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VMware ESX/ESXi 4.0 Driver CD for Mellanox ConnectX Ethernet Adapters

This driver CD release includes support for version 1.4.1.174 of the Mellanox 10Gb Ethernet driver on ESX/ESXi 4.0. The Mellanox 10Gb Ethernet driver supports products based on the Mellanox ConnectX Ethernet adapters.

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: 1.4.1.174 | 2009-08-26 | Build: 183898
Filename: vmware-esx-drivers-net-mlx4-en_400.1.4.1.174-1.0.4.00000.183898.iso
Md5sum: 3bdc13f6c9ed90a4769ab23f21f8cc19
Sha1sum: 77b2a3211abc8d3c956cbb087a9359489b8ebece

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-net-mlx4-en_400.1.4.1.174-1.0.4.00000.183898.iso

    The output should match the following:
    3bdc13f6c9ed90a4769ab23f21f8cc19 vmware-esx-drivers-net-mlx4-en_400.1.4.1.174-1.0.4.00000.183898.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 by using vihostupdate on either an ESX or ESXi host
  • To update or add drivers on existing ESX installations by using esxupdate (ESX only)

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

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 and ESXi installations by using vihostupdate (ESX and ESXi)

  1. Start the ESX or ESXi 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 (ESX only)

  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.