VMware ESX Server 2.1.2 Upgrade Patch 5 (for 2.1.x Systems)
This patch for ESX Server 2.1.x addresses the following issues:
- Loss of network connectivity in virtual machines running Windows NT
4.0 and using the vmxnet virtual network adapter. The virtual network
failure happens a short while after starting the virtual machine. The
problem is fixed in this patch release. See
Base Article 1854. If you cannot install the patch release, you can
work around the problem by using a vlance virtual network adapter
instead of a vmxnet virtual adapter in your virtual machine.
- The vm-support script hangs when used on an ESX Server
system with a MegaRAID controller. The problem is fixed in this patch
- An assertion failure in the guest operating system's BusLogic SCSI
driver at buslogicMdev.c:3174. The driver wrongly formatted a
DMA request under some conditions and generated an invalid Scatter Gather
list for GMA. The problem is fixed in this patch
release. If you cannot install the patch release, you may be able to
work around the problem by using an LSILogic driver instead of a
BusLogic driver in your virtual machine.
There are separate patches available
for ESX Server 2.0.1 and 2.5.2 available as
VMware ESX Server 2.0.1 Upgrade Patch 5 and VMware ESX Server 2.5.2 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
Please note the following:
After updating your system, you must update the
version of VMware Tools installed in your
This update requires 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 shut down 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-2.1.2-17158-upgrade:
# cd esx-2.1.2-17158-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.