ESX Server 3.0.1, Patch ESX-1271657: OpenIPMI Driver Update (1271657)
This patch fixes the following issues:
- Supplies an update to the OpenIPMI driver that was provided with ESX Server 3.0.1 and ESX Server 3.0.0 installations to address the following issues:
- Slow startup of OEM Management Agents
- Very slow operation of flash update utilities (making servers vulnerable to power failures during a flash update)
- SNMP query timeouts
- Fixes an issue where the OpenIPMI driver supplied in ESX 3.0.1 can fail to recognize the IPMI BMC (Baseboard Management Controller) on some IBM servers.
Installing the Patch
Download and verify the patch bundle as follows:
- Download patch ESX-1271657 from http://www.vmware.com/download/vi/vi3_patches.html.
- Log in to the ESX Server service console as root.
- Create a local depot directory.
# mkdir /var/updates
Note: VMware recommends that you use the updates directory.
- Change your working directory to /var/updates.
# cd /var/updates
- Download the tar file into the /var/updates directory.
- Verify the integrity of the downloaded tar file:
# md5sum ESX-1271657.tgz
- The md5 checksum output should match the following:
- Extract the compressed tar archive:
# tar -xvzf ESX-1271657.tgz
- Change to the newly created directory, /var/updates/ESX-1271657:
# cd ESX-1271657
|Note: All virtual machines on the host must be either shut down or migrated using VMotion before applying the patch. A reboot of the ESX Server Host is required after applying this patch.|
Once you have downloaded and extracted the archive, and if you are in the directory you created above, install the update using the following command:
# esxupdate update
If you want to run esxupdate from a different directory, you must specify the bundle path in the command:
# esxupdate -r file://<directory>/ESX-1271657 update
For example, if the host is called depot:
# esxupdate –r file:///depot/var/updates/ESX-1271657 update
During the update process, logs appear on the terminal. You can specify the verbosity of esxupdate logs by using the -v option as shown below.
# esxupdate -v 10 -r file://<directory>/ESX-1271657 update
For more information on using esxupdate, please refer to the Patch Management for ESX Server 3 tech note at http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx3_esxupdate.pdf.