VMware ESX Server 2.0.1 Update for Virtual File Clustering Across Physical Machines

Released 11/12/03

TAR File

This driver update is required for clustering support when using MSCS clustering with virtual files across multiple physical servers. It updates the vmware-vmx executable.

Note: This driver update works only on ESX-2.0.1 build-6403, the GA release for ESX Server 2.0.1. Be sure this build is installed before applying the patch.

Installing the Update

  1. Log in as root into the ESX Server 2.0.1 service console.
  2. Download the update , esx201_patch_6407.tar.gz, into a temporary directory, for example /tmp, on your ESX service console.
  3. Change directories to /tmp:
    cd /tmp
  4. Verify the integrity of the package:
    md5sum esx201_patch_6407.tar.gz
    The output should be:
    692691ab4055b3d58d5ebc12237564da esx201_patch_6407.tar.gz
  5. Extract the compressed tar archive:
    tar -xvzf esx201_patch_6407.tar.gz
  6. Change directories to the newly created directory, esx201_patch_6407.
    cd esx201_patch_6407
  7. Run the driver installer.
  8. The drivers are now updated. Reboot your ESX Server machine for the update to take effect.
  9. Due to a limitation in the installer script, you need to do two manual steps before the installation is complete:
    chmod 4555 /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-vmx
    chmod 4555 /usr/lib/vmware/bin-debug/vmware-vmx
    Failure to do these steps prevents you from executing virtual machines or the remote console if you are not logged in as the root user.