Wednesday, May 11, 2011

ESX/ESXi Disabling Balloon Driver

This is not recommended by VMware and in fact they removed the ability to do this through the VI Client. In case you really need this turned on leave it automatic.

To disable the balloon driver in an ESX host:
  1. Access the ESX host on which the virtual machine resides using the vSphere Client connected to the ESX host or vCenter Server.
  2. Log in to the ESX Server host as a user with administrative rights.
  3. Shut down the virtual machine.
  4. Right-click on the virtual machine listed on the Inventory panel and click Edit Settings.
  5. Click the Options tab and select General.
  6. Click Configuration Parameters.
  7. Click Add row and add the parameter sched.mem.maxmemctl in the text box.
  8. Click on the row next to it and add 0 in the text box.
  9. Click OK to save changes.
Note: To re-enable the balloon driver, perform the preceding steps and remove the sched.mem.maxmemctl parameter.

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