In "Storage -> Adapters", you will find the list of storage controllers present in your computer or server.
In our case, VMware ESXi detected 3 storage controllers :
For the adapter name, VMware ESXi numbers them "vmhbax" starting with 0.
If you click on the name of one of these adapters, you will find the same information, as well as the World Wide Name (WWN) associated with it.
Dans "Stockage -> Périphériques", vous trouverez la liste des disques durs et SSDs (au format SATA et NVMMe) présent dans votre ordinateur ou serveur.
Mais, vous trouverez aussi les disques durs ou SSDs connectés à un contrôleur HBA, ainsi que les disques logiques RAID (ou volumes RAID) créés sur un contrôleur RAID.
In "Storage -> Devices", you will find the list of hard disks and SSDs (in SATA and NVMMe format) present in your computer or server.
But, you will also find hard drives or SSDs connected to an HBA controller, as well as logical RAID drives (or RAID volumes) created on a RAID controller.
If you click on the name of a device (or in other words : a physical disk or a logical RAID disk), you will be able to get a lot of information about that one.
To begin, you will be able to know :
Just below, you will also be able to know the list of the partitions which are there.
In this case, it's the NVMe SSD where we installed VMware ESXi, it's for this reason that there are so many partitions on it :
Below again, you will find this time the partition diagram of this disk.
In "Storage -> Persistent Memory -> Modules", you will find the list of persistent memory modules present in your computer / server.
To use persistent memory, you need NVDIMMs, such as Intel Optane Persistent Memory (PMem).
In "Storage -> Persistent Memory -> Interleave sets", you will be able to see the stripe sets available for persistent memory.
Interleave sets provide a way to logically group one or more physical NVDIMMs. This increases the read and write throughput on this logical grouping given that VMware ESXi will be able to read and write in parallel on the different NVDIMMs that make up this interleave set.
A bit like a logical RAID disk which would group together several hard disks or physical SSDs to improve the read and write speed on the logical RAID disk.
Source : Structure of the PMem Datastore
Namespaces allow persistent memory to be split into multiple memory regions that will be processed contiguously.
Once these namespaces are created, you will be able to know their name, capacity, health, state, and the interleave set they are in.
In "Networking -> Port groups", you will be able to view, add or modify the existing port groups on your VMware ESXi hypervisor.
By default, 2 port groups are already present :
For more information about networking of your VMware ESXi hypervisor, refer to our "VMware ESXi 6.7 - Basics of network management on VMware ESXi" tutorial.
In "Networking -> Virtual switches", you will be able to manage your various standard virtual switches (standard vSwitch).
Note that with VMware ESXi, you will only be able to use standard virtual switches (standard vSwitch) by default.
Indeed, to use vSphere distributed switches, you will need the paid solution (VMware vSphere).
In "Networking -> Physical NICs" you will find the list of physical network adapters (or more precisely physical network ports) present in your computer / server.
In our case, the network adapter integrated into our motherboard has 2 network ports (RJ45). VMware ESXi therefore shows us 2 physical "network adapters", one of which is connected (link speed : 10000 Mbps) and the other not (link down).
In "Networking -> VMkernel NICs", you will find the list of VMKernel network adapters (NICs) present on your VMware ESXi hypervisor.
By default, you will find the VMKernel "vmk0" network adapter (NIC) which :
Note that VMKernel network adapters (NICs) can also handle system traffic for VMware vMotion, IP storage, fault tolerance, vSAN, logging, ...
Source : Add a VMkernel Network Adapter in the VMware Host Client
In "Networking -> TCP/IP stacks", you can manage the different TCP/IP stacks.
Note that managing multiple TCP/IP stacks is only possible since version 6.0 of VMware vSphere.
Using multiple TCP/IP stacks allows you to isolate network traffic from different services (management, vMotion and fault tolerance) to redirect them to different default gateways (if desired). Which was not the case before.
It also saves you from having to create static routes as was the case previously.
By default, 3 TCP/IP stacks are created :
However, by default, the only TCP/IP stack used is the "Default TCP/IP stack".
In "Networking -> Firewall rules", you will find the list of rules defined by default in the VMware ESXi firewall.
Thanks to this list, you will be able to know :
You can also edit these rules to add or remove restrictions based on clients IP addresses.
For more information about configuring the VMware ESXi firewall, refer to our "vmware-esxi-6-7-services-and-firewall" tutorial.
At the bottom of each page, you can open a block named "Recent tasks".
As the name suggests, this allows you to see the tasks that have been performed recently. Whether these are still running or completed.
At the top of the page, by clicking on "[name of your user account]@[IP address or domain name of your ESXi server]", you will find some options allowing you to :
In the "Settings" submenu, you can :
In the "Settings -> Language" submenu, you can change the language of this web client by selecting your language (French, English, ...) or let the web client use the language corresponding to that of your web browser.
In the "Settings -> Console" submenu, you can :
In the "Settings -> Console -> Keyboard layout" submenu, you can change the keyboard layout to use which by default is in English.
In the "Settings -> Console -> Default console" submenu, you can choose :
In the "Settings -> Application timeout" submenu, you can choose the timeout of your session (between 15 minutes and 2 hours) or disable this time limit.
However, in production, we strongly advise against disabling it.
Finally, in the "Help" menu, you can :
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