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vCenter Server 6.5 Fails To Boot

The vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) is a preconfigured Linux virtual machine, which is optimized for running the VMware vCenter Server and associated services on Linux.
VMware vCenter is a management software for vSphere environment. It enables the management of your entire VMware virtual infrastructure. vCentre has two versions:

A Software to be deployed on a Windows Server (physical or virtual)
A virtual appliance that is based on Linux (vCenter Server Appliance: VCSA)

It provides exactly the same functionality as the traditional Windows vCenter Server but packaged in a Linux distribution. Now, VMware recommends using Appliance instead of Windows.



During the boot process of the VMware VCSA 6.5, some errors occurred that impede the appliance to boot properly. You may see the following errors:

It is resulting failure while executing any command on the shell in emergency mode, after rebooting the vCenter Server Appliance.
fsck failed with error code 4.
vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 fails to start File System Check and reports below the error:

VMware VCSA 6.5



This error occurs when there is a storage failure or power failure.
This problem may occur due to file system issues.
You may not be able to login onto my Webclient server caused by storage outage or interruption.



To fix this error, follow these steps:
Note: Before performing these steps, you should take a snapshot or backup of the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.

1. Reboot the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 and immediately after the OS starts, press the key ‘E’ to open the GNU GRUB Edit Menu.

2. Find the line in Edit Menu that starts with the word linux.

3. Affix the following to the end of that line:

4. After then press the F10 key to continue the booting process.

5. Execute the following command to find the file systems:

:/# /bin/sh
:/# /bin/mount
:/# blkid
Note: You will see the list of devices mounted with the disk uuid.

6. Execute the command:
:/# e2fsck -y /dev/sda3
Note: The nodes will be fixed automatically as we have given -y.

Or (For advance users only)
Run the below mentioned command, in case you to review before answering
# fsck /dev/sda3

Answer yes to all the questions to repairs, Inodes and fix the issues.

Inodes and fix the issues

7. After fixing all the detected issues, reboot the vCSA by following these options: Action>Power>Reset

8. Click ‘yes’ to confirm.

After fixing all the detected issues

After reboot, the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) should work now.

3 thoughts on “vCenter Server 6.5 Fails To Boot”

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  2. Thanks! These instructions worked exactly as detailed. I only have an ESXi 6.5 that had this problem from before I’ve looked at it.

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