bumping for sheer fascination
System has passed a full memtest using memtest86 3.4a. The server is in the list of officially supported hardware.
I tried copying the same iso file from the OpenSUSE 10.3 guest to the Windows XP guest, again with WinSCP, and again got the purple screen of death. I will attach this crash dump as well for comparison.
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ESX stresses machines very diffirently, and a PSOD is almost always a hardware issue.
Makre sure you have updated the BIOS on that 1850, as well as the BMC and SAS backplane firmwares.
As mcowger states, VMware ESX stresses systems more than any OS out there. I would do the following:
Ensure the BIOS is updated to the latest (per Dell Instructions) for system and PCI cards, etc.
Ensure that all components within the box are on the HCL (specifically RAID and other PCI/PCIe/PCI-X cards)
Ensure the BIOS is configured for ESX per Dell instrcutions.
Run Hardware DIags from Dell for at least 24-48 hours
Run memtest86 for at least 24-48 hours
Generally I see these issues when the BIOS has not been updated.
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Both exceptions were page faults with the vm. Have you checked the console memory? Are you seeing memory utilization as high?