VMware ESX Server 2.1.2 Upgrade Patch 2 (for 2.1.x Systems)

Released 3/9/2005

TAR File

This patch includes new updates for ESX Server 2.1.x  that address the following known issues:

This patch also includes previously released updates for ESX Server 2.1.x  that address the following issues. The patch installer will only install these updates if they have not been previously installed on your system:

There are separate patches for ESX Server 2.5 and 2.0.1 available as the VMware ESX Server 2.5 Upgrade Patch 1 and VMware ESX Server 2.0.1 Upgrade Patch 2.

Note: This update only works if you have ESX Server 2.1, 2.1.1 or 2.1.2. Please make sure that one of these versions is installed before applying the patch. The installer will log the name of this patch and information on the updated components in the file /var/log/vmkernel-version.

Installing the Update

This update will require a reboot of your ESX server to take effect. You must shutdown your virtual machines before installing the patch.

  1. Log in as root into the ESX Server service console. Make sure your path variable contains /usr/bin:/bin.
  2. Download the tar file into the temporary directory /tmp on your ESX service console.
  3. Change directories to /tmp.
  4. Verify the integrity of the package:
    # md5sum esx-2.1.2-12807-upgrade.tar.gz

    The md5 checksum output should match the following:
    55232b038610aba5e3b6e01931a85e23 esx-2.1.2-12807-upgrade.tar.gz

  5. Extract the compressed tar archive:
    # tar -xvzf esx-2.1.2-12807-upgrade.tar.gz
  6. Change directories to the newly created directory /tmp/esx-2.1.2-12807-upgrade.tar:
    # cd esx-2.1.2-12807-upgrade
  7. Run the driver installer:
    # /usr/bin/perl ./upgrade.pl
  8. The system updates have now been installed. A reboot prompt displays:
    Reboot the server now [y/n]?

    This update will not be complete until you reboot the ESX Server. If you enter N, to indicate that you will not reboot at this time, ESX Server displays the warning message "Please reboot the server manually for this update to take effect. Update has been terminated unexpectedly." If you see this message, you must manually reboot the server to complete the driver update.

  9. At the reboot prompt, enter Y to reboot the server.