Cannot restart vCenter VM after planned ESXi shutdown
Posted on 2016-07-16
I had to power off my network today for a UPS upgrade. I put the hosts in maintenance mode, shutdown all VM's, and shutdown the hosts using esxcli system shutdown poweroff -r "shutdown reason string". Now when I SSH into the host, after turning maintenance mode off and verifying , I enter vim-cmd vmsvc/power.on <vmid> and get "Powering on VM: Power on failed". When I try to access the logs with /var/log/hostd.log I get "Permission denied" even though I am logged in as root user. When I run vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms (I have 3 VM's on this host) it shows this line three times: "Skipping invalid VM <vmid>". vCenter is on one of these VM's.
Any help would be extremely appreciated.