Here is the output from hostd.log on a VMWare server, sitting on top of CentOS. VM's running on this machine are shutting down sporadically - maybe one every 24 hours? Can anyone make any sense from the log file?

Versions: VMware server 2.0.1 Centos 4.8

Guest operating systems that have crashed so far are Windows XP & Centos 5.4.

Cheers, Dave


How are you for memory? This can happen if you run out.

  • Hi Chris, Load on the host is high, here's a quick copy paste of the memory available & used. Mem: 8053316k total, 7134768k used, There is always plenty of swap available though, Cheers, Dave – SuperBOB Aug 3 '10 at 10:44
  • Is there anything in the rest of the logging that mentions a 'Signal 6'? If so, check this out: communities.vmware.com/thread/242151?tstart=0 (not CentOS but poss. related. Core of it seems to be a disk controller incompatibility). You may alternatively be hitting this: bugs.centos.org/view.php?id=3884 – Chris Thorpe Aug 3 '10 at 11:28
  • I have indeed found some Signal 6 errors, thanks researching that more now. – SuperBOB Aug 3 '10 at 14:02

At the first glance I would tell there is something wrong with your data partition (/data/data4). What kind of storage are you using? local disks, raid, nfs? Do you have any snapshots created for the vm's?

If possible try to enable verbose logging somehow. I didn't find any VMware KB for the VMware Server 2 but there should be a configuration file in /etc or /opt.

As always the question: why are you using VMware Server and not VMware ESXi? VMware Server 2 is not under development anymore and it's pretty slow if you compare it to ESXi.

greetings grub

  • Hi Grub, Cheers for the reply - just settling into a new role, will be migrating them over to ESXi or Xen in due course. Its local disks, non-raided. No snapshots. Ill try to increase the logging and check for any disk errors around the times of the shutdowns. Cheers, Dave – SuperBOB Aug 3 '10 at 10:39

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.