VMware ESX bug: virtual machines won't turn on

I've been a happy VMware customer for a while, although only with their workstation products. I like to use it at home, running a Linux host OS and Windows as a guest, so I can run Quicken to manage finances or to play with developer tools on different OSes. Stuff like that.

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.

Comments:

Learn about your own workstation virtualization product, VirtualBox.

Posted by Pete on August 16, 2008 at 12:26 PM PDT #

So I've been learning about VirtualBox ever since George highlighted it here in this very blog just a few weeks ago.. Good plug G-Man, thanks for dropping the knowledge, and pimping your own product.

I've been running Virtual Box on an XP host, and I installed unbuntu from an iso no problemo.

My trouble starts when I try to get the virtualized unbuntu a seperate ip address so that other physical computers on my subnet can access it.

When I tried to create a separate network Host Interface things seemed to go okay. I bridged the new Host Interface with the existing adapter, and gave the new bridge adapter the settings of the physical adapter.

What I cannot seem to figure out is how get the virtualized unbuntu instance to request it's own ip address from my dhcp server.

Can anyone send me a pointer to this? The included docs takes you to, but not through this point.

Thanks for the pub George.

Stergios

Posted by Stergios on August 16, 2008 at 03:56 PM PDT #

Ah, solved my own problem (well, actually someone else did, but I found his solution)... The problem was that I was not running my physical adapter in promiscuous mode. Why didn't I think of that on my own!

So I ran the following two commands from the dos prompt :"netsh bridge set adapter 1 forcecompatmode=enable" and "netsh bridge set adapter 2 forcecompatmode=enable",
then a simple reboot solved everything.

The source for this gem can be found at:
http://tinyurl.com/5eyo55

Posted by Stergios on August 16, 2008 at 04:45 PM PDT #

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