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How to Install LSI Logic MegaRAID 8480 Controller in Existing ESX 3.5 System?

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I am fairly new with VMWare and no nothing really about Linux - please do not shoot me but I am a Windows man and need instructions so simple that even a Windows guru can follow . . .  

I have an existing VMWare server that is hosting 9 guest. I have purchased an IBM (LSI Logic) MegaRAID 8480 RAID controller and need to add it to my existing system. I need to know the steps required in setting up the drivers once I have the card installed in the server please.

Here is my configuration:

IBM x3650 Server with 24GB RAM and 2 Quad-Core Xeon CPUs running VMWare ESX 3.5.

There is an existing RAID on a IBM ServeRAID 8k/8k-l8 controller - 2 spindle sets on this controller.

I'll be adding 1 spindel set to the MegaRAID controller with an IBM DS3000 drive array.

As part of this upgrade I will have to move and existing 4 port NIC from the slot it is in now to another slot. Should I do that first, boot the server and make sure all is working BEFORE I put the new RAID card in? Will I have to reload NIC drivers too or will VMWare figure out that the card is the same but just in another slot?

Any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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