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ESXi 6.5.0a hang after “balloonVMCI loaded successfully”

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/03/25

No Google results for “balloonVMCI loaded successfully”.

I had this when booting from a USB installation of ESXi 6.5.0.a.

It got resolved with ESXi 6.5.0 Update 1. Apparently the first version has issues booting on a SuperMicro-X10SRH-CF from a USB stick.

It’s a bit tricky to get the accompanying VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0.update01-5969303.x86_64.iso as the my VMware site is a bit broken (even if you have the license, it says you are not entitled), but luckily the ESXi 6.5 update 1 download page [Cache/Archive.is] has the hashes:

MD5SUM: 6d71ca1a8c12d73ca75952f411d16dc7
SHA1SUM: 5a38ae10162e0a1395b12ea31cba6342796f6383
SHA256SUM: f6e5000dff423c275b3ffbdfe08145f369d04b8c4ade5a413f2ef2a029a5e3ef

You also need a good USB stick. If it’s not good enough, you get errors like “Host Local Swap Location has not been enabled” during boot**.

–jeroen

** full log at for instance [WayBack] 2017-02-03T03:00:01Z crond[66604]: crond: USER root pid 87677 cmd /usr/lib/vmwar – Pastebin.com

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