You may not power on a virtual machine in a virtual machine esxi 4.1 in esxi 4.1

by Grzegorz Kulikowski

I thought i solved this some time ago but…
When powering on VM inside virtualized esxi 4.1 on esxi4.1 host i got an error
You may not power on a virtual machine in a virtual machine
I thought 2-3 weeks ago i had to deal with this issue but i forgot to test it 😉 and assumed that it will work… don’t ask.
What i did is that i put option
monitor_control.restrict_backdoor = “TRUE” in vmx.
Well , it’s not enough , now i had also to add
guestOS = “vmkernel”
monitor_control.vt32 = “TRUE”
monitor_control.restrict_backdoor = “TRUE”
When updating the vmx, you will have the guestOS option already set up, so delete it first, because esxi vm will not start and will say that it already has a variable guestos defined.
After rebooting esxi vm, it’s albe to start other vms inside.

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adarsh April 9, 2014 - 7:47 am

You may not power on a virtual machine in a virtual machine.
Apr 09 10:22:31.726: vmx| —————————————-
Apr 09 10:22:31.726: vmx| Transitioned vmx/execState/val to poweredOff
Apr 09 10:22:31.895: vmx| vmdbPipe_Streams Couldn’t read: OVL_STATUS_EOF
Apr 09 10:22:31.895: vmx| VMX idle exit
Apr 09 10:22:31.897: vmx| Flushing VMX VMDB connections
Apr 09 10:22:31.898: vmx| IPC_exit: disconnecting all threads
Apr 09 10:22:31.898: vmx| VMX exit (0)

pls find the logs which i am able to get …i have all the steps above which you have mentioned and still m not able to poweron my VM
Below you can find my .vmx file

#!/usr/bin/vmware
.encoding = “ASCII”

config.version = “8”
virtualHW.version = “4”

displayName = “io1”

guestOS = “sles”

nvram = “io1.nvram”

memsize = “256”

rtc.diffFromUTC = 0

uuid.action = “create”
uuid.location = “56 4d 93 27 70 7d 4d 08-13 77 d6 1b dd 42 f3 b2”
uuid.bios = “56 4d 93 27 70 7d 4d 08-13 77 d6 1b dd 42 f3 b2”

usb.present = “FALSE”
sound.present = “FALSE”
floppy0.present = “FALSE”
scsi0.present = “FALSE”
scsi0:0.present = “FALSE”

ide0:0.present = “TRUE”
ide0:0.fileName = “io1.vmdk”
ide0:0.redo = “”

ide1:0.present = “TRUE”
ide1:0.startConnected = “FALSE”
ide1:0.deviceType = “cdrom-image”

ide1:1.present = “TRUE”
ide1:1.startConnected = “FALSE”
ide1:1.deviceType = “cdrom-image”

ethernet0.present = “TRUE”
ethernet0.vnet = “/dev/vmnet3”
ethernet0.connectionType = “custom”
ethernet0.address = “00:50:56:17:00:00”
ethernet0.addressType = “static”
ethernet0.virtualDev = “e1000”

ethernet1.present = “TRUE”
ethernet1.vnet = “/dev/vmnet4”
ethernet1.connectionType = “custom”
ethernet1.address = “00:50:56:17:03:00”
ethernet1.addressType = “static”
ethernet1.virtualDev = “e1000”

serial0.present = “TRUE”
serial0.fileType = “file”
serial0.fileName = “Serial.out”
answer.msg.serial.file.open = “append”

msg.autoAnswer = “TRUE”

extendedConfigFile = “io1.vmxf”

virtualHW.productCompatibility = “hosted”
tools.upgrade.policy = “manual”

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psvmware April 9, 2014 - 9:49 am

is that an esxi vm that you are trying to power on ?

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