IP error

Posted on 2008-06-26
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
We have a MAJOR problem. When we start the ESX the login screen says that the IP address to configure the host is
In addition we get the following error:

0:00:00:06.942 cpul:1031) Init:1585: Invalid vmkernal id:0.  Distributed vmfs locking may not work.

0:00:02:34.008 cpu0:1031) Mod:490: initialization for vmfs2 failed with -1.

Our machines are downs and we tried to reboot several times.
Question by:Starquest321
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Author Comment

ID: 21877466
On a different ESX server the error is slightly different:

0:00:00:18.161 cpu3:1034) Init:1585: invalid vmkernel id:0.  Distributed vmfs locking may not work.

0:00:01:52.636 cpu3:1034) Mod:490 initialization for vmfs2 failed with -1.

Please please help....
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Expert Comment

ID: 21878185
Do you have a dhcp server on the same segment as the Service Console is connected? If not make sure that the host name and IP address for the interface are correctly configured

What version of ESX is this? What SAN brand/type?

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ID: 21880981
How can I check  I check that the host name and IP address for the interface are correctly configured?

This is ESX 3.0
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ID: 21881507
Do you have a dhcp server and dns server on your local network?

You can check the Service Console nic setting with the command (run as root on the Service Console):
esxcfg-vswif -l

You can also define ip settings using:
esxcfg-vswif -a vswif0 -p Service\ Console -i -n -b

..where is used as an example for the ip address of your esx' Service Console.

You can also set hostname and def gw by editing the file /etc/sysconfig/network


Author Comment

ID: 21886266
I have the DHCP server enabled on the network. Also when I check the config using the command line you gave me:

esxcfg-vswif -l

It tells me that DHCP is enabled.

Now when I reboot I get a for an IP address. So it must be a hardware failure, right?
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ID: 21887765
Is the link led of the nic of the Service Console lit up? Have you checked the cabling? How is the switch port configured?


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