If you find you can’t Power On a virtual machine on ESX 3.5, and you’re seeing this in your error logs:

Message from esxserver.yourdomain.com: This product has expired. Be sure that your host machine’s date and time are set correctly. There is a more recent version available at the VMware Web site: “http://www.vmware.com/info?id=4”.

Then you can find the solution at this blog.

Thanks Todd, you just saved me from pulling an all-nighter. I thought I was going crazy!

Update: The first signs of this problem occuring are that, when you try to Power On a virtual machine, you get the error message: “A General System error occurred: Internal error”. After checking the Events log, you’ll see the more verbose error message earlier on in the post.

Written by Phil Wiffen

Phil is an IT Professional working in Cambridge, England. He generally blogs about useful solutions that he comes across in his work/play.

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