You may ask yourself why this simple procedure is not posted before you download the drivers CD from VMWare site. So do I. By the way, you may retrieve it after you download drivers CD. Therefore I put together requirements and steps to accomplish this installation task.
- Download Driver CD. Find below the link to the driver for Intel 10Gigabit Ethernet adapter:
Download this iso and burn to a CD or extract to an accessible volume.
- Download vSphereCLI – will use this remote tool in place of service console to update the driver
- Install vSphereCLI on a windows system which will we use to remotely access the ESXi server. See Instructions on this below *
- Put Driver ISO CD in CD Rom drive of remote windows system (or extract the iso to an accessible location
- Open vSphere CLI command prompt:
C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware vSphere CLI\bin
Check you are in the\bin directory and change to it if not
- Run the vihostupdate command to install drivers using the offline bundle.
vihostupdate<conn_options> –install –bundle <offline-bundle>.zip
For this example will consider following parameters:
vihostupdate.pl –server ip 192.168.10.11 –install –bundle E:\offline-bundle\INT-intel-lad-DT-esxi4x-intel-10g-3.4.23-offline bundle_82598.zip
- You will next be prompted for a username and password: enter the username and password for the ESX Host.
NOTE: SSH for root is disabled by default. If you do not have permissions, you should setup another user with shell access. and then using that user to log on.
Then retry logging on using this user
- Afterwards reboot the ESX host
The driver should now be loaded.
Hope you will find this article useful!