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VMware ESX Server 3.0.2 Release Notes

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ESX Server Version 3.0.2 | 07/31/07 | Build 52542

Last Document Update: 2009-10-08

What's in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

What's New in the ESX Server 3.0.2 Release

This release of VMware ESX Server offers the following improvements:

  • NEW: Support for selected servers based on the Intel Quad-Core Xeon 7300 series processors with Intel 7300 chipset. Refer to the Systems Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.x for information on which servers are supported.
  • Wyse Multimedia Support can now be installed into compatible guest operating systems using the VMware Tools Installer. Installing Multimedia Support enables supported devices to receive encoded video streams via RDP/ICA. Only Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 guest operating systems are supported when using Wyse Multimedia Support and ESX Server 3.0.2. Refer to the KB 1001699 for information on installing Wyse Multimedia Support in a supported guest operating system.
  • Support for additional backup software from third-party vendors including:
    • CA BrightStor ArcServe 11.5 SP1
    • CommVault Galaxy version 6.1 SP4
    • IBM TSM Storage Agent version 5.3.3
    • Legato NetWorker 7.3.2 Jumbo Update 1
    • Symantec Backup Exec version 11d
    • Veritas NetBackup version 6.0
  • Support for several new guest operating systems including Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 (without paravirtualization), Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4.5, Novell Netware 6.5 SP6 and Sun Solaris 10 Update 3. Refer to the Guest Operating System Installation Guide for more information on guest operating system support.
  • Support for new versions of management agents including:
    • Dell OpenManage 5.2
    • HP Insight Manager Agents 7.8
  • Driver updates for the bnx2, cciss, e1000, and mptscsi drivers. Support for the forcedeth driver for the nVidia NForce Network Controller. Refer to the I/O Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.x and the Storage Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.x for more information.
  • A number of bugs have been fixed, as described in the section Issues Resolved in ESX Server 3.0.2.
  • The new vmkerrcode utility allows you to display a table of all VMkernel errors, a brief description, and the corresponding error codes in both decimal and hexadecimal format. Refer to KB 1000084 for more information.
  • When used with ESX Server 3.0.2, VMware Consolidated Backup 1.0.3 supports iSCSI storage in addition to Fibre Channel storage. Virtual machines residing on any iSCSI arrays listed in the Storage/SAN Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.x may now be backed up through the VMware Consolidated Backup framework. For more information, Refer to the VMware Consolidated Backup 1.0.3 release notes.
  • Support for new server hardware, including the Dell Poweredge 2970 (with BIOS version 1.0.0).
  • Support for the HP P800 SA controller.

Before You Begin

ESX Server, VirtualCenter, and GSX Server Compatibility

This release version requires or functions with the listed version of the following products:

 

 VirtualCenter version  ESX Server version  GSX Server version  VMware Server version
2.0.2 2.0.1, 2.1.x, 2.5.x, 3.0, 3.0.1, 3.0.2    
2.0.1 2.0.1, 2.1.x, 2.5.x, 3.0, 3.0.1    
2.0 2.0.1, 2.1.x, 2.5.x, 3.0, 3.0.1    
1.4 2.0.1, 2.0.2, 2.1.x, 2.5.x 3.1, 3.2 1.0
1.3, 1.3.1 2.0.1, 2.1, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.5.x 3.1, 3.2  
1.2 2.0.1, 2.1, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.5.0, 2.5.1 3.1, 3.2  
1.1 2.0.1, 2.1, 2.1.1 3.1  
1.0.1 2.0.1, 2.1    
1.0 2.0.1    

ESX Server and Management Agent Compatibility

Please check VMware ESX Server Supported Hardware Lifecycle Management Agents for management agent compatibility.

Additional Information

For additional information, use the following sources:

Installation Notes

 

Upgrading or Migrating to ESX Server 3.0.2

This release supports upgrading from ESX Server 2.x and VirtualCenter 1.x to VMware Infrastructure 3, which includes ESX Server 3.x and VirtualCenter 2.x. VMware highly recommends that you review the detailed upgrade instructions and guidelines that are provided in the Installation and Upgrade Guide.

Note: Migration upgrade with VMotion supports upgrades only from specific versions of ESX Server 2.x software. Refer to KB 8479101 for more information.

Upgrade an ESX Server host with software version 2.x to ESX Server software version 3.0.2 using a tarball, as follows

  1. Download the tarball named esx-upgrade-from-esx2-3.0.2-52542.tar.gz from http://www.vmware.com/download/vi/.
  2. Verify the md5sum by executing the following command:

    # md5sum esx-upgrade-from-esx2-3.0.2-52542.tar.gz

  3. The md5 checksum output should match the following:

    # e39d36ddf51e2d594880df0e80a78e98 esx-upgrade-from-esx2-3.0.2-52542.tar.gz

  4. Follow the instructions in the section “Upgrading from a Tarball” of the Installation and Upgrade Guide.

Upgrade an ESX Server host with software version 3.0 or 3.0.1 to ESX Server software version 3.0.2 using esxupdate, as follows:

  1. For upgrade using esxupdate, download the tarball named esx-upgrade-from-esx3-3.0.2-52542.tar.gz from http://www.vmware.com/download/vi/.
  2. Verify the md5sum by executing the following command:

    # md5sum esx-upgrade-from-esx3-3.0.2-52542.tar.gz

  3. The md5 checksum output should match the following:

    # e6fb2891637c71886b257d4bc7b6de01 esx-upgrade-from-esx3-3.0.2-52542.tar.gz

  4. Follow the instructions in the section “Upgrading Using esxupdate” of the Installation and Upgrade Guide.

Upgrade any ESX Server host using the ESX 3.0.2 ISO as follows:

  1. Download the ISO image named esx-3.0.2-52542.iso from http://www.vmware.com/download/vi/.
  2. Verify the md5sum by executing the following command:

    # md5sum esx-3.0.2-52542.iso

  3. The md5 checksum output should match the following:

    # 2c113ba446636419b7a39c38207b0c65 esx-3.0.2-52542.iso

  4. Follow the instructions in the section “Graphical installer from CD,” or the section, “Text-mode Installer from CD” of the Installation and Upgrade Guide.

VMware DRS and HA Recommendations

VMware Infrastructure DRS and HA clusters can include no more than 16 ESX Server hosts.

Known Issues for ESX Server 3.0.2

The Known Issues are grouped as follows:

Installation

Upgrade Issues Backup Issues Guest Operating System Issues

Management Agent Issues

Miscellaneous Issues

Networking Issues

Server Configuration Issues

VirtualCenter, VI Client, and Web Access Issues

Virtual Machine Management Issues

Known Issues for ESX Server 3.0.1 and VirtualCenter 2.0.1

The Known Issues are grouped as follows:

Installation

Upgrade Issues Backup Issues Server Configuration Issues VirtualCenter, VI Client, and Web Access Issues Virtual Machine Management Issues Guest Operating System Issues Miscellaneous Issues

Known Issues for ESX Server 3.0 and VirtualCenter 2.0

Security Alerts for This Release

Refer to KB 1107 for VMware product security alerts.

The Known Issues are grouped as follows:

Installation

Upgrade Issues

Security

Licensing

VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) Issues Server Configuration Issues Networking Storage VirtualCenter, VI Client, and Web Access Issues Virtual Machine Management Issues

Guest Operating System

You can find the latest version of the Guest Operating System Installation Guide by following these links: HTML | PDF | Japanese PDF.

Miscellaneous Issues

Issues Resolved in ESX Server 3.0.2

The following are known issues in ESX Server 3.0.1, which have been resolved in the ESX Server 3.0.2 release.

API

Backup

Service Console

Logging

User Administration

Installation and Upgrade Issues

Virtual Machine Networking

Monitor

Networking

Resource Management

Storage

Tools

VMotion

Guest Operating System Issues

Issues Resolved in ESX Server 3.0.1

The following are known issues in Virtual Infrastructure 3.0, which have since been resolved.

Install Issues

Upgrade Issues

Licensing

VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) Issues

Server Configuration Issues

Networking Storage VirtualCenter, VI Client, and Web Access Issues Virtual Machine Management Issues

Guest Operating System

Miscellaneous Issues