Coming back from a 4-day weekend, I noticed the A/C had been turned off for the duration of the long weekend and the heat was around 80-82 degrees. The HP ProLiant DL185G5 was running but the system fans were running at full RPMs but the system itself was not responding.
I switched the KVM to that particular server and the monitor could not detect video and keyboard was not coaxing a response. I plugged in a separate monitor/mouse to make sure it wasn't the KVM switch, still no luck. I tried holding down the power button however the server was not shutting down upon holding the button in for 5+ seconds so I cut the power to the power array it was running on and turned it back on.
When I switched it back on, the monitor displayed the ProLiant logo and began to boot\ without error.
Upon booting ESXi, the configuration loads up to approximately 97% and then I am met with this message:
"Relocating the modules and starting the kernel..."
The system hangs right here. I researched this problem and it seems to commonly happen with ESXi 5.5 installations on particular systems. Most fixes imply it is a video adapter problem and running in headless mode will work. I tried this but to no avail. I also read it was due to my KVM monitor not supporting 1024 x 768 (it does not), but booting without any monitor plugged into the machine doesn't seem to work either.
Before I start an ESXi reinstallation, I was wondering if any actual ESXi gurus can lend a hand to a Microsoft Hyper-V guy and suggest any possible troubleshooting steps to take prior to what I've done/intend to do.
Are there any troubleshooting steps I can take to get around where ESXi hangs at
Relocating the modules and starting the kernel?
Any help would be great.