Friday, September 23, 2011

ESXi5 Myricom 10g driver install

We are upgrading ESXi 4.1 hosts to ESXi 5 - some of which have Myricom 10g network cards installed.
Once the host is upgraded to ESXi 5 we need to install the new driver:
1) scp net-myri10ge-1.5.3-1OEM.500.0.0.406165.x86_64.vib root@esxi5-02:/var/log/vmware
2) ssh esxi5-02 as root
3) /var/log/vmware # esxcli software vib install -d
Installation Result
Message: The update completed successfully, but the system needs to be rebooted for the changes to be effective.
Reboot Required: true
VIBs Installed: Myricom_bootbank_net-myri10ge_1.5.3-1OEM.500.0.0.406165
VIBs Removed:
VIBs Skipped:
4) reboot and verify the card is discovered (vCenter Config->Network->Network Adapters->Add)

There is also a new method to import these as "patch extensions" into vCenter, then attach them like baselines to hosts. My first pass at this went well, except the remediation step reported the patch was not applicable and it was skipped!


cjm said...

Thank you very much for the command. Do you have any idea why the patch must be in /var/log/vmware for this to work?

Also, you are totally correct about this patch being marked as already installed by the VUM even though it is not.

vExpert2011 said...

It should not matter /var/tmp would work just as well