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ESXi v5.1 purple debug screen after hard disk fail

I have a Dell 2950 running ESXi v5.1  I had a few VM's running on it and then all of the sudden they all stopped responding.  I looked at the server and saw HDD1 had an error and a purple screen on the ESXi console.  I'm using ESXi v5.1 to boot via a USB memory stick via hard disk emulation mode.  Why would a failed array member cause this?  When rebooting the server it came back up with a failed member being noted..  But.. The drive is green.. I'll figure the failed drive part out.. But..  Any ideas to ESXi going to a purple screen like this?  Also, the ESXi server is running vCenter with VSA Manager on it.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
We have seen PSOD (Purple Screen of Deaths) occur, when a disk has failed in RAID sets on ESXi.

I would check that all firmwares are up to date on the Dell server.

Again this can be tested, by pulling a disk out of the RAID set, whilst server is running.
Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
Could it be due to the swap space residing on the physical drives.
gopher_49Author Commented:

We'll test that some more..  All firmware's are up to date..  Will double check  That's exactly what happened.
if you want to know the details in ESXi look for a dump file in esx host and check the log

 # ls  /var/core/

something like this file "vmkernel-zdump-????"

use this command to extract

# vmkdump -l

jandel basanal

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