IBM Support - Interim Fix for VMware Certified ESXi 5.0 Kernel Modules

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This is an interim fix patch for VSP This patch replaces the kernel module and is intended only for VMware ESXi 5.0 with a VMware certified kernel module.


IBM Security Virtual Server Protection for VMware V1.1.0.1
Last modified: 10/10/2012


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This patch contains enhancements for IBM Security Virtual Server Protection for VMware V1.1.0.1


This patch replaces the current kernel module on VMware ESXi 5.0 with a kernel module that is certified by VMware.

This update applies to IBM Security Virtual Server Protection for VMware V1.1.0.1 running on VMware ESXi 5.0.

Attention: If you install a subsequent VSP patch that contains a kernel module, the certified kernel module installed with this patch is overwritten. You can re-install this patch after you install the other patch if you want to retain the certified kernel module.

To apply the update:

Important: You must have root user permissions to perform the steps in this procedure.

All guest VMs on the ESXi host must be migrated to another host to ensure business continuity. If the guest VMs are not migrated, then the customer must shut them down before following these instructions. These instructions assume that VSP V1.1.0.1 is running on the ESXi 5.0 host.

Note: If you have never performed ESX Server Configuration in provVSetup on the host (e.g., with a new installation), then start at Step 3.

1. Uninstall the agent from the provVSetup menu.
Important: After the agent is uninstalled, turn off the SVM. Do not delete the SVM.

2. Reboot the ESXi host.

3. Copy the patch file to the /root directory on the SVM (

4. On the SVM, run the patch installation script:


5. Start the Network Configuration / ESX Server Configuration in provVSetup. The updated module is pushed and installed on the ESX host.

6. Use the VMware vSphere client to go to the SVM settings and select the "Connected" and the "Connect at power on" check boxes for network adapters 2, 3 and 6.

7. On the SVM, issue the following command to Verify that the new kernel module is installed and loaded:

grep "Version of ibm-iss-vmkmod" /var/iss/engine1.log

If the new kernel module is installed and loaded successfully, the following output is displayed:

Note: The version string of the certified module is

2012/09/19 11:48:59.088 T:3084270272 Version of ibm-iss-vmkmod: [] Version of IPS Engine: []

This patch does not change the version of the installed IPS engine, which means that the ibm-iss-vmkmod version is different from the IPS engine version. If you see a warning in the engine1.log about this difference, you can safely ignore it.


Refer to the following Technote for troubleshooting information if the procedure is not successful:
Technote 1610899 - Troubleshooting and Manual Installation of the ESX/ESXi Kernel Module (VIB) for Virtual Server Protection for VMWare


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Document information

More support for: IBM Security Virtual Server Protection for VMware

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Operating system(s): Firmware

Reference #: 1614056

Modified date: 15 October 2012

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