ESX Server 3.5.0 Might Require Manual RPM Installation After Upgrading from ESX Server 3.0.1 or 3.0.2 (1003801)
ESX Server 3.0.1 with any or all of the following patches applied:
ESX Server 3.0.2 with any or all of the following patches applied:
mount: Mounting /proc on /proc failed: Input/output error
grep: /proc/cmdline: Input/output error
attempt to access beyond end of device
01:00: rw=0, want =65540, limit =64000
EXT2-fs error (device ramdisk(1,0)): ext2_read_inode: Unable to read inode block - inode=16001, block=65539
kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 00:00"
To prevent this issue, download the ESX Server 3.5 bits (ISO or upgrade zip file) that have a release date of 2/20/2008 instead of 12/10/07.
Download the files from http://www.vmware.com/download/download.do?downloadGroup=ESX350.
If the CD image for ESX Server 3.5 has already been created, ensure the dates corresponding to the files inside the CD are dated 02/16/08. If the dates are shown as 11/29/07, recreate the CD by using the esx-188.8.131.52607.iso image file.
If you already upgraded the host without performing the above procedure first, the ESX Server 3.5 host will not boot properly. Complete the following steps:
- Obtain esx-3.5.0-64607.iso and create a CD image.
- Insert the newly created ESX Server 3.5.0 CD into the CD/DVD drive of the affected server.
- Reboot the server to boot from CD.
- Re-run the upgrade by choosing the Upgrade option in the Installation Wizard.