gp6778
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Help with vmware-vpxa service

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Hello all,

I really need some help! I am running ESX 3.5. One of my hosts disconnected from my VC cluster (4 hosts total). I think I somehow I followed a discussion and deleted vpxa rpm. So when I do service vmware-vpxa restart, it tells me cannot find the service. I still can find the vpxa.cfg file. But how do I reinstall the vpxa and get my host reconnect to virtualcenter?

Many thanks!

GP

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Troy_Clavell
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once the host is added back to your vCenter inventory, the vpx agent will get reinstalled on the host in question.  There should be no need for manaul intervention.

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Remove the ESX host from the VC, then re-add it.

here is a KB though if you need it:

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=100371...

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gp6778
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Thanks!

However I cannot find rpm vpxa package anywhere in the host.

if I do, rpm -qa | grep vpxa, it returns nothing.

Should I download a new one to the host? If I do, where can I download a new one?

thanks,

GP

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Troy_Clavell
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once the host is added back to your vCenter inventory, the vpx agent will get reinstalled on the host in question.  There should be no need for manaul intervention.

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The remove and re-add does the install for you - the KB was just so you could understand the full process (but no manual interaction other than remove - re-add required)

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gp6778
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Thanks all for the reply.

I followed the article and restarted the services and deleted vpxa, etc.. I was only able to add host after many many try. But then it disconnected again from Virtualcenter after two hours. So I followed the steps again, it took me about another 6~7 hours (stop/restart the services and wait), it fainlly allows me to add the host again. But the process stuck at 80% for half hour. Then it tells me "Unable to access the specified host. It either does not exist, the server software is not responding, or thereis a network problem."

Any idea how to solve the problem? Any work around? Should I reboot the ESX?

thank you so much for your help!

GP

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1) check DNS configuration on the ESXi server and your DNS server that  ESX points to making sure you have the appropriate entries
2) Check host files etc in /etc/hosts, /etc/resolve.conf,  /etc/sysconfig/network and /etc/vmware/esx.conf files
2) try to disconnect and reconnect your ESXi host from your vCenter  inventory, this uninstalls and reinstalls the vCenter agent using FQDN  and then with IP address if FQDN didn't work
3) Try Restarting both the vCenter management agent on the ESX host and  the ESX host management agent. Learn how to do this here: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=100349...
4) If the above didn't do anything for you, it could be lost  connectivity to a LUN, which can cause problems with ESX (less now than  earlier versions ESX 2.x), connect to ESXi host directly with VI Client  and perform a rescan of your storage adaptors and LUNs.

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gp6778
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I ended up rebooting the ESX host. Then everything is backup. For some reasons, VC does not allow me to add the host back prior to the reboot. I believe this is because host lost connection to one of small LUN.

Really thank you for all your help!

regards,

GP

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