Increase ESX heartbeat to vCenter

How to increase your heartbeat timeout for your ESX hosts to vCenter. Normally every ESX host sends a heartbeat every 10 sec and the virtual center (vCenter) waits 20sec for that heartbeat. This should not be a problem if you have a good network or good links for remote sites. But if you have a slow link to a remote site that can mean that your hosts might show up as not responding when they are.

 

The fix:

Note! do a back up of your vpxd.cfg file first

locate the vpxd.cfg file at C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\ and add in the <vpxd> </vpxd>

 

     <heartbeat>
       <notRespondingTimeout>60</notRespondingTimeout>
     </heartbeat>

vpxd

Then restart the virtualcenter server service

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One Response to Increase ESX heartbeat to vCenter

  1. Pingback: vpxd.cfg Advanced Configuration » boche.net – VMware Virtualization Evangelist

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