By Kurt Mackie
Special to GCN
Originally posted Aug. 12 at 4:24 p.m. and updated Aug. 13 at 2:25 p.m.
Aug. 12 was a blow-out day for some users of VMware's ESX 3.5 and ESXi
3.5 virtualization products, especially if they had applied the latest
product updates called "Update 2."
The company issued an initial knowledge base article (KB 1006716)
yesterday about the problem, which causes licenses to expire on the
patched machines, along with other associated difficulties. VMware plans
to provide additional information on the matter by revising its KB
1006716 bulletin in the future, according to the company's VMTN blog.
VMware's CEO, Paul Maritz, released a letter yesterday, apologizing to
customers and explaining the problem.
"When the time clock in a server running ESX 3.5 or ESXi 3.5 Update 2
hits 12:00AM on August 12th, 2008, the released code causes the product
license to expire," Maritz wrote. "The problem has also occurred with a
recent patch to ESX 3.5 or ESXi 3.5 Update 2."
Users of those products that applied Update 2 will see a number of
problems with their virtual machines, including power off/on problems,
machines stuck in suspend mode and an inability to migrate using
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