We recently changed our NTP server, and I needed to update all or hosts and vCenters. I have a handy powershell script to update the ESXi hosts, but that script does not work on the vCenter servers. I log into the server using port 5480 to gain access to the vCenter Management. I login as root and notice that the time zone is UTC. I am in the Central time zone so I wanted to change it from UTC. Turns out if you do that it break everything. I had to learn this the hard way, and once I changed the time zone I was not able to log into vCenter. I had to then go back and change the time zone back to UTC to regain access. .
VM Fails to Power On
Recently I had a strange problem. Power off VM’s would not power on, and would give this generic error.
I found KB 1006232 and was able to power on the VM by command line, but I was still not able to power them on by directly connecting to the host through the C client. Or using vCenter through the web and C client. I tried a lot of things, but in the end restarting the vCenter server fixed everything.
Where is ESX installed?
Under vCenter go to the Host > Configuration > Storage > Devices
Then look for a datastore that has a few partitions such as Legacy MBR and VMware Diagnostic. That should be where you ESX is booting from.