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After upgrading ESXi hosts to ESXi600-201706001 Hardware 3D graphics functioning fails (2150498)

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After patching an ESXi 6.0.x host to the patch bulletin ESXi600-201706103-SG from ESXi600-201706001,you may notice following symptoms.

  • VMs are no longer utilizing vSGA or vGPU resources properly.

  • In Horizon View, an automated VMs which use GRID or Hardware 3D settings fail to boot.

  • From an SSH session, the command /etc/init.d/xorg start shows:

    Error: Unknown command or namespace graphics host refresh


This issue is observed in ESXi 6.0, Patch Release ESXi600-201706001.


Currently, there is no resolution.

To Workaround this issue.

  1. Download the attached file from the below attachment.

  2. Extract the file to a local temp directory.

  3. Log in to the ESXi through SSH.

  4. SCP the extracted file to the ESXi using WinSCP.

  5. Place the file in /tmp folder.

  6. Change the file mode of the existing xorg file:

    chmod +wt /etc/init.d/xorg

  7. Rename the existing xorg file:

    mv /etc/init.d/xorg /etc/init.d/xorg_old

  8. Place the new xorg file in the original location:

    cp /tmp/xorg_temp /etc/init.d/xorg

  9. Change the file mode of the new file:

    chmod 555 /etc/init.d/xorg

  10. Run the command to start xorg

    /etc/init.d/xorg start

  11. Confirm that the status is running:

    /etc/init.d/xorg status

Note:Do not reboot the host at this point. If the host needs to be rebooted, perform the preceding steps once again.

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