Problem with Emulex OneConnect OCe14000 NIC LoM

Troubleshooting driver, firmware and ESXi version combinations

Hardware failures in vSphere clusters normally aren’t a big issue. Almost every component is redundant in one or the other way. If one component fails, another one will jump in and take over its function. Malfunction is a different thing and more serious than failure. Such a Zombie can become a real problem because as long as there are signs of life, a replacement will not jump in and there will be no failover.

I witnessed such a situation after a scheduled reboot of a Top-of-Rack (ToR) switch. An ESXi host that was connected to the switch with a 10 Gbit uplink became malfunctioning but didn’t fail.

As you can see in the picture, the link indicator and activity LEDs are active although the cable has been disconnected. A true sign that there is something wrong.

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