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I need to update the firmware for a Broadcom NIC running a tg3 driver. I have the updated driver for the NIV from VMware, but need the firmware for the network card.

What is the bets way of doing this?

Update the whole servers firmware  using this bios system rom firmware or do the NIC manually?

The host is running ESXi 5.1 VSphere
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Question by:monarchit
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
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Download the HP DVD Firmware (latest edition) from HP, insert into the CDROM drive, and reboot the server, it will boot from DVD and update all the firmwares.
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As Andrew stated you could use HP Firmware DVD, in addition to this you can use,

1. ESXCLI command to install the firmware for NIC
2. Using VMware Update Manager.

All these methods require downtime of ESXi host, and I would personally opt for updating using HP firmware DVD, since it updates the firmware for other hardware components on the server, by this the server is updated with latest firmware
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