VMware Server Getting Stuck at 95% restart or start
I had to do a reboot on one of my VMware servers recently and I had some trouble bringing all the guest vm’s back online. Every time I tried to start the guest server it would boot up and sit at 95%, not budging. So after doing a few reboots and trying some tricks I read about online it still was doing the same thing. I finally was able to get them to boot up, all it took was a few changes and some patience.
1. Make sure all firewalls are off on the host vm server, iptables or anything else just turn it off to get this working.
2. From the command line run the /usr/bin/vmware-config.pl script to reconfigure any changes to the host system.
3. Restart the vmware host server.
4. Once the vmware host server is backup let the auto start servers start or just manually start them if you don’t have auto start enabled.
5. Be patience, wait at least 20-30 minutes for them to start-up on their own. I found that rushing too quick and not giving the servers enough time to get started was the problem.
This was really frustrating for me and I spent a good amount of time trying to fix it when in fact if I had just given the system time to boot itself it would have worked. But as usual being in too much of a rush can cause its own problems.