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ESX Server 3.0.1, Patch ESX-1000039: vmkernel Update


Resolved Issues

This patch provides the following:

  • Fixes an issue where an ESX Server host experiences boot failures because the software doesn't correctly handle failed block driver I/Os.
  • Fixes an issue where extraneous warnings are logged in /var/log/messages of ESX Server hosts running HP Insight Manager version 7.7. The warning message is the following: vmkernel: 0:00:10:43.873 cpu0:1024)VMNIX: VmkDev 3293: dev=vmnic2 cmd=0x8946 ifr=dedc1eb4 status=0x2bacffa1.
  • Fixes an issue where some ESX Server hosts stop responding for between two and five minutes during a rescan operation and on occasion, the host will completely stop responding. The diagnosis of this issue is described in detail inKB 10229. Please refer to that knowledgebase article for more information on the diagnosis of the problem and for workarounds if you do not plan to apply this patch to fix the issue.
  • Fixes an issue where NetApp's sanlun utility fails to get the required information from NetApp filers.
  • Fixes an issue found on HP Proliant DL 380 G5 systems where valid I/O requests were marked as attempts to overwrite the partition table. This caused the file system to become "read-only" while the ext3 file-system is configured on block devices that have extended partitions.



This patch is for ESX Server 3.0.1 only.

Download Instructions

Download and verify the patch bundle as follows :

  1. Download patch ESX-1000039
  2. Log into the ESX Server service console as root.
  3. Create a local depot directory.

    # mkdir -p /var/updates

    Note: VMware recommends that you use the updates directory.

  4. Change your working directory to /var/updates.

    # cd /var/updates

  5. Download the tar file into the /var/updates directory.
  6. Verify the integrity of the downloaded tar file:

    # md5sum ESX-1000039.tgz

  7. The md5 checksum output should match the following:

    a47b942424bebe15a2ffab2df5f6a854 ESX-1000039.tgz

  8. Extract the compressed tar archive:

    # tar -xvzf ESX-1000039.tgz

  9. Change to the newly created directory, /var/updates/ESX-1000039:

    # cd ESX-1000039

Installation Instructions

Note: All virtual machines on the host must be either shut down or migrated using VMotion before applying the patch. A reboot of the ESX Server Host is required after applying this patch.

Once you have downloaded and extracted the archive, and if you are in the directory you created above, install the update using the following command:

# esxupdate update

If you want to run esxupdate from a different directory, you must specify the bundle path in the command:

# esxupdate -r file://<directory>/ESX-1000039 update

for example, if the host is called depot:

# esxupdate -r file:///depot/var/updates/ESX-1000039 update

During the update process, logs appear on the terminal. You can specify the verbosity of esxupdate logs by using the -v option as shown below.

# esxupdate -v 10 file://<directory>/ESX-1000039 update

Based on VMware KB 1000039

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