ESXi 5.0

ESXi 5.0 – The free one

Posted by robd on June 14, 2012
ESXi 5.0, vmware / 6 Comments

So I tried to install ESXi 5.0 (the free edition) on a Dell OptiPlex 790 yesterday when I ran into a few issues with the Integrated IntelĀ® 82579LM Ethernet LAN 10/100/1000 network card!!

Basically I kept getting this message:

So after some annoyance I found out I could inject the drivers for the network card into a ISO and obviously from there create a CD and install ESXi!!

So here how I did it:

  1. Download ESXi-Customizer (by Andreas Peetz) from here: http://v-front.blogspot.co.uk/p/esxi-customizer.html
  2. Download the drivers that have been adjusted for ESXi from here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/27246203/E1001E.tgz
  3. Start ESXi-Customizer, browse to the ESXi ISO, browse to the above drivers, browse to where you want the new ISO going! Click RUN!
  4. Bun the ISO and jam it in your 790!!

Job Done!

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