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VMware ESX Server 3.0.3, ESX303-200901404-BG: Fix to Remove Spurious I/O Error Messages (1007680)


Release Date: 01/30/09
Document Last Updated: 01/30/09

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Product Versions ESX Server 3.0.3
Patch Classification General
Supersedes ESX303-200809404-BG, ESX303-200812404-BG
Requires ESX303-200901402-SG
Virtual Machine Migration or Reboot Required Yes
ESX Server Host Reboot Required Yes
PRs Fixed 343918
Affected Hardware Removable storage devices
Affected Software None
RPMs Included kernel-source, kernel-vmnix
Related CVE numbers N/A



On systems without this patch, harmless I/O error messages similar to the following:

Dec 19 12:44:30 esxhost1 kernel: I/O error: dev 08:10, sector 0 Dec 19 12:44:30 esxhost1 kernel: unable to read partition table

are logged in /var/log/messages when a removable storage device is removed or attached when the drive contains no medium. The automatic partition scan no longer prints these spurious I/O errors.

Deployment Considerations


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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