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VMware ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200804401-BG: Update to VMware-esx-vmkernel


Release Date: 30 APR 2008 
Document Last Updated: 30 APR 2008


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Product VersionsESX Server 3.5
Patch ClassificationCritical
Virtual Machine Migration or Reboot RequiredYes
ESX Server Host Reboot RequiredYes
PRs Fixed225552, 220682, 220844
Affected Hardware- HDS modular storage array models AMS, SMS, WMS, and 9500V
Affected SoftwareN/A
RPMs IncludedVMware-esx-vmkernel
Related CVE numbersNone


Summaries and Symptoms

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

  • Spurious SysAlert warning messages appear on some systems which have less than 8 MTRRs implemented. (PR 225552)

    Symptoms: Warning messages appear that include the following text: 

    ALERT: MTRR: 461: Unsupported number of MTRRS 7

  • DHCP resets the IP address and netmask when trying to acquire or renew a lease, even though the IP address has not changed. (PR 220682)

    Symptoms: When DHCP tries to acquire or renew a lease, vmknic might lose network connectivity.

  • The previous default multipath policy for all HDS modular storage arrays such as AMS, SMS, WMS, 9500V was MRU. Because all of these arrays are either Active/Active or Pseudo Active/Active, the default path policy for these arrays has been changed to FIXED with this patch. (PR 220844)

Deployment Considerations

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

Based on VMware KB 1004161

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