VM Ware Server 5.1 Windows 2008 r2 64 bit

I have an HP ProLiant DL 370 server G6 which was used as a  VM Ware server for a host of applications. The application are no longer needed so I removed the old virtual servers and loaded a new version of Win Server 2008 r2
I noticed a driver in Device Manager of the new server I loaded has a yellow question mark that says Base System Device
When I check the ID it states its a PCI card. I assume I download this driver network from HP? Do I use the software for VM or for Windows Server 2008r2?

Also does anyone have a trick to get external hard drives that have usb connection connected to a VM server?
I edited and added a USB connection in VM - I shutdown the PC - I connected the USB drive and turned it in- and rebooted the Server
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Senior IT System EngineerSenior Systems EngineerCommented:

Does the Windows Server 2008 R2 is now running as stand alone operating system on top of the physical box of HP DL 370 G6 ?

if that's a yes, then you need to download HP SPP  Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) Version 2015.10.0


Once you ahve downloaded the .ISO file, you can mount it or run it from any drive (burn to DVD or USB drive), to run the HP Smart Update Manager, from there it will automatically detects & install required driver & firmware updates.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
So do you still use VMware vSphere (ESXi) as the Host Operating Systems ?

see my EE Article

HOW TO: Add and Connect a USB Device to a Virtual Machine, hosted on VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESX 4.1 ESXi 4.1, ESXi 5.0
syarmushAuthor Commented:
I was told to fix the above error I need to re-install VM Ware tools 5.1. My server is ESXI 5.10 799733

The Server is Windows 2008 R2  I know this was a free version of Vm
Hardware ID shows up as PCI\VEN_15AD&DEV_0740&SUBSYS_074015AD&REV_10

Any idea where I can find the tools so I can reinstall.

I Have been searching for over an hour and no luck
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You really should update your ESXi host, the version you are running is the original General Release from   11 September 2012, the latest version is 1st October 2015 - Build 3070626.

Running a later version of VMware Tools on an old host is not supported.

your version is 3 years old.

VMware Tools are hosted here


Update the host ESXi software, and this will also update VMware Tools, and then you can update your VM.
syarmushAuthor Commented:
What is the difference between the tools for esx and esxi?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
ESX no longer exists!

You have ESXi, but they never renamed the legacy folder.

You are well advised to update your HOST Software, not just VMware Tools!
syarmushAuthor Commented:
I Am aware of the update but I have to do as I am told by my supervisior
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, I can appreciate your dilemma - Milgram's 37

" have to do as I am told by my supervisior"

However, we would advise you to advise your supervisor of the following facts:-

1. Updating VMware Tools in a VM should be conducted by updating your hypervisor build.

2. Using a new version of VMware Tools in a VM, on an older version of the hypervisor is NOT supported.

You are suppose to update the Host OS software, and then you'll have no issues with the Guests.

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syarmushAuthor Commented:
thanks for the information
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
no problems good luck
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