[Linux-cluster] ESX 2.5.3 hangs while booting up at "VM Kernel"

CRISTI crypope at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 26 14:50:52 UTC 2008

VMkernel take few minutes to load sometimes. How long did you waited? Give at least 10 minutes and let us know the exact error message.

To me looks like a hardware issue, SCSI related to local disk. Try to boot by selecting only Linux kernel option (the last option from the boot menu that normally is used only for upgrades and maintenance). That should work as there is no vmkernel loaded.

Did you done any recent hardware changes like unplugging/plugging of any cards? Is the VMFS SAN FC/iSCSI based?

What hardware are you running?

Thank you,

From: sunhux G <sunhux at gmail.com>
To: linux clustering <linux-cluster at redhat.com>
Sent: Friday, December 26, 2008 6:14:08 AM
Subject: [Linux-cluster] ESX 2.5.3 hangs while booting up at "VM Kernel"

Our VMWare server ESX 2.5.3 self-crashed & failed to boot up.
It stopped at the point "VM Kernel ..."  while booting up
Is this a hardware or ESX OS fault?
If OS fault, is there any way to copy over a good kernel or
boot up from single user to recover from it?

We don't have any backup of the ESX, only the Wintel clients
(ie the VMs are the only ones with backup)
I was told in the past we just need to reinstall ESX but now
we can't even find the old ESX 2.5.3 media (just shifted office/
datacentre).  Can we use the ESX 3.5.3 media (but was told
we don't have the licence)
Any suggestions?

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