This post shows workarounds how to start/restart OpenVZ VM when its unable to start, stop, restart. Use Ctrl+F to find on this page error message you got.
I dont guarantee anything will work for you, it just worked for me.

What happend: websites stopped loading, and OpenVZ VPS (VM-virtual machine) load was like 100.00 when i did following command on OpenVZ host server:

Code:
vzlist -o ctid,laverage,ip
so tried several commands, increase ram, but dont works

Show beancounters if there is any failcnt values: (it was ok)

Code:
[[email protected] ~]# vzubc -w 860
Restarting overloaded VM:

Code:
[[email protected] ~]# vzctl restart 860
...
Child 61485 exited with status 7
...
when restart command repeat, PID of process is changing. Tried to do various kill all commands like vzctl exec 860 kill -9 61485 but don't works. "vzctl enter 860" don't works. What worked for me to go around "Child * exited with status 7" issue is accessing HyperVM control panel of host node OpenVZ server, goint to VM and clicking "Recover Corrupted Vps". Within like 3 minutes my websites was working and VM OK. But i dont advice you to do this if you dont have working backup of a VM. (not sure what it can do)

Before recovering VPS as mentioned above, you may try:
1) vzctl chkpnt CTIDHERE --kill
2) vzctl --verbose restart CTIDHERE
above two commands worked to kill VPS and then restart it successfully!!



Next are various errors & actions related to stucked VM

Show all VM processes:

Code:
vzps axf 860
returns processes like: http://pastebin.com/xNf5JpV8

Sumary: I cant start/stop/restart VM, im not sure if issue can be fixed without restarting Host OpenVZ server..

So i "reboot" openvz host node server.


After reboot (around 5 minutes), do commands:

Code:
tail -f /var/log/vzctl.log
(or vzlist)

to see VMs slowly stating one by one. But in my case the bad overloaded VM (CT 860) start was hanged many minutes so i decided to try to stop VM and start it again.

Code:
[[email protected] ~]# vzctl stop 860 --fast
Locked by: pid 22573, cmdline /usr/sbin/vzctl start 860 --skip-fsck
Container already locked
so its locked, in use, but hanged by process 22573

Code:
[[email protected] ~]# ps aux | grep 22573
root       22573  0.0  0.0  25052  1028 ?        S    05:16   0:00 /usr/sbin/vzctl start 860 --skip-fsck
root       33267  0.0  0.0  61276   788 pts/0    R+   05:24   0:00 grep 22573
kill it:

Code:
[[email protected] ~]# kill -9 22573
and delete lock file:

Code:
[[email protected] ~]# rm /vz/lock/860.lck
kill some checkpoint:

Code:
[[email protected] ~]# vzctl chkpnt 860 --kill
Container is not running
start container

Code:
[[email protected] ~]# vzctl start 860
Starting container...
vzquota : (error) can't lock quota file, some quota operations are performing for id 860
vzquota on failed [7]

lets see vzquota processes to see the mentioned operation:

Code:
[[email protected] ~]# ps ax | grep vzquota
  22575 ?        D      0:02 /usr/sbin/vzquota on 860 -b 163840100 -B 163840100 -i 81920100 -I 81920100 -e 0 -n 0 -s 1 -u 10                                                000
  35540 pts/0    S+     0:00 grep vzquota
kill the pid for 860 vzquota process (22575)

Code:
[[email protected] ~]# kill -9 22575
start VM, but it is stuck watiting on:

Code:
[[email protected] ~]# vzctl start 860
Starting container...
vzquota : (warning) Incorrect quota shutdown for id 860, recalculating disk usage
So i stop above command by Ctrl+C and did:


Code:
[[email protected] ~]# vzquota off 860
vzquota : (error) Quota is not running for id 860
vzquota : (warning) Repairing quota: it was incorrectly marked as running for id 860
start vm:

Code:
[[email protected] ~]# vzctl start 860
Starting container...
Container is mounted
Adding IP address(es): mysecondip mymainip
Setting CPU limit: 570
Setting CPU units: 1000
Setting CPUs: 6
Container start in progress...
RUNNING now... good. enter vm:


Code:
[[email protected] ~]# vzctl enter 860
works.. but websites running at 860 are down


Flush config server firewall rules:

Code:
[[email protected] ~]# csf -F
websites slowly started loading.. good

test if config server firewall have required iptables modules on VM:

Code:
[[email protected] ~]# /etc/csf/csftest.pl
if many errors, one may need to run list of "modprobe" commands on host server to enable it, read here or here


Then in my case WHM hosting control panel shows Trial license so i need to switch IP address in:
vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-venet0:0
vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-venet0:1
and run:
Code:
service network restart
/usr/local/cpanel/cpkeyclt
OK, vm temporarilly running until next crash..