EXSI NIC troubleshooting.

Currently I have a dedicated an exsi 5.5 host at hostway running 2 web servers, just recently these 2 servers started to crash with a blue screen and reboot, after some dump analysis and extensive troubleshooting I've found out that these servers only crashes when they are connected to the network, if I disconnect the image from the network they stay stable. I wanted to check with someone here if anyone here has had similar issues and if I need to be looking at the server NIC as a possible cause? Any suggestions will be appreciated.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I wanted to check with someone here if anyone here has had similar issues and if I need to be looking at the server NIC as a possible cause? Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Yes, check the following and resolve if needed. All hosts and guest OS must be on the HCL and certified.

0. All firmware up to date in the ESXi Host, especially NIC firmware.

1. Make ESXi 5.5 is on the latest build.

2. Latest version of VMware Tools installed.

3. VMXNET3 interface driver installed.
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jdffAuthor Commented:
Is VMXNET3 compatible with Windows 2003 Std R2 and Windows 2008 Std R2? Thank you.
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jdffAuthor Commented:
Also, keep in mind, everything was working just fine for months....
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Is VMXNET3 compatible with Windows 2003 Std R2 and Windows 2008 Std R2? Thank you.

Yes.

Also, keep in mind, everything was working just fine for months....

But nothing ever remains the same.... those four steps where we would start diagnosis and analysis.

2003 is going to be difficult one to fix, as OS is end of life, no longer supported.
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jdffAuthor Commented:
The strange thing is that, Hostway did an emergency maintenance on their firewall yesterday and these 2 servers started to crash right after that. I have opened a ticket with Hostway and they have not got back to me.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The above steps are standard best practices you should have in order anyway!

For Security and Critical issues.

Not certain what firewall changes could impact an OS, and crash them..... what is the crash ?

Blur Screen of Death, Stop Error Code ?
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jdffAuthor Commented:
On the 2003 blue screen on the 2008 an unexpected reboot but it creates a minidump too.

Here is what the 2003 says:
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Dump File         : Mini120817-08.dmp
Crash Time        : 12/8/2017 7:29:59 PM
Bug Check String  : IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
Bug Check Code    : 0x0000000a
Parameter 1       : 0x00000000
Parameter 2       : 0xd000001b
Parameter 3       : 0x00000001
Parameter 4       : 0x808312e7
Caused By Driver  : tcpip.sys
Caused By Address : tcpip.sys+1ce7a
File Description  : TCP/IP Protocol Driver
Product Name      : Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Company           : Microsoft Corporation
File Version      : 5.2.3790.4573 (srv03_sp2_gdr.090815-0925)
Processor         : 32-bit
Crash Address     : ntkrnlpa.exe+8c9eb
Stack Address 1   : ntkrnlpa.exe+312e7
Stack Address 2   : ntkrnlpa.exe+28191
Stack Address 3   : afd.sys+153f
Computer Name     :
Full Path         : C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\Mini120817-08.dmp
Processors Count  : 8
Major Version     : 15
Minor Version     : 3790
Dump File Size    : 85,344
Dump File Time    : 12/8/2017 7:31:29 PM
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65tdRetiredCommented:
VMWare tools installed?
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jdffAuthor Commented:
Yes it is.
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65tdRetiredCommented:
MS released a patch or an update that maybe affecting the nic's, please see (the update was in June but may have been recently applied):

https://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2016/06/rush-post-microsoft-convenience-update-and-vmware-vmxnet3-incompatibilities.html
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
This was June 2016, so this is rather old.
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jdffAuthor Commented:
The issue was with Hostway network, they corrected the issue on their end.
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65tdRetiredCommented:
Andrew agreed the article is dated,but was burned by it once this year.
65td
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Did they explain what changes they had made caused the OS to crash ?
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jdffAuthor Commented:
They said that the arp table from the switch was causing the isse, but it was a strange answer. I'm not really sure.
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