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VMware ESX 3.5 Driver CD for Intel 82598EB 10Gb Ethernet Controller

This driver CD release includes support for version 1.3.56.7 of the Intel ixgbe driver on ESX 3.5. The ixgbe driver supports products based on the Intel 82598EB 10Gb Ethernet controller.

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

Last Updated: 2009-12-03

Driver CD for VMware ESX 3.5 Update 3, Update 4, and Update 5

Driver version: 1.3.56.7 | 2009-12-03 | Build: 205214
Filename: esx350-ixgbe-1.3.56.7-205214.iso
Md5sum: 7c062ffe55b4170f770aa8b6532f1441
Sha1sum: c84088edd2f530c71cbe8220c3e4693e53e9f022

ISO File

Driver CD for VMware ESX 3.5 Update 4

Driver version: 1.3.56.7 | 2009-08-20 | Build: 159172
Filename: esx350-ixgbe-1.3.56.7-159172.iso
Md5sum: 5eb1501870cabe4795392f28e7a858eb
Sha1sum: 54d4776cc10ae7372de5e3d0bee05ca6bd9a7477

ISO File

Driver CD for VMware ESX 3.5 Update 3

Driver version: 1.3.56.7 | 2009-04-17 | Build: 152000
Filename: esx350-ixgbe-1.3.56.7-152000.iso
Md5sum: a5aef4f451124bcf04d792aa728d803c

ISO File

Caution:
After installing these drivers, exercise caution when upgrading ESX or applying patches.

This document contains the following sections:

Creating the Driver CD

  1. Download the driver file.
  2. Check the md5sum of the downloaded file:
    • For the ESX 3.5 Update 3, Update 4, and Update 5 driver, run esx350-ixgbe-1.3.56.7-205214.iso
    • For the ESX 3.5 Update 4 driver, run esx350-ixgbe-1.3.56.7-159172.iso
    • For the ESX 3.5 Update 3 driver, run md5sum esx350-ixgbe-1.3.56.7-152000.iso

    The output should match the following:

    • For the ESX 3.5 Update 3, Update 4, and Update 5: 7c062ffe55b4170f770aa8b6532f1441 esx350-ixgbe-1.3.56.7-205214.iso
    • For the ESX 3.5 Update 4 driver: 5eb1501870cabe4795392f28e7a858eb esx350-ixgbe-1.3.56.7-159172.iso
    • For the ESX 3.5 Update 3 driver: a5aef4f451124bcf04d792aa728d803c esx350-ixgbe-1.3.56.7-152000.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, refer the procedure detailed in the following section.

Using the Driver CD

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

  • As a boot CD for new ESX installations
  • As a driver update CD for existing ESX 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 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 3.5 installation CD, insert the ESX 3.5 installation CD and continue with ESX installation.
    For detailed instructions, refer to the VI3 Installation and Upgrade Guide.
  7. After ESX is installed and the system reboots, log in to ESX.
  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 3.5 system (for more information, refer to the Patch Management for ESX Server 3 Tech Note).

  1. Start the ESX 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.
  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.