Esx4i Update 1 slow boot & hostd problems BAD QLOGIC DRIVER IN ISO
Folks looks like the qlogic driver on latest esx4i U1 iso is no good. In my case I have a BL680c blade with a qlogic qmh4062 card installed. After a fresh install off iso I was seeing 12 minute boot times. When it finally came up I couldn't hit it with my vsphere client, I could ssh to it fine but hostd would die out..Also sometime I would see purple screen of death..
Here is the workaround:
1. Remove qlogic card in my case qmh4062
2. Install esx4i U1 from iso
3. Install Vmware CLI on your windows desktop
4. Run esxcfg-info and grab the VID DID SVID SSID info for your qlogic and nics while were at it
6. Grab the latest driver in my case it was vmw-qla4xxx-524-0l-29vmw-offline_bundle-388799.zip, BCM-bnx2i-1.9.1t.v41.2-offline_bundle-380522.zip,BCM-bnx2-2.0.22f.v41.2-offline_bundle-380522.zip
7. From your windows desktop run Vmware CLI at command prompt run C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware vSphere CLI\bin>vihostupdate.pl --server <host ip/name here> --username root --install --bundle d:\offline-bundle\<driver_offlinebundle_name>.zip (Run this and point to each bundle MAKE SURE ESX host is in MAINTENANCE MODE)
8. After drivers have been applied shut down host, then re-insert qlogic card and you should be good to go
9. No more hostd issue where I couldn't use vsphere client to connect to esx4u U1 server and also boot times are respectable at 2 mins.