ESXi 5.1, In the VMKWarning.log I am getting multiple warnings: LinScsi: SCSILinuxQueueCommand, driver name: ahci

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I have 2 hosts, each with a couple of windows server VMs. Both are getting entries like this about 20 times a day:

WARNING: LinScsi: SCSILinuxQueueCommand:1193:queuecommand failed with status = 0x1056 Unknown status vmhba0:0:0:0 (driver name: ahci) - Message repeated 12 times

The repeated times varies from 1 to about 70 with an average of about 20 retries.

Nothing has failed. Is there something I need to change?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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We would not necessarily advise poking around the logs, unless you have an issue, because there are lots of warnings, and noise.

Those are common errors, and can be seen in many VMKernel.log, on many ESXi versions.

Sometimes however, they can suggest virtual host bus adaptor issues, and can be associated with with bad drivers, non-certified hardware, or drivers.

So what is the make and model of server, is it on the VMware HCL, and is the Storage Controller certified for use with ESXi ?

again what build of ESXi are you using.

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The hosts are old Compaq Presario desktops. I seriously doubt they are officially supported. I assume the storage controller is on the motherboard. I checked once but didn't find Presario on the HCL. I will replace the existing hosts with supported hardware as I upgrade someday. Honestly.

I am on ESXi 5.1 U2.

What I was shooting for is maybe I have some settings set wrong somewhere that is causing the warnings. For example, I have SATA drives and some of my VMs' hard drives are defined as SCSI drives. Would that cause this type of problem?

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The hosts are old Compaq Presario desktops. I seriously doubt they are officially supported. I assume the storage controller is on the motherboard. I checked once but didn't find Presario on the HCL. I will replace the existing hosts with supported hardware as I upgrade someday. Honestly.

Not they are not certified or supported hardware.

What I was shooting for is maybe I have some settings set wrong somewhere that is causing the warnings. For example, I have SATA drives and some of my VMs' hard drives are defined as SCSI drives. Would that cause this type of problem?

No, the hardware in the host, has nothing to do with the virtual hardware in the VMs.

If you do not have any current issues, it's just noise, or the storage controller is not compatible with ESXi - I would think the latter.

Those errors, seem to be timeouts possible on the SATA BUS, you'll know if you have an issue, because the disks will lock, and the VM will pause, or you'll get a PSOD. (purple screen of death)

You could try 5.1 U3. (the last and latest version of 5.1 which is build 3070626 - 1st Oct 2015

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