Jason Boche has a great post on updating .vmx changes.
Virtual infrastructure administrators may edit a VM’s .vmx configuration file by hand with vi or nano (my favorite) for a variety of reasons. Efficiency through bulk changes via scripting, troubleshooting a problem, adding unsupported/undocumented .vmx parameters, or a higher comfort level with command line interfaces to name just a few.
There’s an easier way that involves a lot less risk using two vimsh commands at the service console. Here are the steps:
- Log on to the service console on the host that the VM is registered on.
- In the service console, make the configuration change in the .vmx file and save it.
- In the service console, run the command vimsh -ne “vmsvc/getallvms” |grep <vmname> to obtain the VmID of the VM. The VmID will be the first number displayed on the left. Excluding the |grep <vmname> portion of the command will display all VMs registered on the ESX host.
vimsh -ne “vmsvc/getallvms” |grep knoppix
80 knoppix [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][msa1000_lun3] knoppix/knoppix.vmx otherLinuxGuest vmx-04 Veeam Backup: Time [4/30/2009 5:46:41 AM], Backup host [SKYWALKER], Backup file [V:VeeamBackupsGalleon Cluster Backup.vbk]
- In the service console, run the command vimsh -ne “vmsvc/reload <VmID>” using the VmID obtained in the previous step.
vimsh -ne “vmsvc/reload 80″
- After a few seconds, the configuration change will be received by the vCenter Server and will be reflected in the VIC.
vimsh is a very powerful command line tool. To check out more of its goodness, take a look at xtravirt’s vimsh documentation.
Please read the full blog post, as I didn’t cover it all.
I will make sure to give this a shot next time I get some time. Thanks Jason.