I've just tried to upgrade a small esx system to 3.0.2 and later to 3.5 version.
Unfortunatelly vmware esx 3.0.2 and 3.5 have killed the box :smileyangry: :smileyangry: :smileyangry: !!!
After the 'successful' upgrade my esx server does NOT work.
The whole network connections are dead... :_| :_|
All I'm getting is: vmkernel failures --> vmkernel autorization warning
--> MOD 2558: Initianization of vmkernel failed
--> vmkernel not loaded --> several modules fail to load in a row ... (hence no network ! )
--> vmnix modul not loaded ...etc.
and when I do a REBOOT.... the server simply stops to rebooting at 'stopping vmware-autostart'
how can I fix this vmkernel-problem? With 2.5.X everything worked fine and now with 3.5 (the better version???) all of sudden I have the complete vmkernel-OVERKILL?
Can't solve this hard task alone...:-(
VI3.5 is very sensitive to the hardware revisions in your system. I would ensure that your firmware revisions on all your hardware are running at the most recent version. I had a similar issue until I updated my local disk and network cards firmware to the latest. Give that a try and then reinstall ESX v3.5.
Edward L. Haletky
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Author of the book 'VMWare ESX Server in the Enterprise: Planning and Securing Virtualization Servers', Copyright 2008 Pearson Education. As well as the Virtualization Wiki at http://www.astroarch.com/wiki/index.php/Virtualization