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VMware ESXi 5.0 Installable Update 1 Hitachi Custom ISO Image | 23 Mar 2012 |
Version 5.0.0 U1 | Build Number 623860 | Hitachi Minor Version 0200
Last updated: 18 June 2012
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This release of the VMware ESXi 5.0 Installable Update 1 Hitachi Custom ISO Image provides an installable ESXi ISO image that includes drivers necessary to install Hitachi Compute Blade 2000, 320 500 and Compute Rack servers.

Third-Party Drivers Included in the VMware ESXi 5.0 Installable Update 1 Hitachi Custom ISO Image

Third Party product Driver Version Build Link to VMware Donwnload Center
VMware ESXi 5.0 Driver for Hitachi hfcldd Fibre Channel Adapter hfcldd 651843 Go to VMware
VMware ESXi 5.0 Driver CD for Emulex OneConnect OCe11102 10GbE Adapter (iSCSI Function) be2iscsi 4.1.334.3 633282 Go to VMware
VMware ESXi 5.0 Driver CD for Emulex OneConnect OCe11102 10GbE and OCe10102 10GbE Adapter (Network Function)OneConnect OCe10102 10GbE Adapter (Network Function) be2net 4.1.334.0 623960 Go to VMware
VMware ESXi 5.0 Driver for Emulex LPe16002-M6 lpfc820 620489 Go to VMware
VMware ESXi 5.0 Driver CD for Broadcom NetXtreme I Gigabit Ethernet Driver tg3 3.120h.v50.2 547149 Go to VMware

Hardware Compatibility

For detailed information about ESXi Server hardware compatibility of Hitachi server products, search the VMware Compatibility Guide with 'Hitachi' as 'Partner Name'.

For the compatibility of current and previous versions of VMware vSphere components, including ESXi, VMware vCenter Server, the vSphere Client, and optional VMware products, please see the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix for details.

Installation Notes for This Release

Important: The VMware ESXi 5.0 Installable Update 1 Hitachi Custom ISO Image is designed for fresh installations of ESXi hosts. For details about how to upgrade or migrate VMware® ESX, ESXi, and vCenter Server to ESXi 5.0 and vCenter Server 5.0, please see vSphere Upgrade for details.

For the procedure how to install ESXi on Hitachi server products using Hitachi Custom ISO Image, please see Installation Guide for VMware for details.

Known Issues

Note on applying patch.

If you install ESXi using Hitachi Custom Image, apply patch with specifying 'esxcli software profile update' command.

Hitachi Custom Image contains several newer versions of inbox drivers, for example, tg3, lpfc820 and be2net to support new devices and an outbox driver such as hfcldd.

Applying the patch with specifying 'software profile install' option forces ESXi to install VIBs present in the depot image profile, and remove any other VIBs install on the target server. Therefore, if you use the devices which inbox drivers do not cover and are also supported only by the outbox driver, the devices will not be identified after reboot.

The 'software profile update' option updates existing VIBS with the corresponding VIBs from the specified profile, but does not affect other VIBs installed on the target server.

If you installed ESXi using the version 01-00 of "Hitachi Custom Image for ESXi 5.0.0 GA Install CD" (File Name: VMware-ESXi-5.0.0-469512-hitachi-0100.iso) downloaded from the VMware Downloaded Center, please apply an ESXi patch using the option, 'software vib install'. The esxcli command fails when specifying 'software profile update' option.

However, if you updated the drivers from inbox to newer version of outbox asynchronous drivers, it may be downgraded by applying patch using this option. In this case, you need to re-install outbox asynchronous drivers every time you applying patch. To avoid this maintenance inconvenience, Hitachi recommends that you re-install ESXi using the Hitachi Custom Image version 01-01, or 02-00 or later when updating ESXi.

For details how to upgrade ESXi, please refer to ESXi and vCenter Server product documentations including "vSphere Upgrade".

Updating the Hardware Status information for an ESXi 5.0 Update 1 host takes a long time

The utility tools which use CIM provider are affected by this problem. Please refer to the Article ID 2016538 on http://kb.vmware.com. for details.

For a complete list of known issues in the vSphere 5.0 release, see the vSphere 5.0 release notes at https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-pubs.html and VMware Knowledge base, http://kb.vmware.com.

Support for Hitachi Custom ISO Image

Support of Hitachi branded products.

If you are customer of Hitachi branded products, please contact your contracted support representative of Hitachi Ltd.

Support of OEM branded products.

Please contact your sales representative where you purchased server products or contracted support representative.

General Inquiry

For general inquiries about Hitachi Custom ISO Image, please e-mail to global site contact.