I have a problem with a couple of WIndows 2012r2 VMs that are sticking when booting up. I have done a hard reset on each of them, I have also updated the hosts to the latest version of ESXi 5.5 (build 3029944) but still having the issue.
VM version: 8
Each VM has multiple vCPU's
When I power cycle one of the VM's I get the Preparing Automatic Repair screen, and then the Windows Splash screen, and then nothing. The VM has been in this state for at least half an hour since the last time I restarted it.
I have also tried the following workaround in the Vmware knowledge base
First method: Manually editing the VM's vmx file one VM at a time.
1. Power off the VM
2. Add the following line to the vmx file:
monitor_control.enable_softResetClearTSC = "TRUE"
3. Reload the VM
4. Power on the VM again.
I think the VM does eventually boot up OK, but these servers are for a client in the US, and I need to be confident that the servers are available when they come in.
Has anybody got any more advice ?