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VMware ESX 3.5 Update 5, Patch ESX350-200911203-UG: Updates bnx2 Driver for Broadcom (1015027)
Release Date: December 3, 2009
Summaries and Symptoms
This patch fixes the following issues or adds the following enhancements for ESX 3.5 Update 5:
- Upgraded the bnx2 driver for Broadcom to version 1.6.9. The upgraded driver supports boot code upgrade for Broadcom NICs. The lnxfwnx2 tool is needed with the bootcode image to make the upgrade.
- ESX Server might stop responding if the bnx2 NIC is reset by NetWatchDog. If the bnx2 NIC is reset by NetWatchDog, bnx2 initialization fails. This release of ESX Server introduces a fix that stops resetting the NIC if it fails initialization five times by NetWatchDog and displays a message similar to the following:
Jul 15 10:17:09 prme-stg270 vmkernel: 0:00:12:51.090 cpu12:1127)<5>bnx2: giving up resetting vmnic1 initialization failed 4 times
- The bnx2 Network Controller driver adds support for Network Controller - Sideband Interface (NC-SI) for SOL (serial over LAN). This is applicable to Broadcom NetXtreme 5709 and 5716 chipsets.
- Corrects the Driver version numbers to be compliant with the standard RPM versioning scheme.
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