Question : Vmware Virtual Centre Service not starting

Hi All

We have a Virtual centre 2.5 Update 5, its actually a VM, Full SQL server 2005 is installed on the Virtual Centre Server itself and is the only DB (along with Update Manager) on there.

The Virtual Centre Service is not starting, we get an error in the event log

Event Type: Error
Event Source: VMware VirtualCenter Server
Event Category: None
Event ID: 1000
Date: 2/28/2008
The description for Event ID ( 1000 ) in Source ( VMware VirtualCenter
Server ) cannot be found. The local computer may not have the necessary
registry information or message DLL files to display messages from a
remote computer. You may be able to use the /AUXSOURCE= flag to
retrieve this description; see Help and Support for details. The
following information is part of the event: Failed to intialize VMware
VirtualCenter. Shutting down....

below is the content of the vpxd-7.log filr

Log for VMware VirtualCenter, pid=672, version=2.5.0, build=build-174768, option=Release, section=2
[2010-07-22 12:21:45.154 'App' 644 info] Current working directory: C:\WINDOWS\system32
[2010-07-22 12:21:45.154 'Libs' 644 info] HOSTINFO: Seeing Intel CPU, numCoresPerCPU 4 numThreadsPerCore 1.
[2010-07-22 12:21:45.154 'Libs' 644 info] HOSTINFO: numPhysCPUs is 0, bumping to 1.
[2010-07-22 12:21:45.154 'Libs' 644 info] HOSTINFO: This machine has 1 physical CPUS, 1 total cores, and 1 logical CPUs.
[2010-07-22 12:21:45.154 'App' 644 info] Log path: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\Logs
[2010-07-22 12:21:45.154 'App' 644 info] Initializing SSL
[2010-07-22 12:21:45.154 'Libs' 644 info] Using system libcrypto, version 90709F
[2010-07-22 12:21:46.779 'App' 644 info] Vmacore::InitSSL: doVersionCheck = true, handshakeTimeoutUs = 30000000
[2010-07-22 12:21:46.779 'App' 644 info] Starting VMware VirtualCenter 2.5.0 build-174768
[2010-07-22 12:21:46.779 'App' 644 info] Log directory: C:\Documents and Settings\VC_service\Local Settings\Application Data\VMware\vpx.
[2010-07-22 12:21:46.779 'App' 644 info] Account name: VC_service
[2010-07-22 12:21:46.794 'App' 644 info] Total virtual memory available for the process 2097024 KB
[2010-07-22 12:21:46.794 'App' 644 info] [VpxOsLayer] Enabled low-frag process heap.

[2010-07-22 12:21:46.794 'App' 644 info] [VpxOsLayer] Enabled low-frag crt heap.

[2010-07-22 12:21:46.794 'App' 644 info] [VpxLRO] 34 max LROs
[2010-07-22 12:21:46.794 'App' 644 info] [VpxLRO] 6 reserved internal LROs
[2010-07-22 12:21:46.794 'App' 644 info] [VpxLRO] 6 reserved blocker LROs
[2010-07-22 12:21:46.794 'App' 644 info] [VpxLRO] 6 reserved short LROs
[2010-07-22 12:21:46.794 'App' 644 info] [VpxLRO] 4 reserved long LROs
[2010-07-22 12:21:46.794 'App' 644 info] [VpxLRO] 600-second task lifetime
[2010-07-22 12:21:46.873 'App' 644 error] ODBC error: (28000) - [Microsoft][SQL Native Client][SQL Server]Login failed for user 'sa'.
[2010-07-22 12:21:46.873 'App' 644 error] Failed to intialize VMware VirtualCenter. Shutting down...
[2010-07-22 12:21:46.873 'App' 644 info] Forcing shutdown of VMware VirtualCenter now


I also noticed the SA account that the ODBC connection gets locked out, i created a new SQL account and made it a DBowner and sysadmin and changed the ODBC connection to use the new account but we still get the error.

I created a snapshot of the VM directly on the ESX host, then restored the Virtual Centre Database to a backup 2 days ago but again we still get this error, i have rolled back from the smapshot so im back in the original postion of having the latest DB that wont start.

Could the SQL connection details be held anywhere within the registry or a config file, or does it just use the ODBC connection.

Anyone have any other suggestions?



Answer : Vmware Virtual Centre Service not starting

You also have to update the credentials for virtual center (not just in the odbc connection). See

Good Luck
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