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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...

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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