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VCenter VM shuts down on it's own

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The VM I'm using for VCenter seems to shutdown on it's own anytime someone isn't paying attention to it. It's done this a number of times, most recently about 10 mins ago. I had gotten up from the server to talk to an associate and when I came back the server had shut down. In the events, I get a simple log saying "Virtual Machine on localhost.localdomain is powered off," and the task was initiated by "User" Neither my ESX servers or VCenter have a user named User, nor does my domain. My network isn't connected to the internet, and currently exists in one room, so no one is pranking me. Has anyone seen this before? It's more an annoyance than anything, but anyway to prevent it from happening would be helpful.

As some background, the network was stood up approx 3 weeks ago and this has been happening the whole time. The only times it's been happening is when someone is actually working on VMs through the consoles, and then walks away for more than 5 minutes. This most recent time I locked my workstation before leaving. To the best of my knowledge, it's never just dropped out from under anyone yet. And it's ONLY the VCenter VM. All the other ones are stable.

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In the meantime I've removed everything from the "Shut down system" security key, but I'd like to be able to shut the system down without having the change a setting every time. I also checked the event logs but I'm still getting familiar with 2008 and nothing jumped out at me.
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Question by:dallium
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1. No snapshots present

2. have you disabled power management in the VM OS?
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by:vmwarun - Arun
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Check in the Scheduled Tasks (Home tab -> Scheduled Tasks -> if someone has created a task to shutdown the vCenter VM accidentally.
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by:dallium
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@ hanccocka Thanks for responding. There are no shapshots anywhere on my network, and power management is disabled

@arunraju Thanks for responding. There are no scheduled tasks.


I will not be back in the office until the 3rd at 0530 EST. By all means keeping posting, but I will not be able to implement any solutions until then. My ExpertsExchange account is linked to my personal email, so please feel free to post any RFIs (requests for information)
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upload the vmware.log for the VM.
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by:dallium
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I can't upload anything off this network. I will go to jail.
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by:vmwarun - Arun
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Mask off all private stuff like VM names, IP info etc and upload only stuff relevant to VM tasks and events.
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Difficult to diagnose without any logs. I would suggest escalating a request with VMware Support.
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by:dallium
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No, I will literally go to jail for releasing a single byte of data from this system to the internet.

EDIT: Luckily, my exchange servers on my internet facing network have started doing it. I'm download the logs to a PC and will upload them as soon as they finish.

EDIT part duex: Here's the log
vmware.log
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by:vmwarun - Arun
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Is VMware Tools up-to-date?
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by:dallium
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Yes
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by:compdigit44
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1) On the VM, when you view Events, do you see any config changes made on the VM over the past several weeks?

2) Have you tried to connect to the Host directly the vCenter VM is hosted on to see if any scheduled task are setup.

3) Have you tried to vmotion the VM to another host and storage group if possible?

4) Try to use Vmware Convert to clone the VM to rebuild the Vmware config files incase the VM's configuration files are corrupt
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Turns out it was because the effected servers were using Server 2010 unlicensed. We plugged some licenses in and everything worked great.
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Good to know...

Thanks for the update
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Turns out it was because the effected servers were using Server 2010 unlicensed. We plugged some licenses in and everything worked great.
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