VMware ESX/ESXi 4.0 Driver CD for Brocade 825, 815, 425, and 415 HBAs

This driver CD release includes support for version of the Brocade bfa driver on ESX 4.0. The bfa driver supports products based on the Brocade 825, 815, 425, and 415 HBAs.

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

Driver CD for VMware ESX/ESXi 4.0

Last Updated: 2009-07-23
Driver version: | 2009-07-23 | Build: 175274
Filename: vmware-esx-drivers-scsi-bfa_400.
Md5sum: c3b371f2fbeb08c5002a632300f8d26f
Sha1sum: 489787f6e0bae3a569b2505e2fe5729c379c96b9

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-bfa_400.

  3. The output should match the following:

    c3b371f2fbeb08c5002a632300f8d26f vmware-esx-drivers-scsi-bfa_400.

    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/ESXi, refer the procedures detailed in the following section.

Using the Driver CD

The ESX/ESXi driver CD allows you to install drivers on new or existing ESX or ESXi software installations. You can use the driver CD in three ways:

To update or add drivers using vihostupdate on an ESX or ESXi host
(for both 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 install drivers as part of a new ESX software installation (for ESX only)

Note: This procedure has changed since the ESX 3.5 version of this driver CD. You require the ESX installation DVD to begin.

  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 the driver. 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 esxupdate
(for ESX only)

  1. Start the ESX host and log in as an administrator.
  2. Place the driver CD in the CD-ROM drive of the ESX host and mount the driver CD.
  3. Navigate to <cd_mount_point>/offline_bundle/ and locate the <offline_bundle>.zip file.
  4. Run the esxupdate command to install drivers by using the offline bundle.
    esxupdate --bundle=<offline_bundle>.zip update