Re: [Nolug] Is there a way to determine the host VMware box for a VM from inside the VM?

From: Jimmy Hess <>
Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 06:45:50 -0500
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On Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 3:12 PM, Dustin Puryear <>wrote:

> **
Good morning,

This might be achieved through the VIX API; connecting to the host from
the guest using the VMCI interface, VMware Tools commands, or through the
 "backdoor" system operations that hosts expose to VMs for

In practice, if you want to find where a VM lives --- you search for its
hostname or IP address in vCenter; or through ESXi host management.

An alternative is to search by VM MAC address. Lookup the MAC address of
the virtual machine's eth0, and then script a search for VMs containing
that MAC address.

Or SSH into your switches, and start tracing the MAC address through
your L2 network, until your trace lands on a switchport that belongs to
an ESXi host

Got it?

> **
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> Dustin Puryear, CEO

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