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As we are now busy doing P2V conversion of most of our physical servers I needed to use the Consolidation function in vCenter (previously known as VirtualCenter) to assess the workload of the physical servers (CPU and Memory Usage).

I was surprised to see that the "Consolidation" button disappeared from my VI Client! I checked if it was installed as a plugin and it was. I also checked if it was enabled and again, it was. However, the button was not there!

I found that although the plugin can be installed and enabled in the VI client, it is also a requirement to have VMware Capacity Planner installed on the vCenter server. I checked my vCenter server and confirmed that it was indeed already installed.

Here's the fix:

It seems like the Consolidation Function for vCenter is disabled by default in the vpxd.cfg file. To enable the consolidation function, do the following:

On the vCenter server, edit c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\vpxd.cfg
(I'm still using VirtualCenter 2.5.0 Build 119598, so your path could be ...\vCenter\cpxd.cfg? I'm not sure!)

You will find the following three lines:

<vcp2v>
<dontStartConsolidation>true</dontStartConsolidation>
</vcp2v>

Change them to read:

<vcp2v>
<dontStartConsolidation>false</dontStartConsolidation>
</vcp2v>

 

Restart the VirtualCenter service using the Services.msc MMC snapin in Windows. The Consolidation Button should now be available in your VI, Providing that that it's installed and enabled and that VMware Capacity Planner is installed on the vCenter server.

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