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VCSA 6.5 fails to start with error: Failed to start file system check on /dev/disk... (2149838)

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  • After rebooting the vCenter Server Appliance, executing any commands on the shell (emergency mode) fails.
  • vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 fails to start and reports the error:

    [FAILED] Failed to start File System Check on /dev/dis...uuid/7986780-8987-
    See 'systemctl status systemd-fsck-root.service' for details.
    [DEPEND] Dependency failed for /sysroot.
    [DEPEND] Dependency failed for Initrd Root File System.
    [DEPEND] Dependency failed for Reload Configuration from the Real Root.

Note: The preceding log excerpts are only examples. Date, time, and environmental variables may vary depending on your environment.


This issue occurs when there was a storage failure/power failure which then got recovered.


To work around this issue, perform these steps:

Note: Before proceeding, ensure to take a snapshot or backup of the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.

  1. Reboot the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 and immediately after the OS starts, press e to open the GNU GRUB Edit Menu.
  2. Locate the line that begins with the word linux.
  3. Append the following to the end of that line:

  4. Press F10 to continue booting.
  5. Find the filesystems by running the command:

    :/# /bin/sh
    :/# /bin/mount
    :/# blkid

    Note: You will see the list of devices mounted with the disk uuid.

  6. Execute the command:

    :/# e2fsck -y /dev/sda3

    Note: The nodes will be fixed automatically as we have given -y.

  7. Power off the vCenter Server Appliance.
  8. Power on the vCenter Server Appliance. 


VCSA 6.5

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