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VMware ESX Server 3.5, Patch ESX350-200804402-BG: Update to VMware-esx-vmx (1004162)

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Release Date: 30 APR 2008
Document Last Updated: 30 APR 2008


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Product Versions ESX Server 3.5
Patch Classification Critical
Supersedes ESX350-200802411-BG
Virtual Machine Migration or Reboot Required Yes
ESX Server Host Reboot Required No
PRs Fixed 203595, 248646, 233416, 238415, 236996
Affected Hardware Unisys ES7000/one Enterprise Server
Affected Software N/A
RPMs Included Vmware-esx-vmx
Related CVE numbers N/A


Summaries and Symptoms

Issues fixed in this patch (and their relevant symptoms, if applicable) include:

  • A guest operating system might stall for a long time during snapshot operations on very large snapshot files. (PR 203595)

    Symptoms: The virtual machine appears to be frozen for a long time when a snapshot is deleted on a virtual machine with a very large snapshot delta disk. Pings to the virtual machine time out and the virtual machine console appears to be frozen.

  • ESX Server might crash during snapshot consolidation. (PR 248646)

  • ESX Server might reboot while powering on a vSMP virtual machine on a Unisys ES7000/one with eight or fewer logical CPUs. (PR 233416)

  • A problem with the emulation of instructions that access I/O ports. (PR 238415)

    Symptoms: The virtual machine crashes with ASSERT vmcore/vmm/bt/btinout.c:963.

  • A problem with the emulation of string instructions on 64-bit guest operating systems. (PR 236996)

Deployment Considerations

None beyond the required patch bundles and reboot information listed in the table, above.

Patch Download and Installation

See the VMware Update Manager Administration Guide for instructions on using Update Manager to download and install patches to automatically update ESX Server 3.5 hosts.

To update ESX Server 3.5 hosts when not using Update Manager, download the most recent patch bundle from and install the bundle using the the esxupdate tool from the command line of the host. For more information on using esxupdate to manage patches on ESX Server 3.5 hosts, see the ESX Server 3 Patch Management Guide.

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