I am trying to use vicfg-cfgbackup.pl to backup the configurations of two new hosts running ESXi 5.0 U2. The command is returning this error:
"Restore failed: A general system error occurred: Internal error"
Shortly thereafter, I receive an error via email from the vCenter server:
Stateless event alarm
([Event alarm expression: Host error] OR [Event alarm expression: Host warning])
Issue detected on 10.1.x.x in ABC: Bootbank cannot be found at path '/usr/lib/vmware/hostd/docroot/downloads//firmware-backup.406124'
I have tried using the following two syntaxes:
vicfg-cfgbackup.pl --server 10.1.x.x -s c:\temp
vicfg-cfgbackup.pl –save –server 10.1.x.x –username root –password password backup.bak
Both result in the same errors. Any suggestions? Thanks.
I am having a similar problem with one of my esxi host. I am using the ESXi version 5.0.0 and i am trying to update to 5.1.0(b). I logged to powercli, connect to my host using "Connect-VIServer "ESXihost"",then get-vmhostfirmware -backupconfiguration -destinationpath c:\temp and i got the error:
bootbank cannot be found at path '/usr/lib/vmware/hostd/docroot/downloads/firmware-backup.16772307' (2013-02-11T14:56:36.168Z cpu1:17056984) in vcenter.
Did you figure it out your issue? i will try to reboot the host and then try again. For us, this host is giving un false positive alarms in our local drives so, maybe a reboot could work for us; i will try that tonight a i will update this post.
Did either of you ever figure this out? We're having the same issue backing up two of our ESXi 5.0 hosts, which we'd like to do before upgrading to 5.1. Two of our hosts backup just fine (IBM x3650 M2 servers), but the other two throw this error (IBM x3650 M4 servers). Thanks!
I never did open a SR. However, this post reminded me that I never did get this working. So I just installed vSphere CLI 5.1 (it was never installed on my new PC), and tried again, and it worked! We have since upgraded the hosts to ESXi 5.1, so perhaps there's something in there that fixed this issue.
We just ran into this issue today on our ESXi 6 U2 hosts. Can anyone tell me what set of permissions the /scratch/downloads directory should have? I tested creating it with full permissions on one of my hosts and it did solve the issue. I have not tested if the downloads directory will persist after a reboot.