[CentOS] CentOS 6 early panic on ESXi 4.1.0 build 800380

John R Pierce pierce at hogranch.com
Tue Sep 11 15:14:13 EDT 2012


On 09/11/12 12:06 PM, Tilman Schmidt wrote:
> I run VMware vSphere 4 Essentials with three almost identically
> configured ESXi 4.1 hosts and a mix of 32 and 64 bit guests including
> Windows 2003 and 2008 as well as CentOS 5 and 6. Recently I updated one
> of the hosts to build 800380. The new build runs Windows and CentOS 5
> VMs fine, but CentOS 6 guests won't come up.
>
> I tried two different CentOS 6 VMs. Both have the latest standard kernel
> (2.6.32-279.5.2.el6.x86_64). Both run perfectly fine on one of the other
> VMware hosts still running ESXi 4.1.0 build 702113. On build 800380,
> both display the GRUB menu alright but freeze immediately afterwards,
> emitting the message
>
> PANIC: early exception 0d rip 10:ffffffff81038879 error 0 cr2 0
>
> on the bottom of the virtual console. Both run perfectly fine again once
> I move them back to the host with the older ESXi build.
>
>  From one of the failed boot attempts, I captured a VMware debug log
> which shows:
>
> Sep 11 17:21:19.628: vcpu-0| RDMSR: unknown MSR[0x1a0] (read as zero):
> rip=0xffffffff810388db count=1
> Sep 11 17:21:19.628: vcpu-0| RDMSR: unknown MSR[0x1a0] (read as zero):
> rip=0xffffffff810388db count=2
> Sep 11 17:21:19.629: vcpu-0| X86Fault_Warning:
> vmcore/vmm64/cpu/interp.c:427: cs:eip=0x10:0xffffffff81038879 fault=13
> Sep 11 17:21:19.632: vcpu-0| Vix: [1125838 vmxCommands.c:9609]:
> VMAutomation_HandleCLIHLTEvent. Do nothing.
> Sep 11 17:21:19.632: vcpu-0| MsgHint: msg.monitorevent.halt (sent)
> Sep 11 17:21:19.632: vcpu-0| The CPU has been disabled by the guest
> operating system. Power off or reset the virtual machine.
>
> Ideas?
>
>

from here, it appears to be a hardware or vmware issue.   NOTHING the 
guest OS does should crash the hypervisor.   I'd file a bug report with 
vmware.


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john r pierce                            N 37, W 122
santa cruz ca                         mid-left coast



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