Why Custom HPE VMware ESXi Image?

Standard VMware ESXi ISO, is the easiest and most reliable way to install ESXi on HPE servers. It includes all of the required drivers and management software to run ESXi on HPE servers, and works seamlessly with Intelligent Provisioning.

Certain HPE servers require the use of the HPE Customized image for a successful installation. The drivers for the new network and storage controllers in the servers are integrated in the HPE Customized image and are not part of the generic ESXi image that is distributed by VMware. ESXi requires drivers for these controllers to be integrated as you are not able to insert them during installation. To determine if your server requires the HPE Customized image, refer to the Server Support Matrix.

Options for Using HPE Customizations for VMware ESXi

A.  Download the completely customized HPE ESXi image.

B.  Download the HPE ESXi Offline Bundles and third-party driver bundles included in the HPE Customized image and apply them to your VMware ESXi downloaded from VMware.

C.  Build your own custom ESXi image, choosing from the HPE ESXi Offline Bundles portfolio and third-party driver bundles included in the HPE Customized image.

These downloads are available for customers according to the terms in the HPE Software License Agreement. Certain software may require a valid warranty, current support contract with HPE, or a license fee.

A. HPE Customized ESXi Image

Please be advised effective Monday May 6th, 2024 the VMware Customer Connect site will be replaced by the Broadcom Support Portal. Due to the existing architecture of the Broadcom Support Portal, there are no direct links possible to any specific Custom Image or Addon and the HPE direct links on this page will no longer be functional. The steps for viewing and downloading the Custom Images and Addons will change since it is a different portal. Broadcom has issued a new knowledge base article with specific steps to find and download Custom Images and Addons.

B. HPE VMware ESXi Offline Bundles

For customers already using VMware ESXi, it is recommended that you update to the latest version on their supported at your earliest convenience.

VMware Update Manager and ESXCLI compliant HPE bundles and third-party drivers included in the HPE Customized image are available from HPE vibsdepot.

C. Build Your Own Custom ESXi Image


  • VMware Image Builder-compliant HPE bundles and third-party drivers included in the HPE Customized image available from HPE vibsdepot.

D. Synergy Software


E. Superdome Software


  • For HPE Integrity Superdome X support, please visit HPE Integrity Superdome X

HPE VMware Licensing

License Activation Instructions

Software Downloads

Software Delivery Repository - vibsdepot

Support & Certification Matrix

VMware from HPE Server Support Matrix