you probably need to open a support request with vmware for this since its a exception 14 hardware issue
actuall check this thread:
dariusd "We've isolated the problem and have an internal bug report open to track the fix.
The problem should (mostly?) only affect PCI devices as opposed to PCIe devices; "
looks like it relates to you
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Hi Renato, and welcome to the VMware Communities,
Firstly, please note that the VMware Communities website is not an official channel to VMware Support. We have a page listing the official channels by which you may open a Support Request; refer to those instructions if you feel a Support Request is necessary.
We have isolated the cause of the issue you have encountered. It should only affect PCI (not PCIe) devices, although from your description you have a device with PCIe host interface and form factor which is layered around a PCI-X device, so it is understandable that it will also be affected.
We have an internal bug report filed to track the issue and the delivery of a fix. As sparrowangelstechnology has mentioned, you may consider opening a Support Request if you need more immediate assistance with your scenario.
I hope this helps!
Beaten to the punch, by my own post!
Thanks, sparrowangelstechnology. Good to have your help.
Hi Darius and sparrowangelstechnology,
thank you for your very quick answers.
I have to admit that while diagnosing the purple screens, I tried to search for any reference on VMware Communities, but it seems I lost some posts, and when I wrote "Dear VMware Support" I actually knew I wasn't writing to the official product support and there are other ways to contact them.
Anyway, thank you for pointing that out.
Moving to the passthrough issue, I've currently removed the device from the VM so that there's no risk of crash for the host and I've reconfigured my backup software to use a different device instead of the tape attached to the SCSI HBA.
Now I'll start checking for upcoming fixes to ESXi 5.1.
Is it expected to read something about that on this thread or on the other one linked by sparrowangelstechnology?
Thanks again for your support.