VMWare hosted system with e1000e virtual NICs encounters a kernel panic within "e1000e_cyclecounter_read+0xa7/0xc0 [e1000e]"

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Issue

  • We have two RHEL 7.1 systems running in VMWare. Last week when the kernel upgraded to 3.10.0-229, one system rebooted just fine, and the other immediately hangs to a black screen. I can boot to kernel 3.10.0-123.20.1 without any problems on the failing system.

Environment

  • VMWare hosted virtual machine
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1
    • e1000e Virtual NIC

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