Solved

Hyper-v Guest OS Failed to start - Failed to create memory contents file...

Posted on 2008-10-27
5
7,703 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-11
Host Machine:
I Server 2008 x64 SP1
37GB free on drive C: and 369GB free on Drive D:
12GB RAM

Guest OS:
Server 2003 SP2 x86.

Installed fresh a week ago and just all of a sudden, I cant get it to even boot up.

It gives me an error:
An error occurred while attempting to change the state of virtual machine McAfee
'McAfee' failed to initialize.

Failed to create memory contents file 'F:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Hyper-V\Virtual Machines\....(some numbers)...\..morenumbers.bin' of size 2048MB.

I have seen about every article on the net (that I know of )about fixing the problem, but so far no real luck.
It seems to be a lack of memory issue, because the MOST RAM I can allocate to the guest OS for a successful startup is 25MB - hardly suitable.. It originally had 2048MB.

I have tried disabling the Page file on drive C, and putting it only on D. I tried making both a smaller and larger custom size page file on C:. - No Luck.. Once again, now it only boots when I allocate 25MB to the guest OS.. The SAME VHD boots fine using Virtual Server 2005 though...

Here is my Physical Memory Info:
Physical Memory(MB)
Total:     12282
Cached: 1413
Free:      8549

VM-error.jpg
0
Comment
Question by:romerica
5 Comments
 
LVL 13

Accepted Solution

by:
brent_caskey earned 250 total points
ID: 22819232
You need to free up more space on the D: drive. The error message above states that it cannot create the memory contents to the d:\programdata....

Try to free up 2+GB on the D: and try to restart the system again.
0
 
LVL 1

Assisted Solution

by:tomtown
tomtown earned 250 total points
ID: 22821280
I agree with brent, but you might check that the permissions on D:\ProgramData\Windows\Hyper-V\McAfee.. are set correctly (System account at least Change access, i'd try everyone change for a try)
0
 
LVL 1

Expert Comment

by:tomtown
ID: 22821296
Oh, and if this is all good, i'd try to localize the file the error specified and rename it to something like %thatlongID%.bin_old
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:romerica
ID: 31510614
Ok, so it was a combination of Disk Space AND permissions. Im glad both of you responded..

Problem was, I HAVE plenty of disk space (369GB free). BUT - I had quota management enabled and set to DENY requests for people exceeding their quota..

After that, I got a different error message about security permissions, so I went in and gave EVERYONE Full Control to both the Hyper-V and McAfee directories. After that, all was well!

So when it says it has a problem creating "memory", it doesnt mean Physical RAM? I guess it means Disk Space..

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
0
 

Expert Comment

by:Sydtech
ID: 24804547
The solution is definitely correct.  We had a virtual machine--one hosting a pre-production test environment for a a critical custom database--fail to start and give us the error message posted above.  There was only 1 GB of space on the vm's D:/ drive.  We moved about 18GB of files off it and restarted the vm just fine.  Thanks to Brent's solution, we saved considerable time in researching the problem.
0

Featured Post

Best Practices: Disaster Recovery Testing

Besides backup, any IT division should have a disaster recovery plan. You will find a few tips below relating to the development of such a plan and to what issues one should pay special attention in the course of backup planning.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Redirected folders in a windows domain can be quite useful for a number of reasons, one of them being that with redirected application data, you can give users more seamless experience when logging into different workstations.  For example, if a use…
A procedure for exporting installed hotfix details of remote computers using powershell
This tutorial will show how to configure a single USB drive with a separate folder for each day of the week. This will allow each of the backups to be kept separate preventing the previous day’s backup from being overwritten. The USB drive must be s…
This tutorial will walk an individual through setting the global and backup job media overwrite and protection periods in Backup Exec 2012. Log onto the Backup Exec Central Administration Server. Examine the services. If all or most of them are stop…

840 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question