A VERY bad day for VMware

[update 2008-08-13]

The patch is out, read all about it here.


Vmware Knowledge Base ID 1006716 sums up the situation quite succinctly:

Unable to Power On virtual machine with “A General System error occurred: Internal error”

A virtual machine fails to power on, fails to leave suspend mode, or fails to migrate with VMotion and the following message is displayed in the vmware.log file for the virtual machine:

This product has expired. Be sure that your host machine’s date and time are set correctly.

Currently running virtual machines will continue to run but will not be able to perform migration with VMotion, suspend or power on virtual machines.

The cause of the problem? An issue with ESX/ESXi 3.5 Update 2 causes the product license to expire on August 12, 2008!


The good news is VMware promises patches will be available for download by noon PST on August 13.

Comments [1]

  1. Must be painful for IT Managers who’ve recently advocated moving entirely to VMWare ESX for increased availability …

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