You can collect installation log files and check these files to identify the source of a failure if vCenter Server Appliance stops responding during initial startup.

Procedure

  1. Access the appliance shell.

    Option

    Description

    If you have direct access to the appliance

    Press Alt+F1.

    To connect remotely

    Use SSH or another remote console connection to start a session to the appliance.

  2. Enter a user name and password that the appliance recognizes.
  3. In the appliance shell , run the pi shell command to access the Bash shell.
  4. In the Bash shell, run the vc-support.sh script to generate a support bundle.

    This command generates a .tgz file in /var/tmp.

  5. Export the generated support bundle to the user@x.x.x.x:/tmp folder.
    scp /var/tmp/vc-etco-vm-vlan11-dhcp-63-151.eng.vmware.com-2014-02-28--21.11.tgz user@x.x.x.x:/tmp
  6. Determine which firstboot script failed.
    cat /var/log/firstboot/firstbootStatus.json

What to do next

To identify potential causes of the failure, examine the log file of the firstboot script that failed.