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VMware ESX Server 3.0.3, ESX303-200809404-BG: Update to the Service Console Kernel (1006676)


Release Date: 09/30/08
Document Last Updated: 09/30/08

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Product Versions ESX Server 3.0.3
Patch Classification General
Supersedes None
Requires None
Virtual Machine Migration or Reboot Required Yes
ESX Server Host Reboot Required Yes
PRs Fixed 238590
Affected Hardware ESX Server systems with QLogic HBAs
Affected Software Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 U4 operating system
RPMs Included kernel-vmnix, kernel-source
Related CVE numbers N/A


Summaries and Symptoms

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 U4 virtual machines with physical-compatibility-mode RDMs send many resets to the vmkernel when booting, and if many resets reach the QLogic driver, ESX Server loses access to all VMFS volumes. This issue is fixed.
Symptom: When booting, the vmkernel reports numerous device reset succeeded messages and reset succeeded messages. However, the QLogic driver report failed with the driver report a no such target on adapter error message.

Deployment Considerations

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

Patch Download and Installation

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.
See the VMware Update Manager Administration Guide for instructions on using VMware Update Manager to download and install patches to automatically update ESX Server 3.0.3 hosts.

To update ESX Server 3.0.3 hosts when not using VMware Update Manager, download the most recent patch bundle from and install the bundle using esxupdate from the command line of the host. For more information, see the ESX Server 3 Patch Management Guide .



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