Failed Boot Recovery option a new feature in ESXi 4.1
I recently stumbled upon a new feature in VMware vSphere 4.1 that was tucked away in the Virtual Machine options. You can see from the picture below the setting is called Failed Boot Recovery. The failed boot recovery option is listed under Boot Options within the settings of a Virtual Machine. There is not much info available on this feature at this time, I plan to ask a VMware SE about it next time I see one. From what I understand at this point is if a machine fails to find its boot device instead of letting the VM sit there with the error. You can elect a retry boot time in seconds on this screen and it will try to reboot the device and try again. My guess is this is designed towards a VM that crashed on boot up which might be due to a missing VMDK file.
The only details I could find so far are on a scripting related page on VMware site here.
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Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design