ESX/ESXi 4.1 with Broadcom bnx2x experiences a purple diagnostic screen


During an implementation of ESXi 4.1 at a customer site I experienced random crashes of ESXi during normal operations. VMware support has been investigating this issue and a probem has been found in the Broadcom’s bnx2x Inbox driver version 1.54.1.v41.1-1vmw. This issue can lead to a complete crash of the ESX/ESXi 4.1 host.

VMware has currently released a workaround for this bug and is working to provide a full solution to the issue. Information on this problem can be found in KB1029368.

One Response to ESX/ESXi 4.1 with Broadcom bnx2x experiences a purple diagnostic screen

  1. Eric van der Meer says:

    Hi Ted,

    Thanks for sharing, I was aware of this.

    Please be aware of another problem with this broadcom driver in combination with Flex-10 VirtualConnect: http://bit.ly/d0tnJL

    I hope that VMware, HP and Broadcom will fix this issues in a short time frame.

    Best regards,
    Eric van der Meer

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