DavidChristense
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Adding 19th Hard Disk Causes "Cannot Allocate Memory" Error

Running Openfiler 2.99 x86_64 in a VM.  Current configuration has 18 SCSI hard drives apread across two "LSI Logic Parallel" controllers, 12 drives on the first controller, 6 drives on the second controller.  Adding hard disk 19 onto the second controller causes the following error when powering on the VM:

Task Details:

  Name: PowerOnVM_Task

  Status: Reason: Cannot allocate memory.

  Description: Power On virtual machine

  Start Time: 3/4/2012 10:34:37 AM

  Completed Time: 3/4/1012 10:34:37 AM

  State: Error

Error Stack:

-> Reason: 0 (Cannot allocate memory).

-> Cannot open the disk '/vmfs/volumes/4f4ef22b-882b4120-e717-842b2becd0b/Openfiler/Openfiler_18.vmdk' or one of the snapshot disks it depends on.

Additional Task Details:

  Host Build: 469512

  Error Type: GenericVmConfigFault

  Task Id: Task

  Cancelable: False

  Cancelled: False

  Description Id: VirtualMachine.powerOn

  Event Chain Id: 164016321

  Progress: 100

Adding memory to the VM didn't help.  The number of drives/controllers appears to be lower than the published Vsphere 5 maximums (http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere5/r50/vsphere-50-configuration-maximums.pdf) so I believe this configuration should work.  Any advice on what to try to resolve the problem?

Dave

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TomHowarth
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what is the virtual Hardware level of the guest?

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DavidChristense
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Virtual Machine Version: 8

Dave

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BSSadmin
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Hi,

we have exactly the same problem here (but vm version is 7).

We have some big fileservers with 12 disks for example, 1 disk on sas controller and all the others on pvscsi controller.

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a_p_
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I'm not sure, but this could be an issue with the heap size configuration for the host (see http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1004424) I never had this issue myself, so please be careful in case you are going to modify this setting.

André

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