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

Wed Sep 12 09:14:35 UTC 2012
Tilman Schmidt <t.schmidt at phoenixsoftware.de>

Am 11.09.2012 21:14, schrieb John R Pierce:
> On 09/11/12 12:06 PM, Tilman Schmidt wrote:

>> 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

> I'd file a bug report with vmware.

Well, yes, I'm working on that. It's a tedious process trying to
convince VMware support that I really have bought support.

Meanwhile I'd like to understand what's going wrong here, and ideally
how to work around it. I found this blog post


which seems to hint that the Linux kernel might be involved in the
problem after all. The processor in the problem host is a Xeon
E3-1270V2, while the other one which works fine has an E3-1230. Alas the
"nosmep" boot option did not have any effect.

Tilman Schmidt
Phoenix Software GmbH
Bonn, Germany

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