VMware ESXi 5.x E1000 PSOD Issue

Even though the bug has been fixed I still see it to come up. ESXi 5.x has two issues that might cause the ESXi host to fail with a purple diagnostic screen. Both PSOD look very similiar:

KB2059053:

#PF Exception 14 in world wwww:WorldName IP 0xnnnnnnnn addr 0x0
PTEs:0xnnnnnnnn;0xnnnnnnnn;0x0;
0xnnnnnnnn:[0xnnnnnnnn]E1000PollRxRing@vmkernel#nover+ 0xdb9
0xnnnnnnnn:[0xnnnnnnnn]E1000DevRx@vmkernel#nover+0x18a

KB2079094:

#PF Exception 14 in world wwww:WorldName IP 0xnnnnnnnn addr 0x0
PTEs:0xnnnnnnnn;0xnnnnnnnn;0x0;
0xnnnnnnnn:[0xnnnnnnnn]E1000PollRxRing@vmkernel#nover+0xeb7
0xnnnnnnnn:[0xnnnnnnnn]E1000DevRx@vmkernel#nover+0x18a
[...]
0xnnnnnnnn:[0xnnnnnnnn]Net_AcceptRxList@vmkernel#nover+0x157

The following table shows a list of build numbers (red) that are affected by the issue.

Vmware KB KB2059053 KB2079094
Diagnostic entries E1000PollRxRing
E1000DevRx
E1000PollRxRing
E1000DevRx
Net_AcceptRxList
ESXi 5.5 Builds 2403361
2302651
2143827
2068190
1892794
1881737
1746974
1746018
1636597
1623387
1474528
1439689
1331820
2403361
2302651
2143827
2068190
1892794
1881737
1746974
1746018
1636597
1623387
1474528
1439689
1331820
ESXi 5.1 Builds 2323236
2191751
2000251
1900470
1743533
1612806
1483097
1312873
1157734
1117900
1065491
1021289
914609
838463
837262
799733
2323236
2191751
2000251
1900470
1743533
1612806
1483097
1312873
1157734
1117900
1065491
1021289
914609
838463
837262
799733
ESXi 5.0 Builds 2312428
2000308
1918656
1851670
1489271
1311175
1254542
1117897
1024429
914586
821926
768111
721882
702118
653509
623860
515841
504890
474610
469512
2312428
2000308
1918656
1851670
1489271
1311175
1254542
1117897
1024429
914586
821926
768111
721882
702118
653509
623860
515841
504890
474610
469512

 

  1. I'm experiencing the e1000 issue even after updating to build 2323236

  2. I remember when we had this time bomb of an issue in our clusters (back when we were on 5.1). It was horrible. We've since then moved to VMXNET adapters.

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