The VMware Knowledge Base provides support solutions, error messages and troubleshooting guides
ESX 4.x stops booting with error: Failed to copy esx.conf from initrd to filesystem (1013233)
- ESX 4.x host stops booting
- You see the error:
Failed to copy esx.conf from initrd to filesystem.
Possible cause: Read-Only Filesystem or storage device
MD5 sum mismatch between local and initrd esx.conf
Halting boot to prevent configuration loss.
This issue occurs if errors force the filesystem to be flipped into a read-only state (the default response).
To resolve the problems with the filesystem:
- When you are booted into the initrd (after the error), run the following command to determine what block device the COS VMDK is mounted on (for example, /dev/sdb):
To determine the partition layout of the block device, that is, to get the partition # for the / filesystem (for example, 2), run the command:
fdisk -lu /dev/sdb2
To copy the fsck binary you need out of the currently mounted / filesystem (mounted on /sysroot by default) and into the RAM disk, run the command:
cp /sysroot/sbin/fsck.ext3 /fsck.ext3
Unmount the filesystem with the command::
Check for errors with the command:
./fsck.ext3 -n /dev/sdb2
If applicable, correct the errors with the command:
Reboot the host with the command:
Request a Product Feature
To request a new product feature or to provide feedback on a VMware product, please visit the Request a Product Feature page.