update Nic drivers on VMware ESXi 5.1

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?
monarchitAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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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monarchitAuthor Commented:
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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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Select Host > Configuration > Network Adapters ?
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monarchitAuthor Commented:
thanks. Should the server go into Maintenance mode?
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monarchitAuthor Commented:
also, am I downloading the driver for the guest operating system or the ESXI Host?
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monarchitAuthor Commented:
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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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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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monarchitAuthor Commented:
ok. Sorry I need to install a storage controller driver, not the network. Thanks
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Same applies, you will need to power off VMs,
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monarchitAuthor Commented:
Great help.thanks
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