Posted on 03 Mar 2010 by Ray Heffer
When you power on a virtual machine with VMware ESX VI3 or vSphere it may reach 95% progress in the tasks, but when you open the console you’ll notice the error:
Unable to connect to the MKS: vmx connection handshake failed for mks of /vmfs/volumes...
The MKS is the virtual Mouse, Keyboard, Screen (aka. KVM - Keyboard, Video, Mouse), and the error is simply unable to map this to the guest OS, hence the power on will fail.
This issue isn’t very common, but should be relatively easy to resolve. First check the following:
I have only had this issue occur twice and both times it was related to the guest operating system type being set incorrectly.
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