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


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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2 thoughts on “You may not power on a virtual machine in a virtual machine esxi 4.1 in esxi 4.1

  1. 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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