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Hi, I need to update my NIOC drivers on VMware ESXi 5.1

Do I update the NIC driver on the windows host or actually on the ESXi Host?

If on the ESXi host, how do I do this?
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You update the NIC drivers on the ESXi host.

The Windows Virutal Machine uses virtual nic drivers, as supplied by VMware Tools.

Download the nics updates...

Use WinSCP to copy the zip/vib driver update to the server. (VMFS datastore)

Login at the console or using SSH

and then type

esxcli software vib install -d /vmfs/volumes/nicdriverupdatefile.zip

If you need help with the above, ask me!
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How do I view what NIC's I have on the server?

Great help so far.

I take it I need to shut down the guests while I do this?
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Select Host > Configuration > Network Adapters ?
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thanks. Should the server go into Maintenance mode?
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also, am I downloading the driver for the guest operating system or the ESXI Host?
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You need to download the drivers for the physical host ESXi server, if you are missing network interfaces in the Host.
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ok, but do I need to go into maintenance mode when updating drivers? I take it I shouldn't up storage controller drivers when VM's are running?
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Yes, you need to go into maintenance mode, and power off ALL VMs.

The driver will just be the network interface driver and will not affect the storage driver.
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ok. Sorry I need to install a storage controller driver, not the network. Thanks
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Same applies, you will need to power off VMs,
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Great help.thanks
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