VMware ESXi host fails with PSOD after upgrading to 6.5 Update 1 (2151749)

Just when you thought it was safe to upgrade a Pink Screen of Death (PSoD) is confirmed. If you are thinking of upgrading from 6.5 u2 to update 1 you may want to hold off. This problem has no resolution and was officially documented by VMware on Oct 25, 2017.


  • Upgrading to ESXi 6.5 Update 1 produces a PSOD.
  • ESXi host using 10GB NICs


The bug is with the Netqueue commit phase. It abruptly stops due to a failure of hardware activation of a Rx queue. As a result, the Internal data structure of the Netqueue layer’s could go out of sync causing a host PSOD.

This is a known issue affecting ESXi 6.5

No current official resolution.