VMware ESXi 5.5.0 Driver Rollup 1 Release Notes

VMware ESXi™ 5.5.0 Driver Rollup1 | 4 DEC 2013 | Build 1391747

Last updated: 4 DEC 2013

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What's in the Release Notes

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What's In This Release

This release of the VMware ESXi 5.5.0 Driver Rollup 1 provides an installable ESXi ISO image that includes drivers for various products produced by VMware partners. For complete information about the vSphere 5.5 release, see the vSphere 5.5 documentation at https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-pubs.html. You can download the VMware ESXi 5.5.0 Driver Rollup 1 at https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=ESXI550&productId=353&rPId=4607.

Third-Party Drivers Added or Updated in the VMware ESXi 5.5.0 Driver Rollup 1

For detailed information about ESXi Server hardware compatibility, see the VMware Compatibility Guide.

VMware Partner Driver Build
Brocade Brocade_bootbank_net-bna_3.2.3.0-1OEM.550.0.0.1198610 1326741
Broadcom Broadcom_bootbank_net-bnx2_2.2.3t.v55.7-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611 1326512
Broadcom Broadcom_bootbank_scsi-bnx2fc_1.78.16.v55.4-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611 1326516
Broadcom Broadcom_bootbank_scsi-bnx2i_2.78.11.v55.4-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611 1326514
Broadcom Broadcom_bootbank_net-bnx2x_1.78.28.v55.2-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611 1326880
Broadcom Broadcom_bootbank_net-cnic_1.78.12.v55.6-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611 1326510
Broadcom Broadcom_bootbank_misc-cnic-register_1.78.1.v55.7-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611 1326515
Broadcom Broadcom_bootbank_net-tg3_3.133d.v55.1-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611 1300361
Cisco Cisco_bootbank_net-enic_2.1.2.38-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611 1349680
Cisco cisco_bootbank_scsi-fnic_1.5.0.45-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611 1349670
Emulex Emulex_bootbank_elxnet_10.0.575.9-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820 1391101
Emulex Emulex_bootbank_lpfc_10.0.575.10-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820 1391126
Fusion-io Fusion-io_bootbank_scsi-iomemory-vsl_3.2.6.1219-1OEM.550.0.0.1198610 1377365
HP Hewlett-Packard_bootbank_scsi-hpsa_5.5.0.50-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611 1287942
Hitachi Hitachi_bootbank_scsi-hfcldd_4.40.16.1172-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611 1252887
Intel Intel_bootbank_net-igb_5.0.5.1-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611 1290233
Intel Intel_bootbank_net-ixgbe_3.15.1.8-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611 1240857
LSI Corporation  VMware_bootbank_scsi-megaraid-sas_6.600.60.00.1vmw-1vmw.550.0.0.1198610 1330596
LSI Corporation  LSI_bootbank_scsi-mpt2sas_17. 1363013
LSI Corporation  LSI_bootbank_scsi-mpt3sas_03. 1339885
QLogic VMware_bootbank_net-nx-nic_5.5.634-3vmw.550.0.0.1198611 1249240
QLogic QLogic_bootbank_ima-qla4xxx_500.2.01.31-1vmw.0.3.040121, QLogic_bootbank_scsi-qla4xxx_634.55.20.0-1OEM.550.0.0.1198610 1242276
QLogic QLogic_bootbank_net-qlcnic_5.5.164-1OEM.550.0.0.1198611 1245384
QLogic VMware_bootbank_net-qlge_3.0.0.57-1vmw.550.0.0.1198611 1263772
QLogic QLogic_bootbank_qlnativefc_1.1.14.0-1OEM.550.0.0.1198610 1377848
Virident Systems, Inc. Virident_bootbank_sas-vgc_3.2.5.62153.C7A-1OEM.550.0.0.1198610 1351887

Compatibility and Installation

ESXi, vCenter Server, and vSphere Client Version Compatibility

The VMware Product Interoperability Matrix provides details about the compatibility of current and previous versions of VMware vSphere components, including ESXi, VMware vCenter Server, the vSphere Client, and optional VMware products. In addition, check this site for information about supported management and backup agents before installing ESXi or vCenter Server.

The vSphere Web Client and the vSphere Client are packaged with the vCenter Server and modules ZIP file. You can install one or both clients from the VMware vCenter™ Installer wizard.

Installation Notes for This Release

Important: The ESXi 5.5.0 Driver Rollup 1 is designed for fresh installations of ESXi hosts. VMware does not support using the ESXi 5.5.0 Driver Rollup 1 to upgrade an existing ESXi installation.

Read the vSphere Installation and Setup documentation for step-by-step guidance on installing and configuring ESXi and vCenter Server.

After successful installation, you must perform some licensing, networking, and security configuration. For information about these configuration tasks, see the following guides in the vSphere documentation.

Known Issues

The following known issues apply specifically to this release of the ESXi 5.5.0 Driver Rollup 1. For a complete list of known issues in the vSphere 5.5 release, see the vSphere 5.5 release notes at https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-pubs.html.

  • For an ESXi server installed with ESXi 5.5.0 Driver Rollup 1, using the command #esxcli software vib install to update to a newer ESXi release or patch can result in known issues such as failing with an unresponsive purple screen.
    Instead, use the command #esxcli software vib update to update to a newer ESXi release or patch.
  • If the installer in the ESXi 5.5.0 Driver Rollup 1 finds an existing ESXi installation, the installer displays an option to upgrade the existing installation
    Do not select the option to upgrade an existing installation. The ESXi 5.5.0 Driver Rollup 1 is designed for fresh installations of ESXi hosts. VMware does not support using the ESXi 5.5.0 Driver Rollup 1 to upgrade an existing ESXi installation. If you use the ESXi 5.5.0 Driver Rollup 1 to perform a fresh installation on a system with an existing installation, the ESXi 5.5.0 Driver Rollup 1 installation will overwrite the existing installation. To preserve your existing installation, consider an alternate method to install the drivers.

Open Source Components for VMware vSphere

The copyright statements and licenses applicable to the open source software components distributed in vSphere 5.5 are available at http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsphere/5_5, on the Open Source tab. You can also download the source files for any GPL, LGPL, or other similar licenses that require the source code or modifications to source code to be made available for the most recent generally available release of vSphere.