Filesystem of VMWare guest becomes read-only on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.3 or 5.0

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  • What could be causing the file system on my RHEL 4.3 or 5.0 VMware guest to go read-only?
  • Filesystem of VMWare guest running on ESX server becomes read-only on RHEL 4.
  • Read only file system, OS Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES release 4 (Nahant Update 4) 32 bit running on VMware ESXI version 5 server. The file system root becomes read-only and in /var/log/messages I observe following I/O error message:
May  8 01:36:44 localhost kernel: SCSI error : <0 0 4 0> return code = 0x20008
May  8 01:36:44 localhost kernel: end_request: I/O error, dev sde, sector 7033576
May  8 01:36:44 localhost kernel: Buffer I/O error on device dm-0, logical block 22350381
May  8 01:36:44 localhost kernel: lost page write due to I/O error on dm-0


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux(RHEL) 4.3 and earlier
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux(RHEL) 5.0

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