VMware ESXi 3.5, Patch ESXe350-200912402-T-BG: Updates VMware Tools (1016665)
Release Date: December 29, 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.
Summary and Symptom
Starting VMware Tools services in the virtual machine:
Switching to guest configuration: done
Guest memory manager: done
Guest vmxnet fast network device: failed
DMA setup: done
Guest operating system daemon: done
Unable to start services for VMware Tools
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 vCenter Update Manager. For details, see the vCenter 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.