Bye, bye Service Console

This isn’t just another article about vSphere 5. It’s not my aim simply to rattle off a list of new and improved features. There are probably a plethora of those posts out there already, some better than others – use Google to find them. I was inspired to write this after I saw white paper linked to on Twitter about the differences between ESX and ESXi written by Global Knowledge. Actually it was the responses to that article that prompted me. Of all of the many changes announced today, it is the departure of the Service Console that is…

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Communication with the virtual machine may have been interrupted

I was trying to power up a new VM on an ESX 3.5 host just now and I got the following error: “A general system error ocurred: The system returned an error. Communication with the virtual machine may have been interrupted” Nice and helpful! It appears that there are two ways to fix this. The first is to reboot your ESX host. Of course this isn't normally practical and you may have VMs running. The alternative is to make your way into the service console and issue the following command: service mgmt-vmware restart Assuming that no errors…

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