VMware ESX bug: virtual machines won't turn on
By drapeau on Aug 16, 2008
So I was surprised when I saw this story on ZDnet, saying that VMware's ESX 3.5 product (update 2) has a bug that prevents virtual machines to turn on after they've been turned off as of August 12. The license management code in the product is responsible: if you turn off your virtual machine, then try to turn it on after August 12, no-worky; the virtual machine will not turn on.
Wow, that's gotta hurt. If you've spent time using this VMware product to virtualize your applications, you've now got a dead application. That's an awkward license management bug, and a problem that open source hypervisors (like Xen and Sun's xVM) shouldn't have.
When stuff like this happens, the company usually jumps on it to find some kind of fix or workaround. I'm sure it'll be easy to find on VMware's web site, assuming it's easy to find the announcement of the bug in the first place.