How to setup Intel 10 Gigabit 82598 / 82598EB and 82599 Ethernet Adapter Controllers on Servers For VMWare ESXi and ESX Platforms

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The ESXi platform does support the Intel 10 Gigabit adapter. I found drivers in an ISO on the VMWare site:

VMware ESX/ESXi 4.0 Driver CD for Intel 82598 and 82599 10 Gigabit Ethernet Controllers


Driver CD for VMware ESX/ESXi 4.0

Driver version: 2.0.44.14.4 | 2009-12-17 | Build: 215251
Filename: vmware-esx-drivers-net-ixgbe_400.2.0.44.14.4-1.0.4.164009.215251.iso
Md5sum: cb86c8f01cbf5969d0ac259c5348aed3
Sha1sum: b8376e52a833656b18e0a7bc9ccd51569188527b

I already have SSH access to the baremetal on the ESXi server: I downloaded the ISO and with 7zip could navigate and so I extracted the offline-bundle and INT-intel-lad-ddk-ixgbe-400.2.0.44.14.4-1.0.4.164009-offline_bun.zip was what I needed! Putting that on a web server on my network was super easy.

The command is from the SSH or TECHNICAL support console.

# esxupdate --bundle=http://web.server/INT-intel-lad-ddk-ixgbe-400.2.0.44.14.4-1.0.4.164009-offline_bun.zip update

Note the trailing update command!

# esxupdate --bundle=http://10.83.240.157/pdf/INT-intel-lad- ddk-ixgbe-400.2.0.44.14.4-1.0.4.164009-offline_bun.zip update
INT-intel-lad-ddk-ixgbe-400.2.. ######################################## [100%]

Removing packages :vmware-esx.. ######################################## [100%]

Installing packages :cross_vm.. ######################################## [100%]

Running [/usr/sbin/vmkmod-install.sh]...
ok.
The update completed successfully, but the system needs to be rebooted for the
changes to be effective.

Here's a good buy on one:


~ # lspci -v
01:00.00 Ethernet controller Network controller: Intel Corporation 82598EB 10 Gigabit AT2 Server Adapter [vmnic1]
Class 0200: 8086:150b

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