Running vMA 4.1 on VMware Workstation

After importing the new vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) 4.1 on my VMware Workstation 7 environment I noticed that it boots with a memory crash error, an “unable to access resume device” message and eventually ends with a kernel panic.

The memory crash error seems like something that can be ignored and which is covered by several blog articles about CentOS. The reason why the vMA is locking up is due to the fact that its SCSI card and OS type needs to be changed in the .vmx file

Follow the steps below (credits to Justin for pointing this out to me!)

  • Remove the vMA from the VMware Workstation Inventory
  • Open the .vmx file and change the following to lines to be:

scsi0.virtualDev = “lsilogic”
guestOS = “rhel5-64”

  • Add the vMA back to VMware Workstation and boot it up.
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  1. Good one, thx!


  2. John b

     /  August 4, 2010

    Thanks a lot. You saved me a lot of time…

  3. Thanks for sharing! You saved me a ton of time too 🙂

  4. Chris-R

     /  September 3, 2010

    Very cool post – you saved this consultant a headache!

  5. Timo A

     /  September 15, 2010

    Thanks, you made my day.

  6. fengfeng

     /  November 24, 2010

    Thanks for sharing!
    You saved me a ton of time ,haha

  7. Marcus Westlund

     /  December 2, 2010


  8. WB

     /  January 20, 2011

    Thanks..helped me

  9. Chris Janoch

     /  February 4, 2011

    Awesome tip! Saved tons of time troubleshooting!!

  10. Matt4istal

     /  February 19, 2011

    Great Job! I don’t usually post replies but this was very helpful and wanted to say thanks!

  11. Just what i needed!!! Thanks

  12. Thank you, this helped me a lot!

  13. This saves my day…. 🙂

  14. Thanks! That saved me some time and headache!

  15. Phil

     /  July 8, 2011

    That’s the ticket. Thanks Ken! Hope all is well!

  16. This was helpful, thanks!

  17. AndyR

     /  July 28, 2011

    Awesome thanks, saved me ages that did 🙂

  18. vTed

     /  August 8, 2011

    Thank you very much for this, that saved lots of time and got my box up and running quick!!

  19. Sparky Henderson

     /  August 16, 2011

    I love you man!

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