michaelhbach
Contributor
Contributor

How to troubleshoot an unresponsive ESXi host?

Hi,

we have a VSAN cluster built with 4 ESXi hosts. For some reason one of those hosts become unresponsive - 2nd time within three weeks. This means: ESXi host lost his connectivity to vCenter Server. I can't ping the ESXi host. If I connect to the management network, it looks ok but I can't do anything. No response to F12 or F2. I have to cycle power or perform a hard reset to reboot the server. Then it will boot again, initialize the VSAN disk and is back in the cluster.

I checked all server logs but nothing here why it lost his connectivity. What VMware logs can I check? Who can help? I would like to know what happened and how to avoid this.

Thanks for your answers in advance! 

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nidla5
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Hi Michael,

are all 4 ESXi hosts identical (the same HW)? Did you check compatibility matrix?

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michaelhbach
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Yes, all four hosts are identical.

I checked compatibility matrix and our servers are ready to go with the version I installed.

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dekoshal
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You can check vpxa on esxi host and vpxd log on the vcenter. It would easy for you if you know date and time stamp for when issue occurred.

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Best Regards,

Deepak Koshal

CNE|CLA|CWMA|VCP4|VCP5|CCAH

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michaelhbach
Contributor
Contributor

I contacted VMware support now. I will keep you guys updated what they recommend and how they are going to resolve this issue.

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