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VMWare Tools ErrorSuspend VMAfter upgrading ESXi V4 to V5.1, I saw this error message on all the existing VMs.
So I right clicked each VM, chose Guest and clicked Install/Upgrade VMware Tools.
Some VMs have completed the process and it shows:
VMware Tools: (v) Running (Current)

However I have one VM (windows 2003 Server) that was showing "Blue screen of death" as it tried to boot repeatedly. I can't pressing [F8]  because it goes to BSOD too quick from VMWare logo as it boots. I did not see an option to shudown either. So I suspended it for now.

What went wrong and what are my options here?
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Can you shut the machine off?  Is it safe to shut off (data, applications and whatever else). If you can do that, there may be time to press F8 to get into Safe Mode. If you can, uninstall VMware Tools, and see if it restarts properly. Then install the tools again.
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Since the VM is suspended, now I have an option to power ON and OFF. As you suggested, I will try to power it off and power it on to press [F8].  My question is how do you uninstall VMware Tools?
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I shut it off and restarted VM in Safe/Last known good but it still shows BSOD.
What are other options?
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Do you have CPU affinity configured for this VM? .iso mounted? or RDM configured?
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What is CPU Affinity?
What is RDM? Where can I check these settings?
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Edit the Settings of the VM.

Check CPU and Disks!
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CPUHard DiskSCSI Controller"Check CPU and Disks!" --> I checked CPU and DIsks and did not notice anything different. Of course, I did not change anything in EDIT settings before VM showed BSOD.
Other than applying VMware Tools update, I did not do anything.
It crashed after applying VMware tools update and restarted itself just like other 4 VMs that started w/o a problem.
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