ESXi 5.0 – The free one

Posted by robd on June 14, 2012
ESXi 5.0, vmware

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:

  1. Download ESXi-Customizer (by Andreas Peetz) from here:
  2. Download the drivers that have been adjusted for ESXi from here:
  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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6 Comments to ESXi 5.0 – The free one

  • […] I ran into my first gotcha quite early thanks to Dell’s love for bleeding edge NICs.  It’s one of the few things that drives me nuts about Dell hardware, and I facepalmed as soon as ESXi threw up it’s “No network adapters detected” error so off I went to research how – or even if! – I could inject drivers into the ESXi install, and fortunately stumbled on someone who had already done so on the OptiPlex 790:- […]

  • Hi,

    Thank you for your the topic.
    I tried the some procedure list on Dell Optiplex Hardware (790)but i have another problem after the ESX install.

    I get below purple screen

    “Error message: The system has found a problem on your machine and canot continue.

    Could not load multiboot module: Boot Image is corrupted.”

    Any ideas?

    Best regards.

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