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Investigating virtual machine file locks on ESX/ESXi

DetailsA virtual machine cannot power on.Powering on a virtual machine fails.Unable to power on a virtual machine.Adding an existing disk (VMDK) to a virtual machine that is already powered on fails with the error:Failed to add disk...

Installing or upgrading to ESXi 5.1 best practices

PurposeThis article provides information about upgrading to ESXi 5.1.Notes:This article assumes that you have read the vSphere Installation and Setup Guide for ESXi 5.1 Installation or the vSphere Upgrade...

Detaching a datastore or storage device from multiple ESXi 5.0 hosts

PurposeThis article provides information on detaching a datastore or storage device from multiple ESXi 5.0 hosts. Note: The documented method using the vSphere Client is limited to detaching the device on a per-host basis....

Attempting to reconnect an ESXi host that appears as Disconnected in vCenter Server fails with the error: Timed waiting for vpxa to start

SymptomsThe ESXi host appears as disconnected in vCenter ServerAttempting to reconnect the host failsYou see the error:A general system error occured: Timed waiting for vpxa to startCauseThis issue occurs if one or more virtual machines...

Licensing the free edition of ESXi 3.5

DetailsThis article provides steps to license and install the free edition of ESXi 3.5.SolutionWhen you register to receive the ESXi Free Download, you receive a link to download your license and the software. Find the serial number...

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