It sounds like the boot image is corrupted. You could always reinstall ESXi and leave the datastore intact.
I will try that. I will let you know how it goes.
have a look to sysboot.log and vmkernel.log located in /var/log directory or post it contents...
or collect core dump from host and extract its contents to readable file and attach it to your answer:
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I just received the same exact error.
When I googled it, I found this post which I had forgotten I made back in Sept.
Back then I reinstalled ESXi to get around the error and reconnected to my VMs in the datastore.
This time, I did the exact same thing.
FYI the cause both times was a power outage and the server being shutdown poorly, thereby corrupting the boot image.
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I rebooted, did a <Shift+R> at the boot loader screen to revert to the previous image. This rolled me back one update, but the system booted fine and it was much easier to apply a patch than re-install.
Of course you have to have something to revert to, so this won't work on a fresh install.