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VMware ESX 4.0 Driver CD for AMCC 3ware RAID Controllers

This driver CD release includes support for version 2.26.08.035vm40 of the AMCC 3w-9xxx driver on ESX 4.0. The 3w-9xxx driver supports products based on the AMCC 3ware 9650SE and 9690SA SAS and SATA RAID controllers.

For detailed information about ESX hardware compatibility, check the I/O Hardware Compatibility Guide Web application.

Driver CD for VMware ESX 4.0

Driver version: 2.26.08.035vm40 | 2009-08-26 | Build: 179560
Filename: vmware-esx-drivers-scsi-3w-9xxx_400.2.26.08.035vm40-1.0.4.00000.179560.iso
Md5sum: 40d7307fcaad1bb98dd55ec27ea14509
Sha1sum: baf025a558171de60b8bd4094db2c1b584aa5ca4

ISO File

This document contains the following sections:

Creating the Driver CD

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

    md5sum vmware-esx-drivers-scsi-3w-9xxx_400.2.26.08.035vm40-1.0.4.00000.179560.iso

    The output should match the following:
    40d7307fcaad1bb98dd55ec27ea14509 vmware-esx-drivers-scsi-3w-9xxx_400.2.26.08.035vm40-1.0.4.00000.179560.iso

    See Verifying the integrity of downloaded installer files (KB 1537) for more information.

  3. Write the .iso image to a CD-ROM.

To install ESX software, 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 software installations. You can use the driver CD in three ways:

  • To install drivers as part of a new ESX software installation
  • To update or add drivers by using vihostupdate
  • To update or add drivers on existing ESX installations by using esxupdate

To install drivers for devices as part of a new ESX installation

Note: This procedure has changed since the ESX 3.5 driver-CD versions. You need the ESX installation DVD to begin driver installation.

  1. Place the ESX installation DVD in the DVD drive of the host.
  2. Accept the terms of the license agreement.
  3. Select a keyboard type.
  4. When prompted about custom drivers, select Yes to install custom drivers.
  5. Click Add to eject the ESX installation DVD.
  6. Place the driver CD in the DVD drive of the ESX host.
  7. Select driver module to import drivers to the ESX host.
  8. Click Next to continue.
    A dialog box displays the following message: Load the system drivers.
  9. Click Yes.
    After loading the driver module, continue installing ESX. After the drivers are installed you are prompted to swap the driver CD with the ESX installation DVD.

To update or add drivers on existing ESX installations by using vihostupdate

  1. Start the ESX host.
  2. Place the driver CD in the CD-ROM drive of the host on which either the vSphere CLI package is installed or vMA is hosted.
  3. Mount the driver CD.
  4. Navigate to <cd mount point>/offline-bundle/ and locate the <offline-bundle>.zip file.
  5. Run the vihostupdate command to install drivers using the offline bundle.
    vihostupdate <conn_options> --install --bundle <offline-bundle>.zip

For more details on vihostupdate, see the vSphere Command-Line Interface Installation and Reference Guide.

To update or add drivers on existing ESX installations by using esxupdate

  1. Start the ESX host and log in to ESX as root.
  2. Place the driver CD in the CD-ROM drive of the ESX host.
  3. Mount the driver CD.
  4. Navigate to <cd mount point>/offline-bundle/ and locate the <offline-bundle>.zip file.
  5. Run the esxupdate command to install drivers using the offline bundle.
    esxupdate --bundle=<offline-bundle>.zip update

For more information, refer to the ESX 4 Patch Management Guide Tech Note.