Appliance and Vault reboots and hang with MEI error after installation
Symptom: While installing the Replibit software (to build an Appliance or Vault) the hardware enters a reboot loop cycle with the following error:
mei: Init hw failure or mei: initialization failed
This condition may also occur on initial reboot but not cause reboot loop cycle. The error is the same
The MEI needs to be blacklisted to prevent the driver from loading.
Login to the Applaince or Vault and use VIM to edit the file blacklist.conf. The command to get into VIM is below:
press 'Page Down' three times
press 'enter' twice
Type: "# Disabling mei"
Type: "blacklist mei"
press 'esc' twice
Type: "reboot" to reboot the server
The mei driver has now been disabled and the machine should reboot properly.