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Recent Windows Update Causing Blue Screens with ESXI Virtual Machine


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#1 M516A

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Posted 22 April 2015 - 10:54 PM

Just looking to see if anyone else has seen any issues with the updates offered for Windows 7 that would have been installed around 4/16/2015 at 3 a.m. on a system setup for auto-updates and restarts. Looks like mostly Office 2010 updates, .NET Framework updates and a few Window 7 security updates:
 
Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2990214)
Security Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3046269)
Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2952664)
Security Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3046306)
Security Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3046482)
Security Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3045999)
Security Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3042553)
Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1 on Windows 7 and "" for x64-based Systems (KB3037574)
Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3038314)
Security Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3045685)
 
Almost exactly 24hr after the 4/16/2015 at 3 a.m. install came ~20 blue-screens over the course of a day till I rolled back updates. The funny thing is I have seen intermittent blue screens on other Windows 7 machines running on this same ESXI host, and they have no PCI-e devices passed through to them. The Windows Server 2012 R2 and Linux guests have not been affected.The crashes increase in frequency when the system is under load it seems. All the blue-screens point towards ntoskrnl.exe with a 0x0000000a bugckeck. All OS are on SSD datastore.
 
Here is a Speccy dump of the system:
http://speccy.piriform.com/results/DmHOVbyPFQA2WRSVblyG4dN
 
Yes, I know the system is an oddball, but it has been working very nicely without a single crash or blue-screen since it came online 3-4 months ago. I rolled back the updates and everything is stable again so far.
 
I also ran MemTest 86+ on the server to ensure it is not the RAM, no errors with all 64GB. Stick-by stick in slot one, then dual channel, then triple channel, then all sticks in first quad channel. No issues what-so-ever (besides the whole day it took to run all tests :whistle: ). RAM is on Supermicro's QVL and ECC works. ESXI version is 5.5 with most recent Virtual Tools installed on all machines. The system is in a Supermicro chassis with dual redundant PSUs, both check fine.
 
Just wondering if any of the above knowledge bulletins would cause such an issue before I continue my witch-hunt.
 
Than you for your time!

Edited by Al1000, 05 February 2017 - 01:28 PM.
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Posted 23 April 2015 - 05:55 PM

Ii would take a close look at your ssds. How do you have them set up?


Have you tried turning it off and on again?


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Posted 24 April 2015 - 04:15 PM

Ii would take a close look at your ssds. How do you have them set up?

 

Very simply. I had issues with using an LSI 2008 HBA with SSDs, so I just dedicated the on-board Intel chip-set to datastores (four SSDs so far). I am running a SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SRL-F. All four SSDs are attached to ports 0-3 in AHCI. No RAID. ESXI reports their existence as SSD this way. All four SSDs are 240GB Intel 730s.

 

I haven't had a single crash since rolling back updates and am going to slowly roll them forward one-by-one to see which one is culprit.

 

Thank you.


Edited by M516A, 24 April 2015 - 04:16 PM.


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Posted 27 April 2015 - 06:07 PM

Hey did you figure out which update was causing the errors? I don't want to push these updates onto the computers where I work if one of them will give me problems.

 

 

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 06:27 PM

Hey did you figure out which update was causing the errors? I don't want to push these updates onto the computers where I work if one of them will give me problems.

 

 

Thanks.

 

http://www.infoworld.com/article/2914590/microsoft-windows/windows-patch-kb-3045999-conflicts-with-mcafee-error-c0000018-romax-virtualbox.html

 

I had been doing one update and stress testing for 24-36 hours, but came across this article. I have done every update besides KB 3045999, and so far (12 hours) no crashes. I'll let you know if there are any crashes after a week or so to rule this KB the cause.

 

Maybe this patch also conflicts with VMWare's Tools for guests?

 

Thank you.


Edited by M516A, 29 April 2015 - 06:32 PM.


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Posted 29 April 2015 - 06:37 PM

Thanks for replying and pointing me to that article. Much Appreciated. I just went ahead and declined that update from my computers.



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Posted 04 May 2015 - 09:21 PM

All virtual machines are still going with no blue-screens. I would say KB3045999 conflicts with some piece of software in "VMware Tools."  






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