As I mentioned in a previous post, I just purchased a new HP ENVY laptop that has 8 GB of RAM and 4 processors. The only reason I bought a new laptop was that I wanted more RAM to run my virtual development environment.
I started getting a nasty error that popped up from my VM Workstation, when I was running my virtual machine:
Operation on file "[My VM Disk Name].vmdk" failed.
If the file resides on a remote file system, please make
sure your network connection and the server where this
disk resides are functioning properly. If the file resides
on a removeable media, reattach the media.
Choose Retry to attempt the operation again.
Choose Abort to terminate this session.
Choose Continue to forward the error to the guest
This was a very scary message. It sure sounded like I had an inconsistent disk. When working with VMWare snapshots, repairing a disk is not necessarily an easy process. I decided to give up and try building a new VM from scratch, since it seemed like perhaps I had an inconsistent disk. However, just installing the OS from scratch produced the same error! Although I have a new laptop and ergo a new disk, I decided to run a check disk on my hard drive anyhow. Surprise surprise, no errors.
As for my next step, I took a look at the VM log file. I saw this error:
Insufficient quota to complete the requested service.
Operation on file [My disk file name] failed.
The error message is misleading. It turns out it wasn’t a disk consistency issue as the error implies. Instead, this is due to insufficient memory. Once I kicked my memory down to about 3.0 GB for my VM, it operated correctly.