems.


    MB is OK, display is OK, system is OK, and the port is OK either in normal system and uefi.

    it seems it's just something wrong with my display port in ESXI, it recognized the card but not the port.


    so, what should I do to make GPU to recognize my display ? should I do something with grub or I need to do some configuration in host client ?

    if there's some rule or confilct so I can't did it, did those 10$ USB VGA Card works on host?



    ↑ screenshot in remote desktop

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    You can use the license key for the free vSphere Hypervisor for a unlimited number of hosts (up to 100). This is what you can read on




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    Thank you, I wish this basic information was on the license page or next to the license key so users can know this without searching for hours.

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    Thanks for the information, but how do I revert the ones which are not MSCS?  I can identify the RDMs in the SVC with their "naa...." identifiers.  I have 2 hosts with many RDMs and I want to revert them back asap.  A one liner would help me out...  something like:


    Get-host "hostname"  | get-rdm "na...." | Set-perennially False


    I am not a coder, so I realize the above does not exist.  It would be the easiest and quickest way to revert.  I don't mind running it multiple times with the same hose and correct "na...".


    Thanks for the help.  I didn't realize that my data was at risk!

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  • 04/20/19--14:33: Re: Nested VCF - Home Labs
  • Hey Sky,


    Apologies on that.. I didn't know that has been or is in the process of being shutdown... and while they say the links will still work, apparently that's not true in all cases;


    Google Developers Blog: Transitioning Google URL Shortener to Firebase Dynamic Links


    At any rate I made a new one and will work on getting it distributed:



    Make sure you join the slack instance, it's the place to get support.


    Thank you!



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  • 04/20/19--14:46: Updating Intel X710 firmware
  • Hi,


    Anyone ever updated Intel X710 NICs firmware on HPE DL380 Gen 10s? Theres a linux utility in the Proliant service pack but thats it. Any clues appreciated.

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    how do we get rid of this baloon on esxi 6.5?  w VMRC?  its often blocking messages during boot up that we (or users) need to be able to see.


    very annoying vmware...



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    Hello sandroalvesbrasil,



    "In previous versions, how do I see this free space that shows in the latest version of vSAN?"

    Capacity overview has been present since 6.0 U2 in the same place you found it in modern versions (FLEX Client):

    Cluster > Monitor > vSAN > Capacity

    Older versions won't show the 'Free Usable with Policy' though as this feature was only implemented later.




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    Was this information available in which version?


    Can I view this information or otherwise infer using the previous version?


    I have an environment with vSAN 6.5 and it does not show.





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    Hello sandroalvesbrasil,



    "- Why VMware shows RAW space (27.92TB) instead of just showing usable space (9.4TB)?"

    Because multiple different Storage Policies can be applied to different Objects e.g. some data could be stored as FTT=0 and some data as FTT=1 (and obviously far more possible variations in larger and All-Flash clusters).


    "- Can we block the use of space above the usable vSAN (9.4TB)?"

    Unfortunately I am not presently up to speed on what ended up being implemented in 6.7 U2 with regard to 'guard-rails' but there are/were plans to start limiting things such as VM creation past certain thresholds. Either way though, from a administrator perspective there is no real control over "blocking" space.


    "- Will any alarms be generated when near the usable space (9.4TB)?"

    Yes, you will start getting warnings in vSAN Health once any individual disk passes 80% full and it starts rebalancing this data to other disks where possible:

    VMware Knowledge Base


    "- If we go beyond the usable space? Will this cause what kind of problem for my environment?"

    Like any storage system, the VMs need to be able to write to disk - if you run out of space on disks where these components reside then of course the VM will not be functional until space is freed up/rebalanced and it can write to disk. Obviously the solution to this is to size your environment accordingly and not run out of space.


    "2 - Can you explain to me how vSAN does this 9.4TB calculation?"

    It is very likely factoring in VMwares recommendation of allowing 25-30% slack space for temporary increases in used space (e.g. changing Storage Policy structure and of course snapshot-data during back-ups).




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    To set all LUNs on a number of ESXi nodes back, you could do


    Get-VMHost-Name esx1, esx2 |

    ForEach-Object-Process {

       $esxcli=Get-EsxCli-VMHost $_-V2


       ForEach-Object-Process {










    After that, you could use the previous snippet to only set the LUNs that are involved in the MSCS to perennially reserved.

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    Hello sandroalvesbrasil,



    "Can I view this information or otherwise infer using the previous version?"

    Which information, 'Free Usable with Policy'? If so, then no as this was not present prior to 6.7 U1.

    You can of course work this out by getting datastore size minus slack-space and then divide by 2 (assuming using FTT=1, RAID1).




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  • 04/20/19--16:41: Re: Nested VCF - Home Labs
  • Thanks Ben for your timely response. Curious about joining the Slack instance/workspace ('Slack ') . How does one get an invite or create an account to join? Currently, account creation is limited to select domains.


    Thanks again for your expertise,


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  • 04/20/19--17:04: update 6.5 free to 6.5 u2
  • I try to run this and keep getting errors.  What am I doing wrong?  Thanks in advance...


    [root@esxi:~] esxcli software profile update -d -p ESXi-6.5.0-2017


    [root@esxi:~] esxcli software profile update -p  ESXi-6.5.0-20190304001-standard \

    > -d


    VIB VMware_locker_tools-light_10.2.0.7253323-8169922 requires esx-version >= 6.6.0, but the requirement cannot be satisfied within the ImageProfile.

    Please refer to the log file for more details.

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    Anyone have any information on this?


    /Gustav Andersson

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    My setup is as following:

    Amd Ryzen 1700x 8-core

    64GB Ram ddr4

    2x500GB SSD Micron


    Im running 25 Windows 10 VM´s (2gb ram each and low cpu and space consumption)


    When I try to power on the 26th VM I get internal error.


    My CPU usage was stable around 5-10% until I added the last 2-3 vms, now it varies from 15 to 35% on idle

    RAM usage- 61%

    SWAP usage-49%

    Is this error due to CPU max limit been reached? Plenty of RAM and drive left.

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    Hi continuum!

    The vmdk file was configured as SPLIT_SPARSE. The files was split into 2GB expansion (files had more than 2GB, approximately 4GB, though) and the disk was using a scsi device node as PERSISTENT.

    These information i got from another virtual machine with W7 that i had used in my office. When i have created that vm i used the same configuration.


    How i can search using GPT or MBR signature? Would it be like search for recover partition formatted? Do you have suggestion which tools i can use to do it?


    One more time, thank you so much for the help.

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    Version is 6.3.5

    A firewall rule is automatically created to allow 443.

    The requirement was to have users redirected to https regardless if they typed that in, however I suppose that would mean adding a rule for port 80.  Thank you.

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  • 04/20/19--21:16: Installing PowerCLI
  • Hello,

    Is it possible to use the zip download from to install PowerCLI?  Or use it as an upgrade to existing install?


    Many thanks

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    We had this exact issue, it occurred roughly every 90 minutes or so-- at the same time Group Policy updated in the background. This occurred only over PCoIP for us, but try to replicate it by doing a gpupdate /force, your screens will flash if it's the same issue. For us this was caused by the "Configure PCoIP Image Quality Levels" ADMX setting, the issue was resolved after disabling that setting and allowing it to automatically dictate quality based on the bandwidth restrictions we set. In either case, if forcing a group policy update replicates the issue for you, it's likely one of your policies causing that like it did for us.

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    Hi everyone,


    I am attempting to install windows on an external hard drive using my Mac, however am running into an issue within VM that others seem to be having also. My external hard drive is connecting, but only visible on my Mac. I have attempted to use the Virtual Machine --> USB --> connect


    This does not resolve the issue, and if I go into the USB settings, it seems as the default is to connect to Mac and I am unable to change this.


    Does anybody have any suggestions or see any issues that would prevent me from being able to install? Thank you in advance!

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    I configured the disks with the HDD type and a FLASH disk.


    Actually my computer has SSD, but for some reason when vSAN detects all disks as SSD I can not proceed.


    To achieve I needed to make all 40GB disks as HDD, leaving a 10GB as FLASH.


    I created the VMKernel for each host with the vSAN service enabled.


    However, I can not proceed on the following screen in fault domain:


    Thank you.





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    Hi YIPKC

    Please share the log file for more details

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  • 04/20/19--23:35: Re: Installing PowerCLI
  • Yes, you can.

    Just unzip the archive into one of the folders that are listed in $env:PSModulePath.
    If you have an older release installed, just delete those folders before extracting the new files.
    These folders all start with the name VMware.VimAutomation and VMware.VumAutomation.


    If you have a very old version installed through a MSI file, you will first have to unistall through the Programs and Features control panel applet.

    Once uninstalled, have a look in the Program Files (x86) folder if any PowerCLI folders are left behind.


    If yes, just delete these folders manually.


    Be aware that the folders in the ZIP file do not contain the version number subfolder.

    As a result, in PS v5.*, you can't have multiple versions of the modules installed next to each other.

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    Download the VMware Tools Packages for Windows and Linux from the following site Or find newer Versions:



    Download WinSCP for a friendly view of the ESXi File architecture > Log into your esxi host with issue



    Navigate to "/.locker/packages" > Create Folder named "6.5.0" (If you are not using ESXi 6.5.0, this folder may be a different name. Check what folder name should be by going to "/productLocker" > Right Click > Edit > View where the shortcut goes to & create a folder with that name in that Directory)

    Inside Folder 6.5.0, Paste The folders "floppies" & "vmtools" that were downloaded from the previous link.

    You should now be able to successuflly install Vmwtools to your windows and Linux VMs

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    I uninstall and reinstalled but same error measage   // logs[20-04] follow below... well???



    leonidassavvides@ubuntu:~$ cd Downloads/

    leonidassavvides@ubuntu:~/Downloads$ ls



    leonidassavvides@ubuntu:~/Downloads$ sudo vmware-installer -u vmware-workstation[sudo] password for leonidassavvides:

    [AppLoader] Use shipped Linux kernel AIO access library.

    An up-to-date "libaio" or "libaio1" package from your system is preferred.

    leonidassavvides@ubuntu:~/Downloads$ sudo ./VMware-Workstation-Full-15.0.4-12990004.x86_64.bundle

    sudo: ./VMware-Workstation-Full-15.0.4-12990004.x86_64.bundle: command not found

    leonidassavvides@ubuntu:~/Downloads$ sudo run ./VMware-Workstation-Full-15.0.4-12990004.x86_64.bundle

    sudo: run: command not found

    leonidassavvides@ubuntu:~/Downloads$ chmod +x ./VMware-Workstation-Full-15.0.4-12990004.x86_64.bundle

    leonidassavvides@ubuntu:~/Downloads$ sudo ./VMware-Workstation-Full-15.0.4-12990004.x86_64.bundle

    Extracting VMware Installer...done.

    [AppLoader] Use shipped Linux kernel AIO access library.

    An up-to-date "libaio" or "libaio1" package from your system is preferred.




    leonidassavvides@ubuntu:/var/log/vmware$ sudo cat vmware-usbarb-4031.log

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.357-07:00| usbArb| I125: Log for VMware USB Arbitration Service pid=4031 version=15.0.1 build=build-10689111 option=Release

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.357-07:00| usbArb| I125: The process is 64-bit.

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.357-07:00| usbArb| I125: Host codepage=UTF-8 encoding=UTF-8

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.357-07:00| usbArb| I125: Host is Linux 4.18.0-17-lowlatency Ubuntu 18.10

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.357-07:00| usbArb| I125: VTHREAD 140314184704704 "usbArb" tid 4031

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.357-07:00| usbArb| I125: DictionaryLoad: Cannot open file "/usr/lib/vmware/settings": No such file or directory.

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.357-07:00| usbArb| I125: [msg.dictionary.load.openFailed] Cannot open file "/usr/lib/vmware/settings": No such file or directory.

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.357-07:00| usbArb| I125: PREF Optional preferences file not found at /usr/lib/vmware/settings. Using default values.

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.357-07:00| usbArb| I125: DictionaryLoad: Cannot open file "/usr/lib/vmware/config": No such file or directory.

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.357-07:00| usbArb| I125: [msg.dictionary.load.openFailed] Cannot open file "/usr/lib/vmware/config": No such file or directory.

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.357-07:00| usbArb| I125: PREF Optional preferences file not found at /usr/lib/vmware/config. Using default values.

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.385-07:00| usbArb| I125: DICT --- GLOBAL SETTINGS /usr/lib/vmware/settings

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.385-07:00| usbArb| I125: DICT --- NON PERSISTENT (null)

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.385-07:00| usbArb| I125: DICT --- HOST DEFAULTS /etc/vmware/config

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.385-07:00| usbArb| I125: DICT               VMCI_CONFED = "no"

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.385-07:00| usbArb| I125: DICT                NETWORKING = "yes"

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.385-07:00| usbArb| I125: DICT             initscriptdir = "/etc/init.d"

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.385-07:00| usbArb| I125: DICT            VMBLOCK_CONFED = "no"

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.385-07:00| usbArb| I125: DICT            authd.fullpath = "/usr/sbin/vmware-authd"

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.385-07:00| usbArb| I125: DICT           gksu.rootMethod = "sudo"

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.385-07:00| usbArb| I125: DICT              VSOCK_CONFED = "no"

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.385-07:00| usbArb| I125: DICT                    libdir = "/usr/lib/vmware"

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.385-07:00| usbArb| I125: DICT                    bindir = "/usr/bin"

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.385-07:00| usbArb| I125: DICT           vmware.fullpath = "/usr/bin/vmware"

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.385-07:00| usbArb| I125: DICT                vix.libdir = "/usr/lib/vmware-vix"

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.385-07:00| usbArb| I125: DICT --- SITE DEFAULTS /usr/lib/vmware/config

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.385-07:00| usbArb| I125: USBArbRuleStore: Loading device rules from rules file.

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.385-07:00| usbArb| I125: VMware USB Arbitration Service Version 18.1.2

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.385-07:00| usbArb| I125: USBGL: USB Sysfs found at /dev/bus/usb

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.385-07:00| usbArb| I125: USBArb: Attempting to connect to existing arbitrator on /var/run/vmware/usbarbitrator-socket.

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.385-07:00| usbArb| I125: SOCKET creating new socket, connecting to /var/run/vmware/usbarbitrator-socket

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.385-07:00| usbArb| I125: SOCKET connect failed, error 2: No such file or directory

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.385-07:00| usbArb| I125: USBArb: Failed to connect to an existing arbitrator.

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.385-07:00| usbArb| I125: USBArb: listening socket 12 created successfully

    2019-04-20T23:41:54.385-07:00| usbArb| I125: USBArb: adding listening socket 12 to poll queue


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    Just to let you know:
    Seems to be a known bug



    ESXi Embedded Host Client - Bugs

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    I am more confused. The problem is not realated to GPO. The weird thing if I do a storage migration for this linked clone machine and then storage migration back to it original location it will boot with 40 seconds. The question what storge migration change