VMware ESXi, Patch ESXe350-200907401-I-BG: Updates Firmware (1012544)
Release Date: July 30, 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.
Summaries and Symptoms
This patch contains the following enhancement and fixes the following issues (and their relevant symptoms, if applicable):
- The maximum username length of UserAccount in the VMware VI Toolkit is increased from 16 to 32 characters.
- Fixes an hostd memory leak issue with HTTP connection recycling when communicating with UI, SDK etc.
- When a mounted NFS volume goes offline in an ESX Server cluster, it might cause the heap size to grow and might cause the ESX Server to stop responding.
- VMFS locks on ESX Server hosts might be incorrectly broken, when a previous unlock operation from the same host fails.
- Applications in a virtual machine using SSSE3 instructions might fail under certain conditions. The vmware.log file might display an entry or entries similar to:
May 20 17:14:44.398: vcpu-0| vmcore/decoder/decoder.c:655 0xd1e357 #UD e41d380f sz=4 ct=0
- Some virtual machines including Red Hat, Windows, and SUSE Linux Enterprise boot very slowly or might not boot at all when an EMC Symmetrix LUN in Not Ready state is attached to the virtual machines as a RDM device. Error messages similiar to the following will be logged in /var/log/vmkwarning:
WARNING: SCSI: CheckPathReady:2941: CheckUnitReady on vmhba2:3:13 returned I/O error 0x0/0x2 sk 0x2 asc 0x0 ascq 0x0
After applying this fix, the virtual machines boot normally.
None beyond the required patch bundles and reboot information listed in the table, above.
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.