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Booting Error ESXi 4 vsd-mount can't access tty; job control turned off

Hi Everyone,
The last Friday we restart my enclosure C3000 to change the UPS Battery, in 2  baldes we have  a vmware ESX, before to shutdown the enclosure , I  shutdown vm, put vmware in maintenace mode and shutdown the host OS. After rebooting one of them show me a error in booting:

vsd- mount !!

/bin/sh: can't access tty, job control turned off

I am wondering if for some reason  my esxconsole.vmdk is corrupeted when i make  a ls in this fodler we only found  esxoconsole-flat.console .

Any ideas to repair the booting in this server?

Kinds Regards

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

8/22/2022 - Mon
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

re-install ESXi 4.x from the installation media.

Hi Andrew,

Thanks for your fast answer,

Could you tell some trips to avoid delete old configuration , we have a LUN configureed and some VM in the local hard disk and i dont want to lose....

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

I would disconnect all network cables, just in case.

An installation, should detect and existing ESXi installation, and preserve your VMFS datastore, where the VMs are installed.

As for the configuration, it will be reset, and you will have to re-configure from documentation, or backups you took of the configuration!
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Hi Andrew,

Well the problem is we configure a scsi connection to a NAS disk and i dont want to lost.

How to make a copy of the configuration if only is possible to connect to the console by iLO.
We dont have any connectivity and we can only use recovery shell ......

Mr Tortu(r)e

Hi Adhominem,
without interrupting what you're in with Andrew, don't you say you have 2 blades with ESXi and that only one was not rebooting correctly?
Is the alive ESXi configured with the same NAS disk?
If yes you could get the config on this ESXi and put it back on the one you will reinstall.

If not, don't you have anything from the not booting ESXi storage config ? Notes, screenshots, the "NAS disk" IP address, something?

I never use recovery shell, don't know if the command are the same as with normal shell..

Hi  Andrew and Tortur

Sorry for the delay in my answer but we worked in the middle of a migration.

Finally we decide to repair the system with the Esxi Installation and we lost the configuration because is not possible to repair the partition

We repair reinstall ESXi and recover the machines with the vmdk we stored in NAS.

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