Installing ESXi 5.0 on a HP Proliant DL380p Gen8 – and failing?

If you land here at this post my guess is, that you are confused, cause what used to business as usual ended up with an error saying no network available. Well a fix could be here.

My guess is that you have installed using the ESXi ISO provided by vmware, this is the first fail, you have to use the image provided by HP or build your own. (at least at the time of this writing)

So using VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.0.0.update01-623860.x86_64, won’t work, you have to use the on downloaded from

can be found here

But then you’ll end up with an old build and once you patch your installation, end will end up without network again, the solution to this is to download the tg3 driver from here

extract the files from and upload the file called to your Datastore, then using vsphere cli install the tg3 driver using this syntax below

Now install your updates as normal but dont reboot as instructed by the installer, just go on and install the tg3-driver and then once done reboot

esxcli -s 192.168.x.x -u root -p <password> software vib install -d “/vmfs/volumes/<NAME OF DATASTORE>/”

esxcli -s 192.168.x.x -u root -p <password> software vib install -d “/vmfs/volumes/<NAME OF DATASTORE>/ ”

Now reboot

If the solution above goes wrong in somehow, the reboot the server and press SHIFT+R when it says LOADING VMWARE HYPERVISOR, this will rollback to prior to the last install and enable you to try again, without reinstalling.



Extra links and INFO:

Here your can see a little howto – for making your own custom image  Thanks to Derek for this. – And from the Communites at vmWare – thanks guys

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