Updating VMWare ESXi Hosts with extra NICs

Adding a Intel Quad Server NIC to Dell R510 + ESXi

We wanted to implement our new ESXi Host to use for our lesser Servers and started by configuring a  brand new Dell PowerEdge R510 Server. Unfortunately, these don’t come with enough NICs to be an affective Host.  We added additional  NICs via an Intel Quad Server NIC card and began the installation of ESXi 4.1

However…. The error shows up as follows:

Intel Quad Server NIC Card drivers not in VMWare install.

Blast… back to the command-line to add the new drivers.

Update via vSphere client + vSphere CLI

I installed the vSphere CLI tool on my maintenance VM and entered the following command

“C:Program FilesVMwareVMware vSphere CLIbin>vihostupdate.pl –server=192.168.50.128 –install –bundle c:AdminINT-intel-lad-ddk-igb-1.3.19.12.1-offline_bundle-185976.zip”

i was then prompted for user credentials

Enter username: root
Enter password:

followed by

Please wait patch installation is in progress …
The update completed successfully, but the system needs to be rebooted for the changes to be effective.

After the reboot was done, we were fine. Seems that particular Intel Quad Server NIC doesn’t have inbuilt drivers in the ESXi image.

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