×
INTELLIGENT WORK FORUMS
FOR COMPUTER PROFESSIONALS

Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you a
Computer / IT professional?
Join Tek-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!
  • Students Click Here

*Tek-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here

ESXi 3.5 host halted last night

ESXi 3.5 host halted last night

ESXi 3.5 host halted last night

(OP)
One of my ESXi hosts halted last night and I need some help finding logs to try and figure out what happened.  We do not have any enterprise tools (i.e. no vCenter, etc.).

When I say halted, I mean that all servers that were running on that host were effectively non-existent, not responding to remote control or pings.  When I tried to connect via VI Client, it said the client was not available.  When I looked at the console of the server the screen was blank except for a cursor flashing in the upper left corner of the screen.

I know this happened at 10pm last night because I have other tools monitoring the servers that told me they went offline.

But in my VI Client, when I click on the top line (shows machine name) then the Events tab, it only shows since I rebooted it this morning.  Then I click on the Administration button and see the System Logs and it appears to show from today at 14:54 (is this UTC?  I ask because it's only 8:33am!) to today at 15:22.  If these times are UTC, I am in Pacific time so right now we are -7 due to Daylight Saving Time, so 14:54 is 7:54am which is the time I power cycled the machine.  

Is there any where else I can find logs?

Thanks!

RE: ESXi 3.5 host halted last night

Can you even get to the main ESXi page at the console?  I know you can access logs there through the GUI.  Have you tried a repair on the ESXi installation?

_______________________________________
Great knowledge can be obtained by mastering the Google algorithm.

RE: ESXi 3.5 host halted last night

From the console of ESXi you can , hit Alt-F1, then type unsupported to get to the command shell.  The try and locate the /var/logs directory

 

_______________________________________
Great knowledge can be obtained by mastering the Google algorithm.

RE: ESXi 3.5 host halted last night

(OP)
I did not do a repair, I just power cycled the box and it came back up and the guests all started like they're supposed to.

I can get to the console now that it's been rebooted.  I'll try looking where you suggest, but aren't those the same logs I was looking at through the VI client?  That says the log is /var/log/vmware/hostd.log.  Is there another I should look at?

Thanks!

RE: ESXi 3.5 host halted last night

On the console, there is an option to look at logs without going in to the command shell
 

_______________________________________
Great knowledge can be obtained by mastering the Google algorithm.

RE: ESXi 3.5 host halted last night

(OP)
Great, thanks!  I'll look there.

h

Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Tek-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Tek-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Tek-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Tek-Tips and talk with other members! Already a Member? Login

Close Box

Join Tek-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical computer professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Tek-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close