VMware ESX Server 2.1.2 Upgrade Patch 4 (for 2.1.x Systems)
This patch includes new updates for
ESX Server 2.1.x that address
the following known issues:
Security fix --
Corrects a potential vulnerability in the RPCI
mechanism used in ESX Server 2.x that may be
exploited in a denial of service attack. See
Knowledge Base Article 1703
- Virtual machines with Windows 2003 Server
Enterprise Edition SP1 crash with ASSERT
error. -- see
Knowledge Base Article 1699
- Poor networking performance with
Citrix Metaframe Application Server and
Citrix License Server in a virtual
machine -- see
Knowledge Base Article 1702
- Virtual machines may fail to boot with a
MONITOR PANIC message in the vmware.log file -- see
Knowledge Base Article 1701
- Unclear on-screen instructions during
With this patch, the upgrade process
provides better instructions by advising customers:
the system cannot be upgraded or patched while
the vmkernel is loaded,
all virtual machines must be shut down or suspended
the ESX Server system should be rebooted before
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 available
for ESX Server 2.0.1 and 2.5.1 available as
VMware ESX Server 2.0.1 Upgrade Patch 4 and VMware ESX Server 2.5.1 Upgrade Patch 1.
This update applies to
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
After updating your system, you must update the
version of VMware Tools installed in your
This update will require you to boot your server into Linux mode to
perform the upgrade. When you are prompted to reboot at the end of the
upgrade, the installer will restart your system to run ESX Server.
Power off all virtual machines and shutdown your server.
Restart your system.
At the LILO Boot Menu, select the linux option.
system start procedure to complete.
Log in as root into the ESX
Server service console, in Linux mode.
Make sure your path variable
Download the tar file into the
/tmp on your ESX
Change directories to /tmp.
Verify the integrity of the
The md5 checksum output
should match the
Extract the compressed tar
# tar -xvzf
Change directories to the newly
created directory /tmp/esx-2.1.2-14215-upgrade:
# cd esx-2.1.2-14215-upgrade
Run the patch installer:
Note: Once you start the installation script, do not enter keyboard
escape commands such as Control-C or Control-D. Using escape commands will interrupt
the upgrade procedure and leave your system partially upgraded.
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.
At the reboot prompt, enter Y to reboot the server.