Category Archives: Virtualization

Stop Error “CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION

The guest OS stops running with Stop Error “CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION”, on such condition we need to manually edit the virtual machine setting and change CPUID Mask as mentioned below. This problem is commonly seen while hosting newer versions of operating systems and is resolved in vSphere 5.0 Update 3 To manually create a CPUID mask for […]

How to check machine is physical for virtual server?

How to check machine is physical for virtual server? I was given a Windows remote desktop machine and asked to identify whether the current system is physical or VMware virtual machine. There are several ways to tell the status of the machine, here are those procedures that I have shown to my colleagues, VMware VMTools […]

VMware – Determine Virtual Machine Snapshot Consolidation Needed

VMware – Determine Virtual Machine Snapshot Consolidation Needed The process of snapshot Deletion or Deletion All using Snapshot Manger will consolidate the snapshot files and merge to the existing snapshot file or virtual machine parent disk. Any failure to this task will leave the old snapshot file in the datastore causing storage usage and in […]

VMware – Virtual Machine Consolidation Needed Status

VMware – Virtual Machine Consolidation Needed Status One of my virtual machine stopped responding and was unable to Power-On. The machine reports an alarm with message “Virtual machine consolidation needed status”. Actions Taken Open the Snapshot Manger to identify the active snapshot. Right click the virtual machine and choose Edit Settings, verified to which VMDK […]

VMware VM Error There is no disk in the drive

VMware There is no disk in the drive. Please insert a disk into drive \DeviceHarddisk1\DR3 A colleague reported that his VMware workstation virtual machine failed to power on with the error “there is not disk in the drive. Please insert a disk into drive \DeviceHarddisk1\DR3”. All the attempts to power on the virtual machine failed. […]

VMware failed with message Another task is already in progress

VMware failed with message Another task is already in progress One of the virtual machine was not responding to any tasks and it was giving an error message states, Another task is already in progress I tried two methods to troubleshoot the problem. The first method failed to resolve the problem. First method I tried […]

VMware PowerCLI Command References Download

VMware PowerCLI Command References Downloads A powerful tool in administrating VMware infrastructure is VMware PowerCLI, through the command let we can manage all the requirements. There are two documents that I found useful (all in on single page pdf), thank you for the author who created it. VMware PowerCLI4.1.1-Print-At-Home-Office VMware Management with PowerCLI 5.0 Knowledge […]

HAL_INTIALIZATION_FAILED for Windows 8 and 2012 with VMware ESXi 5

HAL_INTIALIZATION_FAILED for Windows 8 and 2012 with VMware ESXi 5 My Windows 8 and 2012 server installation failed with error message “HAL_INTIALIZATION_FAILED ; Your PC run into a problem and needs to restart…” as described in the below attached image. I was trying to install both Operating systems as a new virtual machine in VMware […]

VMware vSphere Error: Call “ServiceInstance.RetrieveContent” for object “ServiceInstance” on Server “IP address” failed.

VMware vSphere Error: Call "ServiceInstance.RetrieveContent" for object "ServiceInstance" on Server "IP address" failed. The (404) Not Found error can be noticed while trying to login vSphere using HTTP protocol instead of HTTPS. Recommend way is to use the vCenter server name or IP address in the IP address / Name field of vSphere client. I […]