I took a closer look at the files you sent. The base image vmx is using
scsi0.virtualDev = "lsisas1068". The vmguest vmx is using
scsi0.virtualDev = "LsiLogic". Setting the vmguest vmx file to
lsisas1068 should allow the guest to boot.
The VMware SDK and vim-cmd utility return "LsiLogic" even though a
virtual hard drive was created using the "lsisas1068" controller type.
If you look inside the first vmdk file, it probably also contains
ddb.adapterType = "LsiLogic". As a result, it's impossible for VCL to
know if an image was created using LsiLogic or lsisas1068. LsiLogic is
used because that's what VMware reported the disk to be using.
I'd like to eventually improve the hardware compatibility by saving the
data from the original vmx file when an image is captured and using it
to generate new vmx files when reservations are made.
For now, avoid lsisas1068. I don't know if the virtual disk can be
converted. I think it will be easiest to recreate the base image. Be
sure to expand the "Product Compatibility" option under "Guest Operating
System" and choose Virtual Hardware version 4. I believe this should
cause it to use LsiLogic. Check the virtualDev value in the vmx file
before installing the OS. ESXi allows you to specify which adapter to
use but I don't think Server 2.0 has this option.
On 2/9/2011 12:18 PM, James Patrick Sigmon wrote:
It still has the same problem with "winvista-64" in the vmx file. To clarify,
the original image boots up fine, but the copy VCL makes for a reservation doesn't.
On Feb 9, 2011, at 10:53 AM, Andy Kurth wrote:
It looks like VMware Server 2.0 doesn't recognize the Windows 7 guestOS values. Try
changing it to "winvista-64" and see if this allows the VM to boot. If this
works, I can add an exception in the code to use the winvista guestOS values for Windows
7 under VMware Server 2.0.
On 2/9/2011 3:08 AM, James Patrick Sigmon wrote:
Sorry I for not responding earlier; I had to put this issue on the back burner
for a bit for other things.
Attached is the output for the vcld.log. Also, the error is currently captured
in the attached screenshot. The vmguests for this image still fail to start.
Here is the basic output from VMware:
[root@server15 Virtual Machines]# vmware-vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms
Vmid Name File
Guest OS Version Annotation
208 vmwarewin7-base-v1 [local]
384 vmguest-3:vmwarewin7-base-v1 [local]
The guestOS value is "windows7-64." I've also, attached copies of the vmx
files for the base image and the vmguest.
On Jan 28, 2011, at 2:23 PM, Andy Kurth wrote:
What is the guestOS value in the .vmx file? Also, it would be helpful to
include the vcld.log output.
On 1/26/2011 3:14 PM, James Patrick Sigmon wrote:
With the Internet issue resolved, I was able to return to my Windows 7 image
and complete the Cygwin install. I proceeded to complete all the necessary
When I make a reservation for the image, it gets to where it boots the image then windows
fails to load - "Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change
might be the cause" (see attached screenshot).
I checked the vmware server manager and the only difference I can see is that
the vmguest is being assigned the Guest OS: Other (32-bit). As my image is a
64-bit, I believe this to be a hint at the problem. I double checked the
database and the architecture is set to x86_64. So I'm at a lose as to what's
going on here.