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VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200906401-BG : Updates vmkctl and vmkernel RPMs

Details

Release Date: June 30, 2009

Download Size: 
22 MB 
Download Filename: 
ESX350-200906401-BG.zip 
md5sum: 
803ecd0f076a5c61a71dda71b16ead45 


Product VersionsESX 3.5
Build169697
Patch ClassificationCritical
SupersedesESX350-200712409-BG
ESX350-200802412-BG
ESX350-200804401-BG
ESX350-200904409-BG
RequiresESX350-200810201-UG
ESX350-200903201-UG
ESX350-200904401-BG
ESX350-200904402-SG
ESX350-200905401-BG
Virtual Machine Migration or Reboot RequiredYes
Host Reboot RequiredYes
PRs Fixed346862, 360308, and 395996
Affected HardwareN/A
Affected SoftwareN/A
RPMs IncludedVMware-esx-vmkctl, VMware-esx-vmkernel
Related CVE numbersN/A

Solution

Summaries and Symptoms

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

  • When you power on virtual machines on ESX 3.5 hosts, many inactive VMFS volumes are opened in addition to the VMFS volume containing the virtual machine disk files. This might cause the virtual machines to take more time to boot. In a cluster environment, this issue might also cause VMotion operations to timeout on the destination host. This fix ensures that only the VMFS volumes on which the virtual machines reside are opened.
  • While performing a host rescan on ESXi, the host and virtual machines might stop responding till the end of the rescan operation. During this time, connections to virtual machines are lost, including SSH, client connections, and communication to other clustered storage modules. The virtual machines start responding after the rescan operation is completed.
  • Excessive cold migration of virtual machines between ESX hosts might cause ESX hosts to be disconnected from vCenter Server due to a memory leak on the host agent (hostd).

Deployment Considerations

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

Based on VMware KB 1011796


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