Clone an existing VM (ESXi 6.5)

Written by Super User. Posted in just going through the motions

Project: Clone an existing VM and register the clone as a new VM. Using both WinSCP and Putty. You need to enable and start SSH on the host to be able to do this.

Source: Existing VM called ‘197-2012r2’. Source directory is: ‘/vmfs/volumes/datasstore0/197-2012r2/’ and source file is ‘197-2012r2.vmdk’
Clone is ‘196-2012r2’ and use a directory called: ‘/vmfs/volumes/datasstore0/196-2012r2/’

Looks like ESXi 6.5 installer cannot find USB stick

Written by employee #33. Posted in just going through the motions

Looks like VMware change the USB driver method and only put vmkusb driver instead of XHCI/EHCI/UHCI/OHCI.

Vmware KB: Important information about the new ESXi 6.5 USB driver vmkusb, and the legacy USB drivers (2147650)

virtuallyghetto: No suitable disk was found when upgrading to ESXi 6.5 on USB?

Upgrade ESXi 6.0 to 6.5 from command line, if web traffic is OK with the host.

Something went amiss here: For one of the hosts (an old Dell PowerEdge) the update did not succeed. After reboot the host was back on 6.0.0. Looks like 6.5 was installed on a disk drive (and not the USB stick). After reboot, logs shows not evidence of the update (for the 6.0.0 installation on the USB stick).

If anybody is using the online update (as described below) to update an 6.0.0 on a (USB) stick - please let me know.

pfSense on PC Engine ALIX 2D board

Written by employee #33. Posted in just going through the motions

pfSense documentation site ( “Installing pfSense”, “Writing Disk Images” and especially “ALIX BIOS Update Procedure”

PC Engine How to create a FreeDOS bootable CF card (LBA image) (

Mark Shroyer ALIX Board Setup (

What you need: A null modem, a CF card (and CF card reader), physdiskwrite and putty or something similar.