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VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200808402-BG: Updates the Service Console Kernel

Details

Release Date: 18-Sep-2008
Document Last Updated: 18-Sep-2008

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Product VersionsESX 3.5
Patch ClassificationCritical
SupersedesESX350-200712407-BG
ESX350-200802409-BG
ESX350-200803211-UG
ESX350-200804407-BG
ESX350-200805503-BG
ESX350-200806402-BG
RequiresESX350-200808201-UG
ESX350-200808408-BG
Virtual Machine Migration or Shutdown RequiredYes
Host Reboot RequiredYes
PRs Fixed232643, 242571, 275088
Affected Hardware
  • Broadcom RemotePHY
  • Dell PowerEdge blade servers
  • Storage arrays
Affected SoftwareN/A
RPMs Includedkernel-source 
kernel-vmnix
Related CVE numbersNone

Solution

Summaries and Symptoms

Issues fixed in this patch (and their relevant symptoms, if applicable) include:

  • On ESX hosts with more than one CD-ROM device, rescanning storage (vmhba) causes the host to crash with a purple screen that displays CosPanic:4781: COS Error: Oops. 

  • The root disk goes offline and the ESX service console becomes read-only during long cluster failovers on storage arrays. This issue applies to both Active/Active and Active/Passive storage arrays.

  • Includes a fix to better support Broadcom RemotePHY backplanes on Dell PowerEdge blade servers.

Deployment Considerations

ESX350-200808402-BG requires the installation of ESX 3.5 U2 refresh bundle ESX350-200808201-UG, irrespective of whether the ESX 3.5 U2 hot fix bundle ESX350-200806812-BG is currently installed or not. Make sure that ESX 3.5 U2 refresh bundle ESX350-200808201-UG is available in the local depot before installation.
 
If you are using esxupdate , you must install 2nd-level dependencies before installing this patch.

Based on VMware KB 1005808

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