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PSOD – Purple Screen of Diagnostics

a.k.a: Purple Screen
a.k.a: Screen of Death

It shows the memory state at the time of the crash and other information useful to determine the root cause of the crash.


  1. Take screenshot
  2. Contact VMware
  3. Reboot Host
  4. Get the Core dump ->

Forcing a Purple Screen of Death

vsish -e set /reliability/crashMe/Panic 1

Sources and useful links

How To Deal With PSOD – The Purple Screen of Death

Interpreting an ESX/ESXi host purple diagnostic screen (1004250)

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