How do I repair a bad virtual machine install

Posted on 2014-09-01
Last Modified: 2014-09-01
Good evening EE tech support,

I have been playing with VMware 10 most of the day . I have installed to virtual machines:

1. Windows Server 2012 R2 core  Standard ( Minimal install)
2. Windows Server 2012 R2 GUI  Standard

Both were up and running  not ten minutes ago. Now I can only power on the GUI. I know I can simply re-install the VM and I would be up and running again, but I want to know how to deal with this if this were not a test environment. Below are the details of both installs:

3. The location of both VM's is on a separate drive than the operating system. Drive D: in this instance

4. All of my files for the  Core are still present.

5. Finally here is the error I get when trying to power on or start the guest machine for the 2012 core VM.

Your thoughts on fixing this issue is appreciated.
Question by:BLACK THANOS
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    Accepted Solution

    takeownership of the folder and try again.. check your event logs for errors
    takeown /f d:\foldername /r /d n

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the input David.
    I did what you recommended. By the way, the takeown command must be new in Windows 8. I was wondering where the take ownership tab was in the NTFS security area. I learned something new today.

    To my problem though. I still get the same error:

    Even after I ran the takeown command:

    As you can see there are a few issues with the Windows logs. I will look at them and get back to this post.

    Author Comment

    After rebooting the Windows 8 Machine that has VMware 10 on it , the offending server came back up. David,your input to take ownership and view my eventlogs did the trick.

    Thank you sir.

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