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