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HP NC532i (Broadcom 57711E) network adapter from flex-10 caused a hard crash, which bnx2 driver to use?

Is anyone else having this issue? We just had 3 servers crash due to a bnx2x_panic_dump. Once the network cards crashed the ESX server had to be rebooted to come back. Even though only a few vmNICs died, the entire server became unreachable, and the VMs became unreachable, even if the vmnic wasn’t bound to the vSwitch that the VM was on.

After researching it appears that VMware supports 3 different drivers:

1. bnx2x version 1.45.20

2. bnx2x version 1.48.107.v40.2

3. bnx2x version 1.52.12.v40.3

On 6/10/2010 VMware came out with a patch for 1.45.20, but esxupdate maked it obsolete, since our version (1.52.12v40.3) was newer. Should I downgrade my driver?

Also the VMware HCL has conflicting information. According to this:

http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?action=search&deviceCategory=io&productId=1...

1.52.12.v40.3 is supported by vSphere4 Update2, and not vSphere Update1, yet the U2 release only has an update for the 1.45.20 driver.

Yet according to this:

http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?action=search&deviceCategory=io&productId=1...

1.52.12.v40.3 is supported by both vSphere4 Update2 and vSphere Update1.

Here are the details of my environment:

HP BL460G6 blade servers, with flex-10 modules.

The individual blades are using HP NC532i Dual Port 10GbE Multifunction BL-c Adapter, firmware bc 5.0.11.

The chassis OA itself is using firmware v3.0.

The Flex-10 module is using firmware v. 2.33.

Crash Dump:

Jun 16 17:03:54 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:03:09.131 cpu1:4426)VMotionRecv: 1080: 1276732954553852 😧 Estimated network bandwidth 75.588 MB/s during page-in

Jun 16 17:03:54 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:03:09.131 cpu7:4420)VMotion: 3381: 1276732954553852 😧 Received all changed pages.

Jun 16 17:03:54 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:03:09.245 cpu7:4420)Alloc: vm 4420: 12651: Regular swap file bitmap checks out.

Jun 16 17:03:54 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:03:09.246 cpu7:4420)VMotion: 3218: 1276732954553852 😧 Resume handshake successful

Jun 16 17:03:54 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:03:09.246 cpu3:4460)Swap: vm 4420: 9289: Starting prefault for the migration swap file

Jun 16 17:03:54 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:03:09.259 cpu0:4460)Swap: vm 4420: 9406: Finish swapping in migration swap file. (faulted 0 pages, pshared 0 pages). Success.

Jun 16 17:09:42 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:08:57.229 cpu1:4280)<3>[bnx2x_stats_update:4639(vmnic1)]storm stats were not updated for 3 times
Jun 16 17:09:42 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:08:57.229 cpu1:4280)<3>[bnx2x_stats_update:4640(vmnic1)]driver assert
Jun 16 17:09:42 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:08:57.229 cpu1:4280)<3>[bnx2x_panic_dump:658(vmnic1)]begin crash dump -


Jun 16 17:09:42 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:08:57.229 cpu1:4280)<3>[bnx2x_panic_dump:666(vmnic1)]def_c_idx(0xff5) def_u_idx(0x0) def_x_idx(0x0) def_t_idx(0x0) def_att_idx(0xc) attn_state(0x0) spq_prod_idx(0xf8)
Jun 16 17:09:42 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:08:57.229 cpu1:4280)<3>[bnx2x_panic_dump:677(vmnic1)]fp0: rx_bd_prod(0x6fe7) rx_bd_cons(0x3e9) *rx_bd_cons_sb(0x0) rx_comp_prod(0x7059) rx_comp_cons(0x6c59) *rx_cons_sb(0x6c59)
Jun 16 17:09:42 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:08:57.229 cpu1:4280)<3>[bnx2x_panic_dump:682(vmnic1)] rx_sge_prod(0x0) last_max_sge(0x0) fp_u_idx(0x6afb) *sb_u_idx(0x6afb)
Jun 16 17:09:42 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:08:57.229 cpu1:4280)<3>[bnx2x_panic_dump:693(vmnic1)]fp0: tx_pkt_prod(0x0) tx_pkt_cons(0x0) tx_bd_prod(0x0) tx_bd_cons(0x0) *tx_cons_sb(0x0)
Jun 16 17:09:42 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:08:57.229 cpu1:4280)<3>[bnx2x_panic_dump:697(vmnic1)] fp_c_idx(0x0) *sb_c_idx(0x0) tx_db_prod(0x0)
Jun 16 17:09:42 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:08:57.229 cpu1:4280)<3>[bnx2x_panic_dump:712(vmnic1)]fp0: rx_bd[4f]=[0:deda0310] sw_bd=[0x4100b462c940]
Jun 16 17:09:42 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:08:57.229 cpu1:4280)<3>[bnx2x_panic_dump:712(vmnic1)]fp0: rx_bd[50]=[0:de706590] sw_bd=[0x4100b4697b80]
Jun 16 17:09:42 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:08:57.229 cpu1:4280)<3>[bnx2x_panic_dump:712(vmnic1)]fp0: rx_bd[51]=[0:deac2810] sw_bd=[0x4100baad8e80]
Jun 16 17:09:42 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:08:57.229 cpu1:4280)<3>[bnx2x_panic_dump:712(vmnic1)]fp0: rx_bd[52]=[0:de9ae390] sw_bd=[0x4100bda03f40]
Jun 16 17:09:42 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:08:57.229 cpu1:4280)<3>[bnx2x_panic_dump:712(vmnic1)]fp0: rx_bd[53]=[0:de3e9a90] sw_bd=[0x4100b463ecc0]
Jun 16 17:09:42 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:08:57.229 cpu1:4280)<3>[bnx2x_panic_dump:712(vmnic1)]fp0: rx_bd[54]=[0:3ea48730] sw_bd=[0x4100bab19100]
Jun 16 17:09:42 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:08:57.229 cpu1:4280)<3>[bnx2x_panic_dump:712(vmnic1)]fp0: rx_bd[55]=[0:de5b1190] sw_bd=[0x4100bda83980]
Jun 16 17:09:42 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:08:57.229 cpu1:4280)<3>[bnx2x_panic_dump:712(vmnic1)]fp0: rx_bd[56]=[0:ded48410] sw_bd=[0x4100bdb06080]
Jun 16 17:09:42 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:08:57.229 cpu1:4280)<3>[bnx2x_panic_dump:712(vmnic1)]fp0: rx_bd[57]=[0:3e3f0d10] sw_bd=[0x4100bca0f480]
Jun 16 17:09:42 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:08:57.229 cpu1:4280)<3>[bnx2x_panic_dump:712(vmnic1)]fp0: rx_bd[58]=[0:de742110] sw_bd=[0x4100bda35d40]
Jun 16 17:09:42 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:08:57.230 cpu1:4280)<3>[bnx2x_panic_dump:712(vmnic1)]fp0: rx_bd[59]=[0:de6ffc90] sw_bd=[0x4100bcab3800]
Jun 16 17:09:42 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:08:57.230 cpu1:4280)<3>[bnx2x_panic_dump:712(vmnic1)]fp0: rx_bd[5a]=[0:de619710] sw_bd=[0x4100b4640c40]
Jun 16 17:09:42 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:08:57.230 cpu1:4280)<3>[bnx2x_panic_dump:712(vmnic1)]fp0: rx_bd[5b]=[0:de627e10] sw_bd=[0x4100bcaad440]
Jun 16 17:09:42 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:08:57.230 cpu1:4280)<3>[bnx2x_panic_dump:712(vmnic1)]fp0: rx_bd[5c]=[0:3e455e10] sw_bd=[0x4100b462a9c0]
Jun 16 17:09:42 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:08:57.230 cpu1:4280)<3>[bnx2x_panic_dump:712(vmnic1)]fp0: rx_bd[5d]=[0:de3a6110] sw_bd=[0x4100bdaf1d80]
Jun 16 17:09:42 esx-2-6 vmkernel: 0:01:08:57.230 cpu1:4280)<3>[bnx2x_panic_dump:712(vmnic1)]fp0: rx_bd[5e]=[0:3e37df90] sw_bd=[0x4100b470d580]

any thoughts, suggestions ?

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We have it installed, no problems yet. Smartlink appears to be working. But we have very few VM’s on the cluster at the moment

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Hi,

Whats the current latest working version of the driver for ESXi 4.0?

I am currently on 1.52.12.v40.8 on ESXi 4.0 update2, I will be rolling out 4.0 update 3 and wanted to know if I should roll the

1.62 driver, has anyone tried it, had any issues? Does it provided anything that I dont get with the 1.52 driver.

Regards

Rabie

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Jag har semester ,åter 15 aug.

I´m on vacation and will be back august 15.

mvh /regards

// Stefan

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