VCSA 6.5 Fails to start. File System and then Network Service errors.
This is basically a repost of Paolo Valsecchi’s excellent blog post (https://nolabnoparty.com/en/vcsa-6-5-fails-to-start-file-system-check-and-network-service-errors/). I ran into this issue today with a client and then commands are so obscure (to me) and only yielded a single useful hit on Google that I wanted to make sure I captured it and added it to my private repository of information.
In our case, the client had a storage failure and it resulted in the vCenter Appliance not booting up correctly. The appliance displays the error “Failed to start File System Check”. A quick Google search on this term will lead you a VMware KB article (https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2149838) that will only get you HALF the way home. After following the steps outlined in the KB article, we were faced with a network error next. I couldn’t find a way to solve this until stumbling onto Paolo’s article. This gave me the last piece of information needed to resolve the issue.
# fsck –y /dev/sda3
By adding the –y to the mix, you can avoid typing in yes 10 – 15 times.
After this ,the vCenter Appliance will be back to normal. You can then commit your snapshot.