Note - The information in this section does not apply to VMware ESXi 5.1 Update 1 or ESXi 5.5 installations. The driver for the server on-board network adapters is included with the VMware ESXi 5.1 Update 1 and ESXi 5.5 installation images.
Without the required driver, the ESXi 5.0 Update 3 installation programs fail to find a working network connection and terminates with the following informational message.
Therefore, before you can install the ESXi 5.0 Update 3 software, you must do one of the following:
Add the required driver to the ESXi installation ISO image.
For instructions for adding the required driver to the ESXi ISO image, see Adding the Required Driver to the ESXi ISO Installation Image.
Install a network interface card (NIC) in the server that is compatible with the standard download ESXi 5.0 Update 3 ISO image.
For instructions for identifying and installing a compatible NIC card, see Installing a Compatible Network Interconnect Card in the Server.
You use the offline depot ZIP file to add a driver to an ESXi 5.0 Update 3 installation ISO image. For instructions for incorporating the offline depot ZIP file into a customized ESXi installation ISO image, see the vSphere 5 documentation topic “Using vSphere ESXi Image Builder CLI” at: http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-50/topic/com.vmware.vsphere.install.doc_50/GUID-78CC6C2E-E961-4A5E-B07D-0CE7083DE51E.html.
You can download the required driver from My Oracle Support or the VMware downloads web site.
For instructions for downloading the required driver from My Oracle Support, see Installation, Getting Server Firmware and Software Updates.
To download the required driver from the VMware web site, go to: http://downloads.vmware.com/d/details/dt_esxi50_intel_x540_t2ixgbe3_6_5/dCV0YnRod2pidGVkZA==.
You must obtain a NIC that is compatible with the unmodified ESXi installation ISO image and install it into one of the available, external PCIe slots located in the rear of the server—PCIe card slot 1, 2, or 3.
To identify a compatible NIC card, see the VMware Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) at: http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php.
For instructions for installing a NIC card into the server, see the installation documentation included with the NIC card and the servicing procedures for PCIe risers and cards in the Service, Servicing PCIe Cards (CRU).