A couple of days ago we stumbled upon a disturbing issue with a relatively newly installed ESXi 5 management host for VDI. We were preparing a base VM for Linked-Clone deployment and when accessing its admin share from another machine ("\vm\c$") the entire Management network locks up. We can browse for a bit but after digging through a few folders Explorer hangs. The host and all other VMs inside of it are completely unreachable from the vSphere Client. If I physically walk over to the ESXi server I can login and reboot it and it will come back just fine. I can reliably crash it with any Windows-based VM (7 and 2008R2) 99% of the time. Today, I experimented with different physical ports on the server (there are 4) and found that once it crashes on a port, moving it to another and restarting the Management Network gets me back in, but if I fire up a share remotely I can crash that port, too. A reboot clears it all up.
I've combed through the logs on the server and haven't turned up anything of use. Any ideas?