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VMware ESX Server 3.5 Driver CD for HT1100 SATA/IDE Controller


This is an ESX Server 3.5 Driver CD for Dell PowerEdge R905 systems which enables support for the Broadcom/Serverworks HT1100 SATA/IDE controller to allow access to the built-in CDROM on Dell PowerEdge R905 FatTire32 systems.

Released 04/17/2008

ISO File

Instructions for Creating and Using the Driver CD to Install VMware ESX Server

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

    md5sum sata_cdrom_enablement-84374.iso

    The md5 checksum output should match the following:

    md5sum - 66fee7ed434bbaff0b8553fd74544aba sata_cdrom_enablement-84374.iso

  3. Write the .iso image to a CD-ROM
  4. Follow the installation procedures below:

Installation Procedures

The Driver CD can be used in two different ways: as a boot CD (option A) for new ESX Server installations, or as a driver update CD (option B) for existing ESX Server installations. These two options are mutually exclusive.

A.   To use the driver CD as a Boot CD for new ESX Server installations only:

The Driver CD should be used as a Boot CD when you wish to install ESX server from the SATA CD/DVD device on a Dell PowerEdge R905 FatTire32 system.

Follow the steps below to use the Driver CD as a boot CD.

  1. Place the driver CD in the CD drive of the server.
  2. Boot the server.
  3. When prompted for an upgrade or installation method, press Enter for graphical mode.
  4. Choose your language.
  5. Select a keyboard type.
  6. If the driver CD loads successfully, you will be prompted to swap the driver CD with the ESX Server CD.

    NOTE: It might take some time for the driver CD to load.

  7. Insert the ESX 3.5 Update 1 installation CD. (For detailed instructions, please refer to the ESX Server 3 Installation Guide).

    NOTE: If prompted to choose between an Install or Upgrade installation method, choose Install

  8. After the ESX Server is installed and the system reboots, log into ESX server and verify that the driver has been installed successfully
    • Run the esxupdate query command and observe that "SATA CD-ROM enablement" is mentioned in the resulting message.

B.   To use the driver CD as an update CD to update/add driver on existing ESX Server installations only:

Follow the steps below to use the Driver CD to update the driver on an existing ESX 3.5 Update 1 Server

(For detailed instructions, please refer to the Patch Management for VMware Infrastructure 3 guide)

  1. Power on the ESX server and logon to the ESX Server with administrator capability.
  2. Access the DriverCD using the server's DRAC interface or by using a USB CD-ROM drive.
  3. Mount the driver CD.
  4. Change directory to the VMupdates/RPMS/ directory on the driver CD.
  5. Run the esxupdate command by typing esxupdate update
  6. The driver update will cause a server reboot. Remove the Driver CD from the CD-ROM before the system reboots.
  7. After the system reboots, login to the ESX Server and verify that the driver has been installed successfully:
    • Run the esxupdate query command and observe that "SATA CD-ROM enablement" is mentioned in the resulting message
    • If your ESX Server was initially installed using the DRAC (Dell Remote Access Controller) or a USB CD-ROM, the SATA CD/DVD device may be enumerated as /dev/cdrom1 or /dev/cdrom2 instead of /dev/cdrom.