Getting "BUG: soft lockup detected on CPU#N" messages running RHEL on VMWare

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Issue

  • Kernel errors received on VMWare guest:
BUG: soft lockup detected on CPU#0

Related article: What is a CPU soft lockup?

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7
  • SMP enabled VMWare Virtual Machine

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