VMware ESXi, Patch ESXe350-200903411-I-BG: Firmware Update (1009233)
Release Date:March 20, 2009
Note: The three ESXi patches for Firmware "I", VMware Tools "T," and the VI Client "C" are contained in a single offline "O" download file. Build versions included are:
Summaries and Symptoms
This patch fixes an issue where systems using the bnx2x driver with a Broadcom NetXtreme II 57710, 57711, or 57711E NIC might experience unstable behavior whenever there is certain I/O stress or pattern. Known cases of unstable behavior include VMotion failures and memory heap issues. These behaviors are more likely to occur when using jumbo frames. The VMkernel log file shows error messages similar to the following:
Feb 17 14:52:37 esx10 vmkernel: 0:01:43:18.615 cpu6:1264)WARNING: Heap: 1397: Heap migHeap0 already at its maximumSize. Cannot expand.
Feb 20 11:00:35 viesxlabrtp02 vmkernel: 0:17:06:37.984 cpu0:1024)WARNING: Heap: 1419: Heap bnx2x (35648248/35648264): Maximum allowed growth (24) too small for size (4096)
Feb 20 11:00:35 viesxlabrtp02 vmkernel: 0:17:06:37.984 cpu0:1024)WARNING: Heap: 1522: Heap_Align(bnx2x, 2048/2048 bytes, 4 align) failed. caller: 0x8efb8e
This issue is also described in Unstable issues on bnx2x driver (KB 1009250).
Patch Download and Installation
The typical way to apply patches to ESXi hosts is through the VMware Update Manager. For details, see the VMware Update Manager Administration Guide.
ESXi hosts can also be updated by downloading the most recent "O" (offline) patch bundle from http://support.vmware.com/selfsupport/download/ and installing the bundle using VMware Infrastructure Update or by using the vihostupdate command through the Remote Command Line Interface (RCLI). For details, see the ESX Server 3i Configuration Guide and the ESX Server 3i Embedded Setup Guide (Chapter 10, Maintaining ESX Server 3i and the VI Client) or the ESX Server 3i Installable Setup Guide (Chapter 11, Maintaining ESX Server 3i and the VI Client).
Note: ESXi hosts do not reboot automatically when you patch with the offline bundle.