Our instance of VMware ESX was acting strange so we powered off the virtual machines and rebooted the server. Now the ESX host won't start. The server will go through the POST stage, but then it just stops. It is stuck at the screen that shows the remote access card being loaded. When we boot from a CD and go through the motions of an install we can still see the partitions.
Is there a way to repair the ESX boot partition without losing our VMs? What could be causing the ESX instance to hang at the remote access card?