Archive for August, 2011

Virtual machine start failure

August 28, 2011

On a Windows 2008 standard edition server base server, with a Windows 2008 virtual server that had Exchange 2007 installed, we installed some routine Microsoft security updates on both the base system and the virtual machine. After rebooting the base system the virtual machine would not start. We just kept getting event ID 3030 and 3040 and it would not even attempt to start the VM. We uninstalled all the updates, but that had no effect. Finally, we deleted an old snapshot of the VM, one that was 5 months old. It was the only snapshot on the server. As soon as we did that the VM started right up as if there was never a problem. There is almost no information on the Internet on Event ID 3030. I opened a case with Microsoft and even they could not explain what happened.

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