This article provides guidelines for accessing virtual machines on local storage when the ESXi server installation is unable to boot successfully. This article uses the ESXi 4.x Install DVD as a live environment for troubleshooting, but can be used to recover data written by ESX/ESXi 3.x or 4.x.
The process can also be performed using the ESX 4.x Install DVD. For more information see Using ESX installation media for access to virtual machine files (1030778).
You may require access to your virtual machine files if:
root" and press enter.
esxcfg-*commands. Yoy may need to load the VMFS driver to detect the VMFS volume by using the command:
esxcfg-vmknicto set a static IP address. For more information, see Networking Commands in thevSphere Command-Line Interface Installation and Reference Guide.