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VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200901404-BG: Updates VMware Tools

Details

Release Date: Jan. 30, 2009

Download Size: 
105MB 
Download Filename: 
ESX350-200901404-BG.zip 
md5sum: 
eaf6adf56f9753a83dec59051c97c72e


Product VersionsESX 3.5
Patch ClassificationCritical
SupersedesNone
RequiresESX350-200810201-UG
ESX350-200811401-SG
ESX350-200901402-SG
Virtual Machine Migration or Shutdown RequiredNo
Host Reboot RequiredNo
PRs Fixed301443
Affected HardwareN/A
Affected SoftwareN/A
RPMs IncludedVMware-esx-tools
Build143198
Also see KB 1001179.
Related CVE numbersNone

Solution

Summaries and Symptoms

This patch fixes the following issue:

The ordering of shutdown scripts installed by VMware Tools prevented some Linux guests from shutting down properly. This problem occurred when vmxnet was unloaded before networking was shut down. This patch updates the VMware Tools shutdown scripts so that vmxnet is not unloaded at shutdown. To support tools upgrade, the vmxnet driver is now unloaded in the VMware Tools config and uninstall scripts.

Symptoms seen without this patch: Linux guests might fail to reboot when a vmxnet adapter is used to access NFS mounts. The following message is seen when the guest is shutting down:

Error: unregister_netdevice: waiting for eth0 to become free. Usage count = 1

Deployment Considerations

None beyond the required patch bundles and reboot information listed in the table, above.

Based on VMware KB 1006654


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