HP, DELL and CISCO custom ESXi images

By | July 26, 2016

I see many questions on the VMTN regarding the use of custom ESXi ISO images released by the major server vendors.

In short, always use the ESXi image supplied by the vendor. They contain supported drivers and management VIBs (Such as ILO management for HP) which VMware do not provide in the base image.

The images are great for importing into Update Manager (VUM) to upgrade existing installations of ESXi.

Always read the release notes from the vendor to ensure compatibility and suitability.


Latest vendor  images can be found here

HP http://www8.hp.com/us/en/products/servers/solutions.html?compURI=1499005#tab=TAB4

DELL http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/Drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=RXCGV

CISCO https://software.cisco.com/download/release.html?mdfid=286290156&softwareid=286304568&release=6.0.U2


Or to access ISO images from all vendors via VMware: https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/info/slug/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsphere/6_0#custom_iso


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