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Archive for the ‘ESXi6.7’ Category

CloudKey ESXi Appliance – Google Search

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/06/07

Via [] CloudKey ESXi Appliance – Google Search:


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VMware ESXi: VMware Tools Installed but not running

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/06/04

Sometimes you get this situation on a Windows VM, usually after a reboot but not logging on:

Networking No network information
VMware Tools Installed but not running

“Windows” “VMware Tools” “Installed but not running” – Google Search mostly gives results about the VMware tools installation ISO being malformed, the registry not being correct, or having Linux as guest:

In practice though, there is a really good change that your default power settings allow Windows to go to sleep after some time of activity. The Windows VM then really sleeps, including services and network adapters. Then VMware ESXi thinks the machine has no VMware tools running:

I have noticed this on ESXi 6.5 and 6.7 with both Windows 7 and Windows 10. It is broader though, as others have seen this in ESXi 5.x as well: [WayBack] VMware Communities : All Content – VMware ESXi 5.

Verifying sleep is enabled

This little trick shows you the various possible sleep states:

C:\>powercfg /availablesleepstates
The following sleep states are available on this system: Standby ( S1 )
The following sleep states are not available on this system:
Standby (S2)
        The system firmware does not support this standby state.
Standby (S3)
        The system firmware does not support this standby state.
        Hibernation has not been enabled.
Hybrid Sleep

Disabling sleep

If you search for “sleep” in the [WayBack] Powercfg command-line options | Microsoft Docs, you have a hard time finding these:

/change or /X

Modifies a setting value in the current power scheme.


/change  setting  value


Specifies one of the following options:

  • monitor-timeout-ac
  • monitor-timeout-dc
  • disk-timeout-ac
  • disk-timeout-dc
  • standby-timeout-ac
  • standby-timeout-dc
  • hibernate-timeout-ac
  • hibernate-timeout-dc
Specifies the new value, in minutes.


powercfg /change monitor-timeout-ac 5

in order to disable sleep, you hav disable the standby timeouts (suffix -ac means “Plugged in” and -d means “On battery”) by setting their values to 0 (zero) minutes as UAC elevated Administrator:

powercfg /change standby-timeout-ac 0
powercfg /change standby-timeout-dc 0

This is far less than in WayBack – FutureMark forums – windows 7 – how do i disable SLEEP mode via command line ? (via [WayBack] Disable Sleep mode using powercfg –, but this is really all you need, as it correctly disables sleeping:

Later I found that [WayBack] windows 7 – How to disable sleep mode via CMD? – Super User also shows this shorter solution.

Note you need to run those on as UAC elevated user, which you can check for using the net session trick in [WayBack] windows – Batch script: how to check for admin rights – Stack Overflow.


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Downloading files with wget on ESXi · random writes

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/05/31

Reminder to self to check if wget on ESXi now finally supports https downloading: [WayBack] Downloading files with wget on ESXi · random writes.

In the mean time, ESXi 6.7 Update 2 and up seems to support this; so the below workaround might only be needed for ESXi 6.7 update 1 and below.

[WayBack] VMware ESXi: help downloading large ISO – Server Fault

I will likely not do this, as by now all my ESXi boxes should have been recent enough.

I will keep the article because of the BusyBox commands section below.

If so, I might finally try and write a Python wrapper for this, as I know that Python 3 on ESXi supports https, but the ESXi BusyBox does not have a built-in cURL.

Some links and notes I might need by then:

BusyBox commands

Another cool thing in the above blog post is that it shows how to dump the BusyBox built in commands.

I ran it for ESXi 6.7 with a slight trick to get the full path (using back-ticks and escaped back-ticks) and content.

Since ESXi is BusyBox based, the commands that are in /bin are not actually binaries, but each command is a symlink to the BusyBox binary. BusyBox then knows the original name of the command, so it can deduct what part to execute. This makes for a very space efficient storage scheme.

The various bits of the tricks to get the location of the BusyBox binary, so the --list parameter can be passed to it:

  • The which wget gives the full path of wget.
  • The ls -l `which wget` shows the full path of wget and the symlink target (but there is no way for ls to only show the symlink target).
  • The readlink -f `which wget` shows the full path of where /bin/wget points to: the BusyBox binary.

The main trick consists of backtick evalution, and knowing that ls cannot get you just the symlink target, but readlink can:

Now the back-tick escapes, because you cannot nest back-ticks:

  • The `readlink -f \`which wget\`` executes the BusyBox binary without arguments.
  • The `readlink -f \`which wget\`` --list executes the BusyBox binary with the --list parameter.

Note I do not like the cat --help (see [WayBack] How do I check busybox version (from busybox)? – Unix & Linux Stack Exchange) way of getting the BusyBox version, as that gets echoed to stderr.

This is the output:

Read the rest of this entry »

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“FIPS mode initialized” when you ssh out of an ESXi box

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/05/28

The once per console/shell logon output of FIPS mode initialized to stderr when you ssh out of an ESXi box seems to be something new since ESXi 6.7.

Since I hardly do this, it took a while to reproduce and track back the version where it was introduced and to realise why it is on stderr.

stderr in retrospect is logical: if you need to parse stdout of a job running across an ssh channel, you do not want it to get interfered with “side channel” output, hence stderr.

For a longer explanation see, for instance [WayBack] ssh “FIPS mode initialized” message to stderr – Why? – Unix and Linux | DSLReports Forums:

Keep in mind that “ssh” is used to transport a stream, as with “rsync”. What you put on “stdout” becomes part of the stream. That’s why this sort of informational message needs to go to “stderr”.

Parsing is hard, so bugs like [WayBack] Git fetcher fails on machine with FIPS enabled machines · Issue #3664 · inspec/inspec · GitHub got [WayBack] fixed in [WayBack] pull request like [WayBack] not parsing stderr, but checking for exitstatus.

Stock OpenSSH portable does not contain FIPS support

Finding back when and how FIPS support for OpenSSH was introduced provide a bit harder than I hoped for.

It appears that stock [WayBack] OpenSSH: Portable Release does not support FIPS. But there are patches on top of these files:

Many (most?) Linux distributions include a patched version like [WayBack] ssh.c in openssh located at /openssh-5.9p1 (git://

They integrate the patches like [WayBack] File openssh.spec of Package openssh – openSUSE Build Service.

Patches for instance look like [WayBack] openssh/openssh-5.3p1-fips.patch at master · gooselinux/openssh · GitHub which is more than a decade old (see the 2009 message [WayBack] rpms/openssh/devel openssh-5.3p1-fips.patch, NONE, 1.1 openssh-5.3p1-mls.patch, NONE, 1.1 openssh-5.3p1-nss-keys.patch, NONE, 1.1 openssh-5.3p1-selabel.patch, NONE, 1.1 openssh-5.3p1-skip-initial.patch, NONE, 1.1 .cvsignore, 1.24, 1.25 openssh.spec, 1.170, 1.171 sources, 1.24, 1.25 openssh-3.8.1p1-krb5-config.patch, 1.1, NONE openssh-4.7p1-audit.patch, 1.2, NONE openssh-5.1p1-mls.patch, 1.1, NONE openssh-5.1p1-skip-initial.patch, 1.1, NONE openssh-5.2p1-fips.patch, 1.6, NONE openssh-5.2p1-nss-keys.patch, 1.3, NONE openssh-5.2p1-selabel.patch, 1.2, NONE).

The patches seem to originate at the (now defunct) WayBack Index of /export/openssh of .

In the end I found [WayBack] Mailing List Archive: OpenSSH FIPS 140-2 support using OpenSSL FIPS modules? having these quotes:

vanilla OpenSSH doesn’t support running OpenSSL in FIPS-140 mode. Some
downstream providers patch OpenSSH they deliver with their distributions
with changes to enable FIPS-140 mode.

[WayBack] Secure Shell and FIPS 140-2 – Managing Secure Shell Access in Oracle® Solaris 11.4 explains a bit of background of them.

ESXi 6.7

Binary searching for the version where this was introduced could have been a lot shorter if I had done a “FIPS mode initialized” “ESXi” – Google Search, resulting in for instance:

The final two links made me discover XSIBackup

They see be one of the few (only one?!) free backup solutions for the bare ESXi:

In addition, they have a binary for rsync version 3.1.0: [WayBack] 33HOPS | Rsync for VMWare Backup, so lees need to go to Source: ESXi 5.1 and rsync –


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How to Copy files between ESXi hosts using SCP Command

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/05/21

Derived the bits below from [WayBack] How to Copy files between ESXi hosts using SCP Command.

Recursive copy from a remote machine to an existing local directory:

scp -rp root@ /vmfs/volumes/EVO860_250GB/VM2/

After this you need to edit the .vmxf files in the VM2 directory to ensure these are not duplicates.

One thing to remember is that you need the current host to allow the SSH client in the firewall, which is disabled by default:

After enabling:

Be really careful with the -3 option to scp; it allows you to transfer from one remote machine to another remote machine, but when using keyboard-interactive, you have a high change to lock-out your accounts: SSH will try to keyboard-interactive to both hosts at the same time.

If you lock-out root, then you have to go through the local DCUI console (use ALT-F2 to go there), then reset the root account failure count using pam_tally2 --user root --reset.

So this can be bad:

scp -3 -rp root@ root@

This works, but assumes the SSH client is enabled from the first host:

scp -rp root@ root@

See these links:


[root@ESXi-X9SRI-F:~] esxcli network firewall get
   Default Action: DROP
   Enabled: true
   Loaded: true
[root@ESXi-X9SRI-F:~] esxcli network firewall ruleset list --ruleset-id sshClient
Name       Enabled
---------  -------
sshClient    false
[root@ESXi-X9SRI-F:~] esxcli network firewall ruleset set --ruleset-id sshClient --enabled true
[root@ESXi-X9SRI-F:~] esxcli network firewall ruleset list --ruleset-id sshClient
Name       Enabled
---------  -------
sshClient     true
[root@ESXi-X9SRI-F:~] esxcli network firewall ruleset set --ruleset-id sshClient --enabled false
[root@ESXi-X9SRI-F:~] esxcli network firewall ruleset list --ruleset-id sshClient
Name       Enabled
---------  -------
sshClient    false


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