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VMware ESX 4.0 Driver CD for QLogic 8100 Series 4Gb and 8Gb HBA, and 10GbE FCoE CNA

This driver CD release includes support for version 831.k1.25vmw of the QLogic qla2xxx driver on ESX 4.0. The qla2xxx fibre channel driver supports products based on QLogic QL8100 series 4Gb and 8Gb host bus adapters (HBA), and on QLogic QL8100 series 10GbE converged network adapters (CNA).

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: 831.k1.25vmw | 2010-04-15 | Build: 242037
Filename: vmware-esx-drivers-scsi-qla2xxx_400.831.k1.25vmw-1.0.4.00000.242037.iso
Md5sum: 1c87b4c61ad4bedc4935731f04136a31
Sha1sum: 8f5e6a3d37acf3c499958984dbabd21f0bdf74a5

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.

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-scsi-qla2xxx_400.831.k1.25vmw-1.0.4.00000.242037.iso

    The output should match the following:

    1c87b4c61ad4bedc4935731f04136a31
    vmware-esx-drivers-scsi-qla2xxx_400.831.k1.25vmw-1.0.4.00000.242037.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 using vihostupdate on either an ESX host
  • To update or add drivers on existing ESX installations using esxupdate command

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

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 installations using vihostupdate

  1. Power on the ESX 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

  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.