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SFW5.1 on Win2008 cannot execute cmd

Created: 20 Nov 2008 • Updated: 21 May 2010 | 3 comments
Marianne's picture
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I can view all SF objects in VEA GUI, but cannot execute commands from cmd, e.g:

vxdisk list

returns error "server initialization failed"

same for other commands, e.g. vxdg list

Any ideas?

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Ireyes's picture


It sounds like either an enviromental path issue , the install may be corrupted and/or not all the providers were loaded properly after install.

1. Check the enviromental path and compare this to a working server. If the path is to long try moving the path for Storage Foundation for windows to the front of this variable.

2. Check in VEA under the localhost > properties > system tab. Check for all agents (drop down) that all the providers are listed as loaded.

3. Try and reboot the server to see if all services and providers load properly.

Check the Event viewer for any errors. I would suggest cntacting technical services if you are still having issues.

IReyes's picture


I too had the same problem when I inslled SFW5.1 in 2008,

But later I observed that logging into computer with administrator privilages made me posssible to execute the commands.

hope this is what you want.

RaghuDeep Amilineni

Marianne's picture

Although user logon had full admin rights, these rights do not apply by default, unless you right-click on CMD and select 'run as Administrator'.

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