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VMware ESX Server 3.5 Driver CD for ServerEngines BladeEngine 10Gb Ethernet Controller

This driver CD release includes support for version 1.0.748.1155 of the BladeEngine 10Gb NIC driver (benet driver) on ESX Server 3.5. The Benet driver supports products based on the BladeEngine 10Gbps dual-port Ethernet controller.

For detailed information about ESX Server hardware compatibility, see the I/O Hardware Compatibility List.

Driver CD for VMware ESX Server 3.5 Update 3

Last Updated: 2009-07-09

Driver version: 1.0.748.1155 | 2009-01-14 | Build: 135847
Filename: esx350-benet-350.1.0-135847.iso
Md5sum: 33fabd6b2ea90c719ef3a6805d2a83d3

ISO File

Driver CD for VMware ESX Server 3.5

Driver version: 1.0.748.1155 | 2008-10-20 | Build: 121376
Filename: esx350-benet-1.0-121376.iso
Md5sum: 8552f447663f10bea19d84899693c5a3

ISO File

Caution: Version 1.0.748.1155 of Benet driver might cause ESX Server to fail and display a blue screen when processing padded TCP packages with wrong TCP checksum.
To avoid this issue, install patch VMware-esx-drivers-net-benet-1.0.748.1455.i386.rpm available at the following location:
http://download3.vmware.com/software/esx/VMware-esx-drivers-net-benet-1.0.748.1455.i386.rpm.

After installing this driver, exercise caution when upgrading ESX Server or applying patches.

This document contains the following sections:

Creating and Using the Driver CD

  1. Download the driver file.
  2. Check the md5sum of the downloaded file:
    • For the ESX Server 3.5 Update 3 driver, run md5sum esx350-benet-350.1.0-135847.iso
    • For the ESX Server 3.5 driver, run md5sums esx350-benet-1.0-121376.iso

    The output should match the following:

    • For the ESX Server 3.5 Update 3 driver: 33fabd6b2ea90c719ef3a6805d2a83d3 esx350-benet-350.1.0-135847.iso
    • For the ESX Server 3.5 driver: 8552f447663f10bea19d84899693c5a3 esx350-benet-1.0-121376.iso

  3. See Verifying the integrity of downloaded installer files (KB 1537) for more information.
  4. Write the .iso image to a CD-ROM

To install ESX Server, refer the procedure detailed in the following section.

Installing ESX Server

The ESX Server driver CD allows you to install new or updated drivers on new or existing ESX Server installations. You can use the driver CD in two different ways:

  • As a boot CD for new ESX Server installations.
  • As a driver update CD for existing ESX Server installations.

Driver CD as a Boot CD Only

The following procedure describes how to use the driver CD as a boot CD. Use this CD as a boot CD only when the new driver must enable the target device on which ESX Server 3.5 will be installed.

  1. Place the driver CD in the CD-ROM drive of the host machine.
  2. Start the host machine.
  3. When prompted for an upgrade or installation, press Enter for graphical mode.
  4. Choose the language you prefer.
  5. Select a keyboard type.
  6. After you are prompted to swap the driver CD with the ESX Server installation CD, insert the ESX Server 3.5 installation CD and continue with ESX Server installation.
    For detailed instructions, refer to the VI3 Installation and Upgrade Guide.
  7. After ESX Server is installed and the system reboots, log in to ESX Server.
  8. Verify that the driver is installed successfully:
    1. Run the esxupdate query command.
      A message containing the information about the driver appears.
    2. View the PCI ID XML file in the /etc/vmware/pciid/ directory.
      The driver information is available in the file.
    3. Check for the latest version of the driver module in the following directory:
      /usr/lib/vmware/vmkmod/
    4. To verify that the driver is loaded and functioning, enter vmkload_mod -l command.
      The driver is listed in the displayed list.

Driver CD as an Update CD Only

The following procedure describes how to use the driver CD to update or add the driver on an existing ESX Server 3.5 system (for more information, refer to the Patch Management for ESX Server 3 Tech Note).

  1. Start the ESX Server machine and log in to service console as root.
  2. Place the driver CD in the CD-ROM drive of the server.
  3. Mount the driver CD.
  4. Change the directory to the VMupdates/RPMS/ on the driver CD.
  5. Run the esxupdate update command.

    Note: If the hardware is not already installed on the system, run the esxupdate command with the --noreboot option, shut down the host machine manually, install the hardware, and then boot the host machine. This allows you to install in a single boot.

    The server reboots after the driver update.
  6. Remove the driver CD from the CD-ROM drive before the system reboots.
  7. After the system reboots, log in to ESX Server.
  8. Verify that the driver is installed successfully:
    1. Run the esxupdate query command and verify that the information about the driver is mentioned in the resulting message.
    2. View the PCI ID XML file in the /etc/vmware/pciid/ directory.
      The driver information is available in the file.
    3. Check for the latest version of the driver module in
      /usr/lib/vmware/vmkmod/
    4. To verify that the driver is loaded and functioning, run the vmkload_mod -l command.
      The driver is listed in the displayed list.