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2014-06-18

Updating ESXi NIC Drivers (async)

First Find out what your existing hardware is: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1027206

The important values being the ones gathered from the following command
# vmkchdev -l |grep vmnic0

002:01.0 8086:100f 15ad:0750 vmkernel vmnic0

    VID = 8086
    DID = 100f
    SVID = 15ad
    SDID = 0750

You can search these values under the Virtual Compatibility Guide By just providing the numbers specified.



From here you can grab the driver version associated with your version of ESXi: http://partnerweb.vmware.com/comp_guide2/detail.php?deviceCategory=io&productid=36026&vcl=true

Then check to make sure your build matches the associated version of the driver you want: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1014508

You can then install them in:
ESXi 5.x: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2005205#offlinewithzip
ESXi 4.x: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1032936

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