VMware ESX Server 2.5 Upgrade Patch 2

Released 3/21/05

TAR File

Note: ESX Server 2.5 Upgrade Patch 2 replaces ESX Server 2.5 Upgrade Patch 1, which installed the incorrect version of a Broadcom device driver. If your server uses Broadcom networking hardware and you previously installed Patch 1, you must now install Patch 2. See Knowledge Base Article 1612 for more information.

This patch includes new updates for ESX Server 2.5  that addresses the following known issues:

There are separate patches for ESX Server 2.1.2 and 2.0.1 available as the VMware ESX Server 2.1.2 Upgrade Patch 2 and VMware ESX Server 2.0.1 Upgrade Patch 2.

Note: This update only works if you have ESX Server 2.5. 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 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.

  1. Power off all virtual machines and shutdown your server.
  2. Restart your system.
  3. At the LILO Boot Menu, select the option appropriate for your system.
    • For a boot-from-SAN installation, select esx-san-safe.
    • For all other installations, select linux.

    Allow the system start procedure to complete.

  4. Log in as root into the ESX Server service console, in Linux mode. Make sure your path variable contains /usr/bin:/bin.
  5. Download the tar file into the temporary directory /tmp on the service console.
  6. Change directories to /tmp.
  7. Verify the integrity of the package:
    # md5sum esx-2.5.0-13053-upgrade.tar.gz

    The md5 checksum output should match the following:
    d5199ab7033f8d87d5bfcb283a70038b  esx-2.5.0-13053-upgrade.tar.gz

  8. Extract the compressed tar archive:
    # tar -xvzf esx-2.5.0-13053-upgrade.tar.gz
  9. Change directories to the newly created directory /tmp/esx-2.5.0-13053-upgrade:
    # cd esx-2.5.0-13053-upgrade
  10. Run the installer:
    # /usr/bin/perl ./upgrade.pl
  11. 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.

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