Users may experience socket exhaustion and difficulty in managing an ESXi 4.1 host with Virtual Server Protection for VMware (VSP) installed.
This issue can be experienced after a large power cycling of ARK (anti-rootkit)-protected virtual machines. In testing, this behavior could be replicated by power cycling hundreds of virtual machines. The issue is related to the ESXi software itself and is not a bug in the VSP software.
Resolving the problem
There are several workarounds for this issue:
If you need further information on this issue, please contact VMware Support.