Monthly Archives: January 2012

Invalid configuration for device ‘0’ error

We are using VMware vSphere 4. Moving a VM from one location to another (putting it on portable storage, copying it up to the new datastore, and adding to inventory), and trying to edit the properties of the VM, I got the following error:

The problem is that it couldn’t find the 2nd drive. The solution was to:

1) Remove the VM inventory.

2) Manually edit the VMX file (I did it via Putty, but you could edit it on the desktop and upload a new copy) to remove the offending drive.

So where it said:

scsi0:1.present = “TRUE”
scsi0:1.fileName = “myvm.vmdk”
scsi0:1.deviceType = “scsi-hardDisk”
scsi0:1.redo = “”

It needed to be changed to:

scsi0:1.present = “FALSE”
scsi0:1.fileName = “myvm.vmdk”
scsi0:1.deviceType = “scsi-hardDisk”
scsi0:1.redo = “”

By the way, “vmware-cmd -l” will give you the correct path for each VM on that host.

3) Add to inventory again (either via the GUI or “vmware-cmd -s register \path\vmname.vmx”, and hey presto, everything works. I can then re-add the drive and select the correct location for it.


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Lost ring..

I found an engagement ring (I think) on an East Midlands Train service going into London St Pancras on the afternoon of 27th of January. It looks like the owner would probably miss it. The train was one that left Sheffield at 13:47 and arrived in London at 16:04.

A long shot but if anyone is looking for a lost ring left on a train, and it was an EMT train on the 27/01/12, let me know.

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Gartner Predicts (and fails..)

Some of Gartner’s better screw-ups…

Domination of IA-64 in the datacentre (2001)

Windows Mobile to dominate the Smartphone market (2003)

By 2008, 20 percent of “office” applications will be selected by users themselves (2006)

Vista will be the last major release of Windows (2006)

Demise of the Mouse in three to five years (2008)

In five years, we will all be using digital paper and smart fabric (2008)

WebOS to sell Millions of Tablets, and no MS (2010)

And IT Directors lap it up..


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