I always love the day after I push Software Updates to servers. It gives me an opportunity to hone my troubleshooting skills a bit. This morning when doing the usual putting out fires routine, I discovered that the VMware VirtualCenter Server service was not running. So I rebooted the machine and still the service would not run. So I figured that maybe the database is not up and running yet, when the vCenter service is trying to run.
I consider this because I was able to run the service manually after the server had completely come up. So I figured I should put in a dependency for the VMware VirtualCenter Server service to run after the SQLExpress service is up. Please note that SQLExpress is on the same virtual machine as the vCenter Server installation. Read the rest of this entry »