Wednesday, October 15, 2008

VMWare Server upgrading issue

I upgraded my VMWare Server from 1.x to 2.x recently. Something strange happened since then.

At first beginning, everything looks fine. After a few days, the windows service "VMWare Host Agent" couldn't start up automatically when the host machine boots up, although it's set to start "Automatic". I managed to solve the problem by configuring the "Log On" option in windows service manager, select "This account" and put in user name and password of the administrator manually.

It worked for a few days, and then I got an error for any VM when connecting with "VMWare Infrastructure WebAccess" through a browser window. The error message is "Unable to connect to the MKS: Login (username/password) incorrect.".

So after a few days confusing, I reconfigured the windows service to change the "Log On" method back to use system account. But again, the service won't start up automatically.

What's the problem here? Not a clue on vmware support forum, and they don't allow me to login to ask question either! :(


Ashwin said...

hey.. did u mange to fix this? I am also facing the same problem.

Anonymous said...

It seems to me that it had to do with a corrupted datastores.xml file and needing to have it deleted so that it can be rebuilt. Once you do that, your vmware agent should be able to start up with no problem under the normal settings instead of a alternate identity.