I've recently built a free version 5.1 ESXi server connected to an Openfiler 2.99 Fibre Channel SAN. I remember (Openfiler 2.3 and ESXi 4.1), I used to be able to unplug the fibre cable or server power and reconnect and the guest would resume where it left off. Now, when I try this, the VM never recovers and has to be reset. (which fixes it). Now, the VM guest files are located on a physical disk on the Host and the vmdk is located on the external OF fibre channel. My questions are:
Do all the files need be located on the fibre channel in order to recover the guest vm?
Is this a new timeout feature on esxi 5.1 and is there a way to increase it?
Is there a way to 'jolt' the unresponsive vm to continue once the LUN is represented?