VMware ESX Server 2.5.2 Upgrade Patch 3 (for 2.5.x Systems)
This patch is for ESX Server 2.5.x and addresses the following issue:
This patch fixes a timing issue in the LSI Logic MegaRAID driver shipped with ESX 2.5.x. This issue causes ESX Server systems using LSI Logic MegaRAID controllers to become unresponsive when storage management agents are installed on the service console.
VMware has seen this problem on Dell non-blade systems when storage management agents are installed on the service console. However, the issue may also be triggered by other applications that communicate directly with internal MegaRAID firmware. See knowledge base article 2025 for more information.
This patch is an ESX Server 2.5.2 patch, but can be applied to ESX Server 2.5 or 2.5.1. Applying this patch to an ESX Server 2.5 or 2.5.1 installation will upgrade it to ESX 2.5.2. Please make sure that one of these versions is installed before applying the patch. Run vmware -v to display version and build information for your system.
After updating your system, if you are using persistent bindings with the qla2300_604 or qla2300_607 QLogic drivers, you must manually modify the pbindings file. For details, see knowledge base article 2005.
Installing the Update
Note: VMware recommends backing up your ESX Server installation before installing this patch.
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.
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. Your virtual machines will not run properly until this is done." If you see this message, you must manually reboot the server to complete the driver update.