Which HP's firmware should I install to HP DL380p G8 server

Hi

I have DL380p G8 (P/N: 671164-425) and HP Custom Image for ESXi 5.1.0 GA allready installed from:
https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=HP-ESXI-5.1.0-GA-10SEP2012&productId=285


This is the HP's driver page for (P/N: 671164-425):
http://h20566.www2.hp.com/portal/site/hpsc/public/psi/swdHome/?sp4ts.oid=5204408&lang=en&lang=en&cc=us&cc=us&ac.admitted=1347895561016.876444892.199480143

Should I install drivers/firmware from "VMware ESX 5.0i" or "VMware vSphere 5.1" section?

Sorry for the stubid question but I'm not sure. Ultimately there will be a SBS 2011 installed to the VMware host.
RimFire007Asked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You have already installed the latest version of ESXi 5.1 from VMware. If you have used the HP version of ESXi 5.1, there is no need to update drivers, they are included in the OS (ESXi 5.1).

Server Firmware, use the Smartstart DVD Firmware.

Upgrade your G8 using the Firmware DVD, the firmware DVD is the same for ALL OS!
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MPJHornerCommented:
Are you using the free version of VMWARE?

if so use the ESX 5.0i ones.

If your paying for it use vSphere 5.1
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netballiCommented:
You should install the VMware Image and driver if you wish to use it as ESXi 5 Host.
as this would have been tested for all compatibly with VMware
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
this is the firmware DVD, which you may want to boot your server from, and Update Firmwares on the Server.

There is no requirement for you to add, anything or install any drivers for your ESXi 5.1 OS that you have already installed.
Firmware DVD here
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RimFire007Author Commented:
Thanks

I'm note sure if I would pay for ESX. Just waiting for prices to Esentials version.

Yes. I'd allready  installed ESXi 5.1. Hopefully I can leave it there no matter would I by Essentials or not. Can I leave ESXi 5.1?

I'd found 10.10 Smart Update Firmware DVD. The server won't boot from it (The boot ends to Linux commandline interface) but if I lounch Smart Provisionning (F10) there is a opportunity to lounch Smart Update (I'' guess it fetches firmware from web).

Anyway's via Smart Provisioning I have managed to upgrade almost everything reasonible. I'm not sure should i try to update Linux Broadcom (NIC) drivers. Should I update Linux NIC  drivers?
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RimFire007Author Commented:
I'll need to drive to home now. Will come back after awhile.

Rgs, Juha
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No need to update any drivers.

VMware vSphere Essentials (ESXi 5.1) is just a license key you add to the server!

(ESX is no more, it's old!, there is no ESX after 5.x!)

You have the correct ESXi 5.1 software/hypervisor for your server.
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andyalderCommented:
>(I'' guess it fetches firmware from web)

Yeah, it's a pain in the butt. Only firmware I've found that can be loaded locally is the system ROM (because if that's bad it can't get to the web).
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RimFire007Author Commented:
Thanks

I'll have the BIOS updated. I think that I can now focus on installing the SBS (migrating from the old server).

Juha
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RimFire007Author Commented:
Thank you all

Just to be sure. I'd purchace "official" VMware vSphere 4 Essentials Bundle (which includes serial number for vSphere 5.x. Will get lisence numbers tomorrow.

I'd istalled ESXi 5.1 from here:
https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=HP-ESXI-5.1.0-GA-10SEP2012&productId=285

Was it the right version?

Rgs, Juha
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, that is the correct version of ESXi 5.1 to install.
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RimFire007Author Commented:
Thanks<br /><br />Great "all included" answers to carry on with server ESXi installation.
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