I haven't hard powered off my ESX servers (I have two with this predicament now!) I'm very hesitant to hard shut down but I'm running out of options.
If I can't get in on the console and can't get in on the HTTP manager is there really any other way to get into these things? HaX0rs help me!
Oh, a few other details.
The two ESX servers that have this issue are 3.0.2 builld 52542. I do have other ESX 3.0.2 systems that are correctly functioning, I also have a few 3.5 servers in this evnironment functioning properly.
Storage for these systems is locally attached disk, so no SAN in play on these.
crap... Im thinkin reinstall esx.. but I have not done that with local storage... My vm's are on a san ....I think you could reinstall as an upgrade ... there is a check box that has to do with keeping the vms on the local storaage If I remember correctly... you should get that confirmed ..
Sometimes I just want to kick myself...
Ok so F1 to get on the console not F11...attention to detail!
Anyhow. Once I logged into the console I did find a nice error message waiting on one of my ESX servers:
SCSI device sdb:2097151 512-byte hdwr sectors (1074MB)
I/O Error: dev 08:10, sector 0
Unable to read partition table
The other host exhibiting this behavior did not seem to have the same error or anything obvious...
ah ... I mis-understood.. when you said you could not get on the console ... I thought you could not get on the console LoL
ok but at this point I dont have enough experience with CLI to help you ... Im sorry
So I went into /etc/rc3.d and restarted S98mgmt-vmware and this fixed one of my ESX server's issues. I've adjusted the SC Memory to 512 and will reboot this server when I get some downtime.
The other one appears to have some sort of I/O Error listed in my previous post.
It is a Dell 2950 and I saw another post stating something about the DRAC (Dell Remote Access Controller) so I need to schedule some downtime for this host and reboot and disable the Virtual Media setting in DRAC. We'll see if that fixes it.
So I ended up rebooting my last ESX server that would not come back on the console.
I found that the following helped get me reconnected:
1. Restarted VirtualCenter Server service on our Virtual Console server
2. Removed Virtual CD/Floppy stuff from the Dell Remote Access Controller ( DRAC )
3. Increased Service Console Memory to 512MB up from default 272 or something silly like that.
4. And of course, the standard server "reboot"
Hope this helps someone....