IPMI Driver hangs in VMware ESXI 4.0

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IPMI Driver
VMware
VMware ESXI 4.0
When attempting to load the IPMI driver in VMware ESXi 4.0 it keeps hanging. Is there a workaround?

Software/Hardware used:
VMware esxi 4.0

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This is from the VMHelp Site.

This mostly likely indicates a server or BIOS issue and it would be best to first ensure that the host is running the latest BIOS version. If you want to disable the IPMI driver to the following, but note that this will disable certain portions of the health status that is displayed in the VI client.

  1. Access the console and run cd /etc/vmware/init/init.d
  2. Run the command chmod +t 72.ipmi. This will enable the sticky bit on the file and ensure that it gets backed up into the system backup file.
  3. Edit the file 72.ipmi. You can use vi or the command sed -i ‘/Exec/s/^/return ${SUCCESS} # disable IPMI\n\n/’ 72.ipmi. This command will essentially change the file from

#!/bin/sh
# Copyright 2008 VMware Inc.,

Exec esxcfg-init -I || {
return ${NON_CRITICAL_FAILURE}
}

to

#!/bin/sh
# Copyright 2008 VMware Inc.,

return ${SUCCESS} # disable IPMI

Exec esxcfg-init -I || {
return ${NON_CRITICAL_FAILURE}
}

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