VmWare ESX 3.5 – Disconnections and Failed Convertions!

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Hi Guys,

I am hoping that someone out there can help me with this.

I have a ESX 3.5 server with 5 systems on it, ranging from XP to Server 2k3, some of the systems are powered on and some are not.

When I connect to the server through Infrastructure Client, after about 10 minutes I get disconnected. The software reports that a connection has been lost and do I want to return to the log in screen, if I say yes, it lets me log back in.

Also with this same server when ever I try to use the standalone Convertor to move a live system to another VM Server so I can rebuild this one, it fails on every system on this server. other servers work fine. The error it gives me is "A general system error occurred: vmodl.fault.InvalidRequest" or it will start to convert and fail part way through.

Finally when I go to download the systems from the datastore, it will often kick me out with the disconnect message again!!

ANY assistance to get these systems off and on another server would be great.

Many Thanks

Paul Beynon [!-- BEGIN attachments --][!-- END attachments --][!-- BEGIN content details --]

Software/Hardware used:
VmWare ESX 3.5, HP DL360 G4

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Where do you have your virtual machines “living”? Are they on the local machine or on a NFS/SAN volume? The problem could be that you are having local hardware issues with either the network interfaces on that server or the switch it’s connected too. If you have another host available, I would use FastSCP to copy the files from the “bad” esx server to the new esx server.

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  • Denny Cherry
    It sounds like you have a bad NIC on the server. Try installing a new NIC card, or if the hardware is still under warranty call the OEM and have them replace the NIC or motherboard (if the NIC is built on).
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  • Paulbeynon
    Hi guys thanks for the information. The virtual machines are local to the server on the local hard-drives. The server has 2 NIC cards on the motherboard so I have swapped over to the other NIC card. It seems to have stopped kicking me out for the time being, however when I go to convert a machine using the Standalone Convertion tool then I get the following error: FAILED: Unable to connect to the virtual disk. Error: Failed to clone disk 0 on the virtual machine '<servername>'. This is for a Powered off system, if I try using the convertion tool on a powered on system I get the following error: A general system error occurred: vmodl.fault.InvalidRequest Is this starting to look like the hard-drives are the issue? or possibly still on board NIC? Please note that clients are able to connect to these systems and use them without any problems at all. The only problem is getting them off of this server and onto another!! Any help would be very much appreciated Thanks Paul Beynon
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