Troubleshooting VMware products

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  • Purple Screen of Death (PSOD)

    A Purple Screen of Death (PSOD) is a diagnostic screen with white type on a purple background that is displayed when the VMkernel of an ESX/ESXi host experiences a critical error and becomes inoperative, terminating its running virtual machines. 

  • Purple Screen of Death (PSOD)

    Photo and screenshots when ESX vmkernel experiences a critical failure. They are quite rare I’ve only personally experienced three since I started working with VMware in Jan, 2004 

About Troubleshooting VMware products

As a VMware administrator, from time to time you're going to have to do some VMware troubleshooting, as with any technology. Would you know what to do if your snapshots started acting up? What would you do if you deleted a VMware Virtual Machine File System (VMFS) partition or lost raw disk mapping (RDM) data? Or what about if a VMware host server went down?

Instead of spending hours or days trying to find a solution, check here for troubleshooting articles and tips from VMware technical experts. There are general overview best-practice troubleshooting tips for VMware environments as well as step-by-step how-to tips for diffusing common VMware ESX problems. In some cases, our experts reported their troubleshooting techniques after spending days to find a solution to a problem – with these tips, you won't have to do the same.