Security for Virtualized Environments appliances fail to boot up on ESXi hosts with incorrect time settings

Security for Virtualized Environments (SVE) is the first comprehensive security solution for virtualized datacenters. The solution protects virtualized Windows, Linux, and Solaris systems, both servers and desktops. While integrated with VMware vShield, the unique architecture of the solution allows it to be leveraged when using any system virtualization offering.

This article helps you troubleshoot boot-up failures of the Security for Virtualized Environments appliances (Security Console, Security Virtual Appliance) caused by incorrect time settings on the ESXi hosts. The issue occurs only in VMware environments with vShield.

Problem and symptoms

Security Console and Security Virtual Appliance might fail to boot up after deployment if the time of the ESXi host is incorrectly set to a past date. In such situations, the appliance console in vSphere Client displays fsck errors reporting that the last mount time of extended partitions is in the future.

Solution and prevention

The workaround is to ignore the fsck errors by pressing the I key in the appliance console. The issue does not reproduce for subsequent reboots.

To prevent this issue, make sure the ESXi hosts in your environment are synchronized with a reliable time source. For example, with a Network Time Protocol (NTP) server.

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