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VMware ESX Server 3.0.3, ESX303-200903402-BG: Support for Firmware Version of LSI Engenio DS4000 Series; ESX Server Might Stop Responding as Cache Is Cleared for Pages from Virtual e1000 Driver (1008412)


Release Date: 03/31/09
Document Last Updated: 03/31/09


Product Versions
ESX Server 3.0.3
Patch Classification
Virtual Machine Migration or Reboot Required
ESX Server Host Reboot Required
PRs Fixed
362869, 351635
Affected Hardware
LSI Engenio DS4000 series storage arrays
Affected Software
Virtual e1000 NIC driver
RPMs Included
VMware-esx-vmkernel, VMware-esx-vmx
Related CVE numbers



This patch fixes the following issues:
  • Virtual e1000 NIC driver might cause ESX Server to stop responding mentioning routine E1000MapGuestPACommon in the stack trace. The fix verifies whether cache for pages to be mapped is cleared and releases acquired resources.  
  • This fix adds support for the new firmware version of LSI Engenio DS4000 series storage arrays (DS4200, DS4700, and DS4800). This allows path failover to work as expected. 

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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