VMware vSphere 6.5.x on Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers Release Notes

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Scratch partition stops working after hardware or software iSCSI is enabled on ESXi with elxiscsi Emulex driver

Description:

When specific versions of elxiscsi Emulex driver are installed or is part of ESXi, then, enabling the hardware or software iSCSI stops the scratch partition to work. This prevents the redirection of logging to a persistent data store causing loss of log data across reboots.

Applies to:
ESXi 6.5.x
Solution:
Dell EMC recommends that you install ESXi 6.5U1-A05 customized image which has latest Emulex elxiscsi-11.2.1197.17 driver to resolve this issue.
Perform one of the following steps:
  • Use syslog for logging on hardware or software iSCSI configurations with Emulex driver version elxiscsi-11.2.1152.0 and later. For more information about configuring syslog, see VMware Knowledge Base article 2003322.
  • Uninstall the elxiscsi driver and the associated shared library elx-esx-libelxima.so, if Emulex is not part of the configuration. To uninstall the elxiscsi driver, run the following commands:
    1. /etc/init.d/hostd stop
    2. localcli software vib remove -n elxiscsi -n elx-esx-libelxima.so
    3. reboot

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