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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...

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....

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...

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...

Logging in to the vCenter Server 5.0 Web Client fails with the error: unable to connect to vCenter Inventory Service

DetailsAfter upgrading from vCenter Server 4.1 to 5.0, you experience these symptoms:Cannot log in to the Web ClientLogging in to the Web Client failsYou see the error:unable to connect to vCenter Inventory Service -...

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