I just installed a new 3.02 host and patched it with all current patches using vmts patch manager. I'm now trying to bring the first guest OS online in the host, OS is Win 2k3 x64 but I get the same error with a brand new guest as well.
"A general system error occured. The system returned an error. Communication with the virtual machine may have been interrupted."
I'm licensed on the same server as the rest of my esx farm but none of my guest systems will power up when they are homed to this host.
not getting ANY log file generated? That smells very much like a disk on the host which has gone read only.
Have you logged into the console and tried writing to disk?
Eg. in your home folder what happens if you try:
That should create a file "is_this_writable.txt" in your home folder. If that doesn't work try once more as root (although it should have worked for the normal user as well)
If you can't do that... the disk is "broken" and you'll at least need to run fsck when the disk isn't mounted.
Sorry, I am getting a log file, I just wasn't looking in the right spot.
Here's what's being logged when the power-on fails:
[<date/timestamp> 'BaseLibs' 13966256 warning] The VMX process died prematurely
[<date/timestamp> 'BaseLibs' 13966256 warning] VMHSLaunchVM failed: Failed to launch peer process
[<date/timestamp> 'Vmsvc' 3076452480 error] Failed to do Power Op: Error: The system returned an error. Communication with the virtual machine may have been interrupted
It then logs a Failed operation and resets the power state handler.