VMware just officially released VMware ESX 3i, you can download the installable iso here. For now it’s only supported on Dell Poweredge 2950(Full) and HP DL380G5(Experimental) servers. Check out the installable, I booted it within VMware Workstation and right until I tried to boot a VM it worked fine, than it crashed. [Read more…] about VMware ESX 3i installable general availability
When patching ESX Hosts with iSCSI attached SAN’s it’s possible you encounter the following event when starting a VM:
“A general system error occured: The system returned an error. Communication with the virtual machine may have been interrupted.”
This is caused by the fact that the “Software iSCSI Client” isn’t enabled on the ESX firewall. November the 15th VMware released a couple of patches which addressed a bug. This bug made it possible to connect via the iSCSI software initiator without enabling the service on the ESX firewall. To open up the port open a console session to the ESX host and type “esxcfg-firewall -e swISCSIClient” or enable it via VirtualCenter “Configuration -> Security Profile -> Properties -> Check Software iSCSI Client”.
After a p2v there are several “ghosted devices” left in the VM. This could for instance cause a message about having already assigned the same ip-address to another NIC when configuring your network.
This problem is caused by hidden devices which should be removed after a P2V:
- Within Windows open up the command prompt
- type “set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1”
- start “devmgmt.msc”
- Click on “View” and select “Show Hidden Devices”
- Uninstall all grayed out devices