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VMware ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200802410-BG: Unexpected Reboot of Virtual Machines Configured to Automatically Start or Stop (1003457)

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Release Date: 3/10/2008
Document Last Updated: 4/16/2008 - updated note in Deployment Considerations

 

Download Size: 4.9 MB
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ESX350-200802410-BG.zip
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Product Versions ESX Server 3.5
Patch Classification Critical
Supersedes None
Dependencies ESX350-200802403-BG
Virtual Machine Migration or Reboot Required Yes
ESX Server Host Reboot Required Yes
PRs Fixed 147991
Affected Hardware
N/A
Affected Software N/A
RPMs Included
VMware-esx-srvrmgmt
Related CVE numbers None

Summary

This patch fixes an issue where stopping and starting the mgmt-vmware service can cause an unexpected reboot of virtual machines that are configured to automatically stop or start.

Solution

Note: Before you begin please refer t o KB1003490 for important information on restarting the mgmt-vmware service.

Symptoms

Manually stopping or starting the mgmt-vmware service (hostd) through the service console causes virtual machines that are set to automatically start or stop to unexpectedly reboot.

Deployment Considerations

In addition to applying this patch, you will need to comment out the following line in the /etc/rc.d/init.d/mgmt-vmware file:

vmware_exec "$hostdName" "$VIMSH" -n -e 'internalsvc/shutdown'

Add a # at the beginning of the line.

Note: A complete fix for this issue will appear in an upcoming ESX Server 3.5 release (now released, see http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003696 ). VMware recommends you wait for that fix. This patch provides an interim workaround for customers who require it.

Patch Download and Installation

To automatically download and install patches on your ESX Server 3.5 hosts, use the VMware Update Manager. For more information, see the Update Manager Administration Guide at http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_vum_10_admin_guide.pdf .

To update ESX Server 3.5 hosts from the command line of the service console, download the most recent patch bundle from http://www.vmware.com/download/vi/vi3_patches_35.html and install it using the esxupdate utility. For more information about using esxupdate, see the ESX Server 3 Patch Management Guide at http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35/vi3_35_25_esxupdate.pdf .

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