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VMware ESX 3.5 Update 4, Patch ESX350-200903229-UG: Includes forcedeth Driver 0.6

Details

Release Date: March 30, 2009

 

Download Size: 
64KB 
Download Filename: 
ESX350-200903229-UG.zip 
md5sum: 
2507085790d616f48610dc21d46a4c71


Product VersionsESX 3.5 Update 4
Build153875
Also see KB 1001179.
Patch ClassificationUpdate
Supersedes
None
Requires
ESX350-200903201-UG
ESX350-200903202-UG
Virtual Machine Migration or Shutdown Required
Yes
Host Reboot RequiredYes
PRs Fixed286136
Affected HardwareN/A
Affected SoftwareN/A
RPMs IncludedVMware-esx-drivers-net-forcedeth
Related CVE numbersNone

Solution

Summaries and Symptoms

This patch includes forcedeth driver 0.6 for ESX 3.5 U4 and resolves the following issue.

nForce Ethernet NIC Loses Connectivity on ESX 3.5

The NVIDIA nForce ethernet chipset might fail to issue interrupts upon completion of packet transmission, resulting in loss of connectivity. Rebooting the host might restore connectivity, but after the server runs for some time, connectivity might be lost again. Error messages similar to the following might be logged in the VMkernel log file:

Jan 1 12:00:00 esx vmkernel: 9:01:01:10.001 cpu1:1200)WARNING: LinNet: 4288: Watchdog timeout for device vmnic0
Jan 1 12:00:00 esx vmkernel: 9:01:01:10.001 cpu1:1200)<6>vmnic0: Got tx_timeout. irq: 00000020
Jan 1 12:00:00 esx vmkernel: 9:01:01:10.001 cpu1:1200)<6>vmnic0: Ring at 6a02800: get 6a02a10 put 6a02a10
Jan 1 12:00:00 esx vmkernel: 9:01:01:10.001 cpu1:1200)<6>vmnic0: Dumping tx registers
 

Deployment Considerations

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

Based on VMware KB 1008267


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