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VMware ESXi 6.5, Patch ESXi650-201707219-UG: Updates ng3 VIB (2150261)

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Release date: July 27, 2017

Patch Category Bugfix
Patch Severity Important
Build For build information, see KB 2149910.
Host Reboot Required Yes
Virtual Machine Migration or Shutdown Required Yes
Affected Hardware N/A
Affected Software N/A
VIBs Included VMW_bootbank_ntg3_4.1.2.0-1vmw.650.1.26.5969303
PRs Fixed 1846297
Related CVE numbers N/A


Summaries and Symptoms

This patch updates the ntg3 VIB to resolve the following issues:

  • NICs using ntg3 driver might experience unexpected loss of connectivity. The network connection cannot be restored until you reboot the ESXi host. The devices affected are Broadcom NetXtreme I 5717, 5718, 5719, 5720, 5725 and 5727 Ethernet Adapters. The problem is related to certain malformed TSO packets sent by VMs such as (but not limited to) F5 BIG-IP Virtual Appliances. The ntg3 driver, version resolves this problem.

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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