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HP images of ESX and ESXi for ProLiant BL380 G8, BL460c G7, BL465c G7, BL680c G7, and BL685c G7 server blades (1035114)
To install ESXi with these blades, and to do a scripted installation with ESX, you must use HP images, not the images available on the VMware site, because the standard VMware image does not have the required NIC drivers.
There currently is no way to add these drivers during an ESXi or scripted ESX installation.
If you attempt to install ESXi with these blades or do a scripted installation of ESX using the incorrect images, you experience these symptoms:
- Installation fails after you accept the EULA
- You see the error:
unable to load module /usr/lib/vmware/vmkmod/vmfs3: failure
- In the
/var/log/messagesfile, you see the error:
Failed trying to get a valid VMKernel MAC address: Failure. Various vmkernel subsystems will provide lower quality of service
- Non-scripted installation
For a non-scripted install of ESX, download the ESX 4.x ISO image from VMware Download Center and the network card drivers listed above. The VMware install process provides you with the opportunity to insert the missing network adapter drivers.
- Scripted installation
For a scripted (PXE or RDP based) install of ESX, the VMware install process does not have a mechanism for adding missing drivers. To perform a scripted install of ESX 4.x and its updates, you must download this custom image provided by HP.
ESXi 4.x, 5.0, 5.1HP publishes a custom image for ESXi that includes:
- HP management components – CIM providers
- NIC drivers that are required for HP servers that are not in the base image
To install ESXi 4.x, 5.0, or 5.1 and their respective updates, you must download a custom image provided by HP. For more information, see the Customize VMware ESXi Images for HP ProLiant Servers page on the HP site.
VMware now provides the
vibddiimage customization tool. For more information, see:
- Adding third-party device drivers to ESXi 4.1 (2003316)
- Determining a storage device to which to copy a 4.1 ESXi dd image (2005727)
vibddiimage customization tool, see the VIBDDI Image Customization Tool download page.
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