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VMware ESXi 6.5, Patch ESXi650-201701401-BG: Updates esx-base, vsanhealth, vsan VIBs (2147870)

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Details

Release date: Feb 02, 2017

Patch Category Bugfix
Patch Severity Important
Build For build information, see KB 2147869.
Host Reboot Required Yes
Virtual Machine Migration or Shutdown Required Yes
Affected Hardware N/A
Affected Software N/A
VIBs Included
  • VMware:esx-base:6.5.0-0.9.4887370
  • VMware:vsan:6.5.0-0.9.4887370
  • VMware_bootbank_esx-base_6.5.0-0.9.4887370
PRs Fixed 1784276
Related CVE numbers NA

Solution

Summaries and Symptoms

This patch updates the esx-base, vsan, and vsanhealth VIBs to resolve an issue where attempts to perform vMotion of VMs from earlier releases of ESXi to ESXi 6.5 might fail with a purple diagnostic screen with a stack trace similar to the following:

#GP Exception 13 in world XXXXXX:vmm3:XXXXXXXX @ 0xXXXXXXXXXXXX
xxxx-xx-xxTxx:xx:xx.xxxZ cpu16:XXXXXX)Backtrace for current CPU #16, worldID=XXXXXX, fp=0x0
xxxx-xx-xxTxx:xx:xx.xxxZ cpu16:XXXXXX)0xXXXXXXXXXXXX:[0xXXXXXXXXXXXX]VmAnon_AllocVmmPages@vmkernel#nover+0x3b stack: 0xXXXXXXXXX, 0xXXXXXXXXX, 0xXXXXXXXXXXXX, 0x6, 0xXXXXXXXXXXXX
xxxx-xx-xxTxx:xx:xx.xxxZ cpu16:XXXXXX)0xXXXXXXXXXXXX:[0xXXXXXXXXXXXX]VMMVMKCall_Call@vmkernel#nover+0x157 stack: 0xXXXXXXXXXXXX, 0xXXXXXXXXXXXX, 0xXXXXXXXXXXXX, 0xfffffffffc606d00, 0x0
xxxx-xx-xxTxx:xx:xx.xxxZ cpu16:XXXXXX)0xXXXXXXXXXXXX:[0xXXXXXXXXXXXX]VMKVMM_ArchEnterVMKernel@vmkernel#nover+0xe stack: 0x0, 0xfffffffffc4074b3, 0x0, 0x0, 0x0
xxxx-xx-xxTxx:xx:xx.xxxZ cpu16:XXXXXX)Panic: 623: Halting PCPU 16.
xxxx-xx-xxTxx:xx:xx.xxxZ cpu20:XXXXXX)Panic: 514: Panic from another CPU (cpu 20, world 187418): ip=0xXXXXXXXXXXXX randomOff=0x21c00000:


The issue occurs when the VM meets the following conditions:

  • The VM was previously running on an earlier release of ESXi such as 5.5 or 6.0
  • The VM is NUMA aware (with more than 8 vCPUs)
  • The VM is configured with non-default vNUMA options (like coresPerSocket, numa.autosize.once = false etc.)

For more information, see KB 2147958.

 

Patch Download and Installation

The typical way to apply patches to ESXi hosts is through the VMware vSphere Update Manager. For details, see the Installing and Administering VMware vSphere Update Manager.
 
ESXi hosts can be updated by manually downloading the patch ZIP file from the VMware download page and installing the VIB by using the esxcli software vib command. Additionally, the system can be updated using the image profile and the esxcli software profile command. For details, see the vSphere Command-Line Interface Concepts and Examples and the vSphere Upgrade Guide.

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