VMware ESX 3.5, Patch ESX350-200908401-BG: Updates forcedeth driver (1013177)
Release Date: August 31, 2009
The forcedeth driver installed on the ESX hosts causes the NVIDIA nForce Network Controller NICs to lose network connectivity until the forcedeth driver is reloaded. This patch addresses the issue.
The affected NICS are:
- NVIDIA nForce Professional 2200 MCP 1Gbe NIC
- NVIDIA nForce Professional 2050 I/O companion chip 1Gbe NIC
- NVIDIA nForce Professional 3600 1Gbe NIC
None beyond the required patch bundles and reboot information listed in the table, above.
Patch Download and Installation
Note: All virtual machines on the ESX host must be either shut down or migrated using VMotion before applying the patch. A reboot of the ESX host is required after applying this patch.
See the VMware Update Manager Administration Guide for instructions on using Update Manager to download and install patches to automatically update ESX 3.5 hosts.
To update ESX 3.5 hosts when not using Update Manager, download the most recent patch bundle from http://www.vmware.com/download/vi/vi3_patches_35.html and install the bundle using esxupdate from the command line of the host. For more information, see the ESX Server 3 Patch Management Guide.