Sles 11 SP2, OES11 SP1, VMware 5.1 essentials on an Gen 8 HP Proliant DL380, plenty of RAM and CPU

I ran the upgrade media on a test server and everything seemed to go fine a couple of weeks ago. My school district is on spring break, so I decided to do some upgrades. I ran the update media on our one and only file storage production server. I left the upgrade options default, only updating existing packages (I checked to make sure what we are using was upgraded) and I received no errors during the install. Upon reboot, after the VMware splash screen, it just stays at a cursor in the upper left corner of the screen. I tried to use system repair from the disk. It wanted to reinstall grub, but it hung on installing grub for 20+ minutes. I'm rerunning the repair now. Any other suggestions? I have until Monday to get this fixed. I'm avoiding using my prepaid support hours, but I have them if I need them.