I have a CentOS box running VMWare server 1.x. This box has been around a long time so these are both not updated to the latest versions. Every once in a while, the virtual machines that are hosted on this box stop responding. I can't control the machines even from the console. I also can't seem to gracefully stop the vmware services, it just hangs on "Stopping Virtual Machines". In /var/log/messages I see "kernel: hda: lost interrupt" that start occurring about hte time when the VM's stop working. Also, when I reboot the host, it hangs on Stopping Virtual Machines as it is trying to stop the vmware services, followed by hda: lost interrupt being written on the sreen. At that point, all I can do is power offe the server to reboot.
Has anyone seen this before? Is this a specific issue with the VMware services and the hda device?