Update: ESX 3.5 on HS21 XM (7995)

IBM came back with a workaround to my problem,….All workarounds have been tested and work.

The workarounds then for anyone running ESX 3.5 Build 64607 on HS21 XM 7995 v1.08 with 2 x quad core CPUs:

1. Use ESXi instead (No service console, hence no PSOD. Also no mouse services in the console needed, hence no PSOD (this is the problem that I was experiencing).

2. Use ESX 3.5 Up 1 Build 82663 (Stable as of 18th April – double check your checksums!)

3. Use ESX 3.5 build 64607 but disable the gpm module, do this by entering the following on the Service Console:

chkconfig gpm off

then reboot the host, obviously you will get a PSOD but reset it and all should be well thereafter.

Er… problem with HS21 XM (7995) and ESX 3.5

This is a bit of an issue. I’ve just test installed ESX 3.5 onto a HS21 XM (7995) blade BIOS v 1.07, everything is fine and the server boots fine and runs stable but everytime I reboot from the console or restart using VI-Client I get a purple screen of death.

Now I know that there is an issue with quad-core Xeons and HS21 blades, but wasn’t this fixed with the latest BIOS versions? I believe it was fixed with BIOS 1.06 on the normal HS21 but was this same fix applied to HS21 XM (7995) v 1.07?

IBM and VMware support tickets have been opened, but any working fixes out there?