ESX Server 3.0.1, Patch ESX-1006511: Update for the e1000 Driver (1006511)
Some Ethernet controllers using the e1000 driver may experience a transmit unit hang (tx hang) when used with ESX Server 3.0.1. This patch updates the e1000 driver and prevents the tx hang. This patch should be applied to any systems that use the e1000 driver and that experience the hang.
After the Intel Pro1000 PT Quad Port adapter is installed, the ESX Server host does not detect the network adapter. The network adapter appears as "Intel Corporation: Unknown device 10a4" at the lspci command output in the service console. When viewing network adapters in VI Client, the Intel Pro1000 PT Quad Port adapter does not appear in the list of network adapters attached to the ESX Server host even though it is connected. The patch adds support for Intel PRO/1000 PT Quad Port Gigabit Ethernet Controller network adapter with PCI ID 0x10a4 to the e1000 driver of ESX Server.
Download patch ESX-1006511 from http://www.vmware.com/download/vi/vi3_patches.html.
Proceed as follows to extract the file:
- Log in to the ESX Server service console as root.
- Create a local depot directory.
# mkdir /var/updates
Note: VMware recommends that you use the updates directory.
Change your working directory to /var/updates.
# cd /var/updates
- Download the tar file into the /var/updates directory.
- Verify the integrity of the downloaded tar file.
# md5sum ESX-1006511.tgz
The md5 checksum output should match the following:
Extract the compressed tar archive.
# tar -xvzf ESX-1006511.tgz
- Change to the newly created directory, /var/updates/ESX-1006511.
# cd ESX-1006511
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-1006511 update
For example, if the host is called depot, use the command:
# esxupdate –r file:///depot/var/updates/ESX-1006511 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 -r file:<directory>/ESX-1006511 update
For more information on using esxupdate, refer to the Patch Management for ESX Server 3 tech note at http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx3_esxupdate.pdf.