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VMware 4.1 Essentials - warning: bank 1 partition type invalid. ignoring

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One of the vmware hosts in my DR cluster failed yesterday - shows the following on screen:

cannot get bank 1 parameters
warning: bank 1 partition type invalid. ignoring
cannot get bank 2 parameters
warning: bank 2 partition type invalid. ignoring
Panic: No useable banks found

The only system change in the last 3 months othe rthan usual patch updates is that one HDD failed at the start of last week - hot spare took up the slack and the failed drive was replaced successfully.  Can anyone shed any light on why the host should suddenly fail and give the above message?

Host affected is a Dell 2950 II running VMware Essentials 4.1, 6 x 146GB SAS (raid 5), 16GB ram, Xeon 1.6Ghz
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ID: 39684888
We have seen this when the installion has become corrupted, and partitions are not correct.

Is this ESXi?

Is it installed locally to a disk or USB flash drive or SD card?
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by:cmdown
ID: 39685026
Hi Hanccocka

The DR cluster is running VMware Vsphere 4 Essentials - boots initially from a USB flash drive.  

All 3 DR cluster hosts are currently powered off & I've pulled the flash drive from the host that has failed but can access it ok on another pc

Flash contains 4 files as follows:
ldlinux.sys
mboot.c32
safeboot.c32
syslinux.cfg
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ID: 39685032
Yes, we've seen this corrupt, USB installation or USB reader, slot.

Re-install, to a new USB flash drive. e.g. SanDisk, HP, Kingston.

Also check the BOOT Order, Emulation Type has not changed in the Server BIOS.
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by:compdigit44
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Have you check the USB emulation mode in the bios:
http://www.petenetlive.com/KB/Article/0000501.htm
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by:cmdown
ID: 39701029
Hi comp - yes, one of the first things checked - no dice :o(
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by:compdigit44
ID: 39701201
To add-on to hanccocka post, have you tried to take the usb stick and place it in a test workstation to see if you are able to boot from it?

Also you could try to run a diagnostic or repair on your USB stick. I have not personally tried any of these though..

http://www.rmprepusb.com/tutorials/repair-your-usb-flash-drive
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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Replace USB, and Re-install.
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by:cmdown
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Further to the above I have also had feedback from vmware ts which is the same as the last post by hanccoocka.  Although not a well published error message the esxi host boot partition is corrupt and the esxi requires re-installing.
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