VmWare ESXi 5.1 driver issue with Dell servers .

VmWare ESXi 5.1 driver issue with Dell servers .


Today i had to setup VmWare ESXi on a new server ( Dell PowerEdge R320 ) .
Firstly, I downloaded latest exsi 5.1 and tried to install. But it was throwing network driver errors.

After some googling, I found a “Repaired vmware exsi 5.1 iso ” from Dell support .

If you are facing the same issue then please download the dell .iso from the following location

 Download from here :


Sometimes you may face issues to download from this location , then you may try ” wget” in linux .

wget http://downloads-us.dell.com/FOLDER00876460M/1/VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.1.0-799733.x86_64-Dell_Customized_RecoveryCD_A00.iso

Thats it !!  Enjoy new 5.1 ESXi !!!! 


  • ahmet

    boot up with VMware takes 10 minutes on r320 for us . It took only 2 minutes on 2950.
    I called dell and asked why it takes 10 minutes. They told me because h100 control don’t have caching etc reply I got it. How long it takes for you?

  • Johnson Wu

    Just the BIOS stuff takes 3 minutes, then ESXi about 7 minutes.
    NOT happy.

  • Vivek

    Thanks …it was very helpful !!