If you happen to search Google for one of the following phrases you might expect Google to return a list of official VMware Knowledgebase articles on the topic.

  • crash debug screen
  • machine crash screen
  • ESX Server PSOD
  • Purple screen crash report
  • Decode purple screen error

Guess what? VMware’s own document standards prevent us from using any of these phrases in the articles, and Google isn’t smart enough to know a PSOD really means a Decoding Machine Check Exception. So instead of finding the best information you really need at that moment, you get a ton of 3rd party information.

Our community forums don’t have as strict rules about terminology so I have just created this post:


in hopes it ranks well and directs customers to the information they need on ESX purple screens.