No Network Driver when installing ESX 5.1


I am trying to install a new ESX server and I am running into a situation where I boot from the VMware-VIMSetup_5.1 CD and it attempts to install but kicks me out saying it can't find my network driver.

I am using a Intel NIC I217 Drive. I do not know how to create a driver VIB to include on my CD, could someone give me a link to show my how to create on one these files?

I am trying to use the ESXi-Customizer but I do not know where to get a OEM.tgz file or offline Bundle.

I appreciate the help.

Thanks in advance!!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
your driver is here on the VMware Community Forums

the driver file is called net-e1000e-2.3.2.x86_64.vib

Here is a post from fellow vExpert, which shows how to complete and add the nic driver to ESXi 5.1
Dash AmrSenior Specialist(PM)Commented:
What is the server model that you trying to Install ESX on
You should be starting with 5.1 U2 installer because your card is newer than 5.1.0 and so it has no driver included anywhere.
CervisTECHAuthor Commented:
Thanks this solved my problem. As always, you were right on the money!
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