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ESXi configure SNMP

To configure the ESXi SNMP Agent:

  1. Open an SSH session to the ESXi host.
  2. Run this command to show the current SNMP config:
    esxcli system snmp get
  3. Set the SNMP parameters of the ESXi Host:
    esxcli system snmp set --communities public,eastnoc,westnoc
    esxcli system snmp set --syscontact user
    esxcli system snmp set --syslocation "location, world"
  4. Enable the SNMP Agent:
    esxcli system snmp set --enable true

ESXi Raw Device Mapping RDM

To configure a local device as an RDM disk:

  1. Open an SSH session to the ESXi host.
  2. Run this command to list the disks that are attached to the ESXi host:
    ls -l /vmfs/devices/disks
  3. From the list, identify the local device you want to configure as an RDM and copy the device name.
    Note: The device name is likely be prefixed with t10. and look similar to: t10.F405E46494C4540046F455B64787D285941707D203F45765
  4. To configure the device as an RDM and output the RDM pointer file to your chosen destination, run this command:
    vmkfstools -z /vmfs/devices/disks/diskname /vmfs/volumes/datastorename/vmfolder/vmname.vmdk

For example:

vmkfstools -z /vmfs/devices/disks/t10.F405E46494C4540046F455B64787D285941707D203F45765 /vmfs/volumes/Datastore2/localrdm1/localrdm1.vmdk


vSphere Clipboard Copy and Paste

To enable Copy and Paste option for a specific virtual machine:

Note: VMware Tools must be installed for the Copy and Paste option to work.

  1. Log in to a vCenter Server system using the vSphere Client and power off the virtual machine.
  2. Select the virtual machine and click the Summary tab.
  3. Click Edit Settings.
  4. Navigate to Options > Advanced > General and click Configuration Parameters.
  5. Click Add Row.
  6. Type these values in the Name and Value columns:

    isolation.tools.copy.disable FALSE
    isolation.tools.paste.disable FALSE