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VMware ESX/ESXi 4.0 Driver CD for Broadcom NetXtreme II BCM5706, BCM5708, BCM5709, BCM5716 Ethernet Controllers

This driver CD release includes support for version 2.0.7c of the Broadcom bnx2 driver on ESX/ESXi 4.0. The bnx2 driver supports products based on Broadcom NetXtreme II BCM5706, BCM5708, BCM5709, BCM5716, 10,100,1000,2500Mbps PCI, PCI-X, PCIE Ethernet network controllers.

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

Driver CD for VMware ESX/ESXi 4.0

Driver version: 2.0.7c | 2010-02-22 | Build: 229199
Filename: vmware-esx-drivers-net-bnx2_400.2.0.7c-1.0.4.00000.229199.iso
Md5sum: 21e521b8d5053e9837d15d6a120d9ed8
Sha1sum: cdb381ede10f595b8484150d4044fad2366e3570

ISO File

Note: When you use this driver CD to install the driver during the ESX 4.0 installation process, the network configuration screen might show some devices as Unknown devices even when they are supported by the driver. After ESX starts, all devices are displayed properly.
On ESXi, some devices might continue to be displayed as Unknown devices during normal functioning.

This document contains the following sections:

Creating the Driver CD

Verify the integrity of the file and create a driver CD for this driver as follows:

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

    md5sum vmware-esx-drivers-net-bnx2_400.2.0.7c-1.0.4.00000.229199.iso

    The output should match the following:

    21e521b8d5053e9837d15d6a120d9ed8 vmware-esx-drivers-net-bnx2_400.2.0.7c-1.0.4.00000.229199.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/ESXi driver CD allows you to install new or updated drivers on new or existing ESX or ESXi software installations. You can use the driver CD in three ways:

  • To install drivers as part of a new ESX software installation (ESX only)
  • To update or add drivers using vihostupdate on either an ESX or ESXi host
  • To update or add drivers on existing ESX installations using esxupdate command(ESX only)

To install drivers for devices as part of a new ESX Installation (for ESX only)

Note: This procedure has changed since the ESX 3.5 version of driver CD. 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 for 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 the 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 and ESXi installations using vihostupdate
(for both ESX and ESXi)

  1. Power on the ESX or ESXi host.
  2. Place the driver CD in the CD-ROM drive of the host where 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 using esxupdate
(for ESX only)

  1. Power on the ESX host and log in as administrator.
  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.