VMware ESX Server 2.5.3 Upgrade Patch 3 (for 2.5.3 Systems Only)

Released 7/27/06

TAR File

This patch is for ESX Server 2.5.3 and addresses the following issues and support:

  • This patch enables support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 Update 3 guest operating systems. To download the required driver disk and RPMs, see VMware ESX Server Driver Disk and RPMs for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 Update 3.
  • This patch enables support for the IBM DS4700 Fiber Channel storage array.
  • SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 9 SP3 guests in SMP mode do not boot and generate the monitor error bug: BUG F (140):1913 bugNr-18415. This problem is fixed in this patch release.
  • This patch prevents potential HBA device name change after patch application on a scripted installation.
  • Virtual machines running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 in SMP mode may hang under heavy memory usage. This problem is fixed in this patch release.


This patch is an ESX Server 2.5.3 patch. Please make sure that ESX Server 2.5.3 build 22981 or later is installed before applying this patch. Run vmware -v to display version and build information for your system.

Please DO NOT apply this patch on SunFire X4100 or X4200 servers. For further details, please refer to knowledge base article 2085: Installing ESX 2.5.3 on SunFire x4100 and x4200 Servers.

Installing the Update

Note: VMware recommends backing up your ESX Server installation before installing this patch. Also, a minimum of 200 MB of temporary free space on "/" filesystem is required for 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.

  1. Power off all virtual machines.
  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-up.
  4. Log in as root into the ESX Server service console, in Linux mode.
  5. Make a directory named download (or use another name of your choice). This directory must be accessible to the service console on the server you want to upgrade.
  6. Change to the download directory.
  7. Verify the integrity of the package:
    # md5sum esx-2.5.3-28065-upgrade.tar.gz

    The md5 checksum output should match the following:
    50c3260176c8cc33ad3bc880a20a4656 esx-2.5.3-28065-upgrade.tar.gz

  8. Extract the compressed tar archive:
    # tar -xvzf esx-2.5.3-28065-upgrade.tar.gz
  9. Change to the newly created directory:
    # cd esx-2.5.3-28065-upgrade
  10. Run the installer:
    # ./upgrade.pl
  11. The system updates have now been installed. A reboot prompt displays:
    Reboot the server now [y/n]?
  12. 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.

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