Now that I’ve finished relocating my home office I can get back to writing down the helpful tidbits of information I come across every day.
This is probably old news to well, probably everyone, but VMware has released ESXi 5.5 Update 1. A couple months ago… Whats cool about this release though is it solves a bug that has been plaguing me for over a year now.If you’ve done much work with VMware you’ve probably seen the PSOD (Purple Screen Of Death). I’ve seen it all too frequently. After a support call with a helpful VMware engineer we were able to identify a pattern in all the purple screens we’ve been having. They all were due to a bug with the E1000 or the E1000e network adapters. The engineer pointed out a line in the error that looks somewhat like this.
[0x41801cd9c266]E1000PollRxRing@vmkernel#nover+0xdb9 stack: 0x410015264580
This was a known issue with the 5.x versions! The suggested workaround? Don’t use the E1000 or E1000e adapters. Easier said than done when we have nearly 200 VM’s with that adapter in use click this. Well, enter ESXi 5.5 Update 1, with this exact bug listed as resolved in the release notes. It was great to hear that this was finally resolved, especially because there were still a LOT of VM’s that weren’t corrected yet.
Now, off to upgrade my VMware environment…
P.S. There are lots of other things to see in the release notes too, be sure to check them all out here.