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ESX Patches May 28

A new bunch of patches for ESX 3.5 and 3.0.x have been posted this week.  If you’re still in the old Virtual Infrastructure 3 world, you might want to look in to the latest patches as they contain security and critical updates.

ESX 3.5.0 Classic

Patch # Summary KB
ESX350-200905401-BG VM Shutdown & Host Reboot  KB:1010957
ESX350-200905402-BG VM Shutdown & No Host Reboot  KB:1010958
ESX350-200905403-BG VM Shutdown & Host Reboot  KB:1010960
ESX350-200905404-BG No VM Shutdown & No Host KB:1010961
ESX350-200905405-BG VM Shutdown & Host Reboot KB:1010963
ESX350-200905401-SG VM Shutdown & Host Reboot  

ESXi 3.5.0

Patch # Summary KB
ESXe350-200905401-I-BG VM Shutdown &  Host Reboot KB:1010964

Patch Download and Installation

See the VMware Update Manager Administration Guide for instructions on using Update Manager to download and install patches to automatically update ESX Server 3.5 hosts.

To update ESX Server 3.5 hosts when not using Update Manager, download the most recent patch bundle from http://www.vmware.com/download/vi/vi3_patches_35.html and install the bundle using esxupdate from the command line of the host. For more information, see the ESX Server 3 Patch Management Guide.

Let’s get this vSphere party started right!

Those may have been the words of Flavor Flav in Fight the Power, but we don’t think he had cloud computing on his mind. But now that vSphere 4.0 is officially launched, we want to make sure you have access to all the latest KB articles and content we have been busy creating to get you started on the right foot.

Also, here’s our hand picked top ten list of KB articles we think you’ll be interested in.  Don’t miss the best practices articles!

Top vSphere Knowledge Base Articles

Resolution Paths Published

Many common tech support issues in VMware products can be solved using what we call Resolution Paths. Resolution Paths are collections of modular steps that can be used to solve tech support issues.

Being modular, they can be re-used in other resolution paths. A good example is using the ping command to test network connectivity. This step is used in all kinds of troubleshooting procedures. Put a number of these steps together, and you have a method.

Down the very first left hand column of each resolution path are common issues that customers encounter. To the right of each these are VMware’s recommended steps to resolving these issues. Each and every one is hyper-linked directly to our Knowledge base article on that topic.

These can be very handy and can save you having to make that call into Tech Support. Click the links below.  There’s one for each potential problem area.

Capacity Planner





Lab Manager



View Manager



System Management


Top 20 Articles for April 2009

Here are our top 20 most used articles for the month of April.

Upgrading to ESX 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5 Best Practices (1003889)

Enhanced VMotion Compatibility (EVC) processor support (1003212)

Best practices for using and troubleshooting VMware Converter (1004588)

Restarting the Management agents on an ESX Server (1003490)

Troubleshooting startup issues or manually reinstalling Fusion (1003484)

VMware Partner Activation Codes (PAC) Explained (1003303)

Consolidating snapshots (1007849)

How to configure networking from the Service Console command line (1000258)

Troubleshooting Adding an ESX Server Host to a VMware High Availability Cluster (1001596)

Increasing the amount of RAM assigned to the ESX Server service console (1003501)

Resignaturing VMFS3 volumes that are not snapshots (9453805)

Restarting the ESX Server Management service (1003631)

Virtual machine does not power on because of missing or locked files (10051)

Cannot power on a virtual machine because the virtual disk cannot be opened (1004232)

Committing snapshots from within the Service Console (1006847)

Powering off a virtual machine hosted on ESX host from the command line (1004340)

Sample configuration of virtual switch VLAN tagging (VST Mode) and ESX Server (1004074)

Verifying ESX virtual machine file integrity (1003743)

VMotion CPU Compatibility – Migrations Prevented Due to CPU Mismatch – How to Override Masks (1993)

Diagnosing a VMware High Availability cluster configuration failure (1003691)