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ESX 4.x stops booting with the error: Failed to copy esx.conf from initrd to filesystem (1013233)
- ESX 4.x host stops booting.
- ESX 4.x host fails.
- 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 change into a read-only state (the default response).
To resolve this issue, check for and correct errors in the filesystem.
To check for and correct errors:
- When booted into the initrd after the error, determine what block device the COS VMDK is mounted on (for example, /dev/sdb), run the command:
To get the partition number for the / filesystem (for example, 2), determine the partition layout of the block device, run the command:
fdisk -lu /dev/sdb2
To copy the fsck binary, exit the currently mounted / filesystem (mounted on /sysroot by default) and into the RAM disk, run the command:
cp /sysroot/sbin/fsck.ext3 /fsck.ext3
To unmount the filesystem, run the command::
To check for errors, run the command:
./fsck.ext3 -n /dev/sdb2
Where applicable correct the errors, run the command:
To reboot the host, run the command:
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