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VMware ESX Server 3.5 Driver CD for Broadcom NetXtreme II 1.5.10b.1.1 Driver

The ESX Server 3.5 driver CD includes support for version 1.5.10b.1.1 of Broadcom NetXtreme II (bnx2) driver. This bnx2 driver version supports Broadcom RemotePHY backplanes on Dell PowerEdge blade servers.
Note: This driver works only with the ESX Server 3.5 Update 2 release. You can download ESX Server 3.5 Update 2 from the VMware Web site.

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

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

Released 09/04/2008

ISO File

Creating and Using the Driver CD

  1. Download the driver file.
  2. Check the md5sum of the downloaded file:

    md5sum esx350-bnx2-350.1.5.10b.1.1-110476.iso

    The md5 checksum output must match the following:

    05f3baf5f98579a76b12a75dbce6d088 esx350-bnx2-350.1.5.10b.1.1-110476.iso

  3. Write the .iso image to a CD-ROM.
  4. To install ESX Server, refer the procedure detailed in the following section.

Installing ESX Server

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.

  • These two options are mutually exclusive.

Driver CD as a Boot CD Only

The following procedure describes how to use the driver CD as a boot CD. Only when the new driver must enable the target device on which ESX Server 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 the driver CD loads successfully, you are prompted to swap the driver CD with ESX Server installation CD.
  7. Insert ESX Server 3.5 Update 2 Installation CD and continue with ESX Server installation. For detailed instructions, refer to the VI3 Installation and Upgrade Guide.
  8. After ESX Server is installed and the system reboots, log in to ESX Server.
  9. Using the following procedure to verify that the driver has been installed successfully.
    1. Run the esxupdate query command.
      A message appears that contains the information about the driver.
    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.
      The driver is listed in the displayed list.

Driver CD as an Update CD Only

The following procedure describes how to use driver CD to update or add the driver on an existing ESX Server 3.5 Update 2 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 ESX Server 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 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.

  6. The driver update causes a server reboot. Remove the driver CD from the CD-ROM drive before the system reboots.
  7. After the system reboots, log in to ESX Server.
  8. Using the following procedure to verify that the driver has been 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.