In some cases ESX Server has been known to produce what many call a PSOD, or Purple Screen of Death. Other terms you might hear for the same thing might be:

  • crash debug screen

  • machine crash screen

  • ESX Server PSOD

  • Purple screen crash report

  • Decode purple screen error

  • BSOD

These are all valid descriptions for what is more accurately known as a Machine Code Exceptions, which are described in detail in the Knowledge Base article:

Decoding Machine Check Exception (MCE) output after a purple screen error (1005184).

We suggest you start with this KB article should you encounter one of these crash reports on your ESX host.

Rick Blythe

Social Media Specialist

VMware Inc.

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