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Vmware 5.1.0 PSOD and Windows 8.1

Situation

The OS was built and running fine on my SHuTTLE SH67 32GB, i7 CPU Vmware 5.1.0 box.

Steps

The moment i tried to copy a ISO (smaller files seemed to be ok) to or from the Windows 8.1 machine the entire ESXi box would PSOD.

Connecting from the *.1 to a XenServer machien to install the client tools also rendered the ESX PSOD.

Resolution?

Workaround

Change the Windows 8.1 from using the E1000 network NIC driver to the VMXNet3. All problems gone! (for now!)

 

References:

https://communities.vmware.com/message/2301745

http://forums.veeam.com/vmware-vsphere-f24/vsphere-5-5-tests-done-t17869-60.html

 

 

Enable VMWARE Fault Tolerance (FT) in a Nested ESXi environment

Assuming here that your ESXi environment is already nested and configured appropriately.

Power Off the guest ooerating system you want to enable FT for

Disconnect the CD / DVD (or select client devic eoption)

GO to options tab and sele the Advanced / General Button

ON right hand side click configuration parameters button

Add 3 ROWs

Name: replay.allowFT Value: true

Name: replay.supported Value: true

Name: replay.allowBTOnly Value: true

 

Other Info:

You ned VT-X as a feature of you rphysical CPU adn this needs to be passed through to your Nested ESXI host.

http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2012/08/how-to-enable-nested-esxi-other.html < See this blog for more details.

It matters greatly if you are using ESXi 5.0 or 5.1