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Dell Optiplex 990 with VMWare ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5.0

The onboard Intel 82579LM nic cannot be detected by vmware esxi4.1 and 5.0 out of the box.

For ESXi 4.1,

download the custom oem.tgz here with the e1001e driver and replace/merge the one in the /bootbank

For ESXi 5.0,

1st option :

Please try the following:
1. Install your machine(s) with the vanilla ESXi 5.0 ISO.
2. Log on to the console (or via ssh) of one of the machines and install the vib file by using the following commands:
esxcli software acceptance set –level=CommunitySupported
esxcli software vib install -v http://files.v-front.de/net-e1001e-1.0.0.x86_64.vib
3. reboot, configure all NICs, and try to enable FDM then

2nd option :

Get the driver E1001E.tgz and create a custom esxi 5.0 install iso using the tools at http://esxi-customizer.v-front.de/

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