You may have heard about Dell Customized VMware ESXi images. For those who doesn’t know what’s really extra in Dell customized images, here you go:
Earlier, Dell’s customization of VMware ESXi image includes adding new or updated VMware IOVP certified drivers relevant for Dell hardware and specific third party CIM providers from IHVs into the VMware ESXi image.But now, we don't add any Dell CIM providers or third party CIM providers to the Dell customized VMware ESXi image. Also Dell pick the latest patches published by VMware for the relevant branches along with the async drivers published in VMware download page.
The Dell customized ESXi images are certified by Dell through VMware’s program for OEM customization. In addition to the drivers and providers, Dell’s technical support information is updated via OEM customization process. Currently, the Dell-customized VMware ESXi Embedded ISO images for ESXi 4.x, ESXi 5.x and ESXi 6.x do not include Dell OpenManage Server Administrator.
NOTE: CIM Providers integration is stopped from upcoming Dell Customized VMware ESXi images.
The main advantage of using the Dell customized image is that it carries the updated drivers as part of the Installation CD. However, customers can further update the driver versions based on the requirement and availability at the VMware website.
I did not see a Dell customized ESXi 5 image either on the support site or on the VMware site. Is there one available?
OK, I've found the vsphere 5 A01 download, however it is listed as the ESXi recovery image, not for upgrades. What are we supposed to use to upgrade from ESX 4.1 ro ESXi 5?
Hello, The ISO image available in Dell support site can be used for upgrade as well. There is a white paper from Dell going to get published related to migration of Dell customized VMware ESXi images. I will share the link once it's available.
Meanwhile you can refer ‘vSphere Upgrade Guide’ document available at www.vmware.com/.../vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-pubs.html. This document covers step by step migration details to VMware ESXi 5.0 from previous versions. Hope that helps!
The Dell white paper can be found @ en.community.dell.com/.../3349.aspx
When is Dell going to release an image for ESXi 5.5?
It's planned around 10/1.
The Dell Customized ESXi 5.5 is available at www.dell.com/.../driverdetails
Thanks to Dell for the new customized ESXi 5.5. Can I ask when there will be an OMSA .vib released for use with ESXi 5.5?
Hello, The supported version of OMSA VIB for ESXi 5.5 will be available by 10/29 (October 29th).
The OMSA VIB supported for ESXi 5.5 is available for download from the below locations.
Are there any plans to release an Offline bundle .zip for the Dell customized version of ESXi 5.5? I can't find it with some cursory web searches, nor on my.vmware.com/.../details
Hello, There are few legal issues in posting Dell customized offline bundle. However it's possible to create your own customized offline bundle and the steps are captured at en.community.dell.com/.../20135932.aspx
Please, when is Dell going to release an image for ESXi 5.5 U1? tks
Hello, Dell customized 5.5 Update1 is planned to be released this month (~4/20 )
Thanks for your reply. Has a chance that this be released this week ?