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VMware ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200803211-UG: Update to vmkernel and vmnix (1003705)


Release Date: 4/10/2008
Document Last Updated: 4/10/2008


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Product Versions ESX Server 3.5.0
Patch Classification Update
Supersedes N/A
Dependencies N/A
Virtual Machine Migration or Reboot Required Yes
ESX Server Host Reboot Required Yes
PRs Fixed 200766, 202374, 202435
Affected Hardware N/A
Affected Software N/A
RPMs Included kernel-source, kernel-vmnix
Related CVE numbers N/A



This patch provides an update to vmkernel and vmnix to address the following issues:

  • An issue where the ESX Server Installer failed to detect all installed network cards when NetXen cards are present.
  • An issue is fixed with iSCSI hardware initiator where LUNs are not detected after adding or removing an iSCSI array discovery address and rescanning.
  • An issue where the keyboard does not respond when IBM Concurrent Keyboard/Video/Mouse (cKVM) display switching technology is enabled.



If you have a NetXen 10 Gigabit NC510C or NC510F network card installed on your server, the ESX Server 3.5 installation screen will not display the second embedded NIC adapter. This patch fixes an error with the NetXen driver in the ESX Server Installer.

When the iSCSI HBA queue is full the driver might be unable to query LUN 0 during rescan, which causes ESX Server to fail to operate.

Patch Download and Installation

To automatically download and install patches on your ESX Server 3.5 hosts, use the VMware Update Manager. For more information, see the Update Manager Administration Guide at

To update ESX Server 3.5 hosts from the command line of the service console, download the most recent patch bundle from and install it using the esxupdate utility. For more information about using esxupdate, see the ESX Server 3 Patch Management Guide at

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