SCSI errors in Linux guest after VMware Server update to 1.0.4

by Thomas Bahn,
assono GmbH, Standort Kiel,


After updating the VMware server on one of our servers to version 1.0.4, our Sametime server doesn't boot any more. It is installed in a VM running Kubuntu 7.04 (not supported, I know). When booting the guest, it doesn't find its first and only SCSI drive sda and tries sdb, sdb, ..., sdaa, ... sdkn...

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I couldn't find anything in the internet on this issue besides this forum entry: SCSI Errors after upgrading to 1.0.4 on Debian Etch in the VMware Communities.


The error is confirmed in the comments for different host-OS/guest-OS combinations.

In one comment, the author recommends to add following line to the VM configuation in the VMX file:
scsi0.virtualDev = "lsilogic"

I followed his advice and got this dialog box:
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Being cautious, I selected "No" and ... the guest VM booted sucessfully nonetheless!

Second start: After an additional backup I got bolder and answered "Yes". Result: The guest started without problems again.

This leaves the question, if I'll get other issues by changing the SCSI adapter to LSI Logic, I can't see by now. But I think, I won't change the VM's configuration until the next VMware server update.

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