Wednesday, April 7, 2010

How to Decode MCE from PSOD (ESX dump) to identify the H/w Errors

Next time you see a PSOD (Pink Screen on Death) for ESX Server..
Look for any MCE (Machine Check Error) in the PSOD screen to isolate H/w issues.

MCE errors are always indication of some H/w failure..

Decoding the MCE:
For AMD CPUs you can use MCAT utility to decode the MCE for you..

For Intel CPUs you need to convert the MCE from
Hexadecimal to Binary and decode the error manually..

Watch the Video for how to decode the MCE for AMD Processors

Source : VMware KB - 1005184

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