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 ProLiant servers require the use of the HPE Customised image for a successful installation. The drivers for the new network and storage controllers in the servers are integrated in the HPE Customised 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 Customised image, refer to the Server Support Matrix.

Options for Using HPE Customisations for VMware ESXi

A.            Download the completely customised HPE ESXi image.

B.            Download the HPE ESXi Offline Bundles and third-party driver bundles included in the HPE Customised 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 Customised image.

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

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 Customised 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 Customised image available from HPE vibsdepot.

D. Synergy Software

 

E. Superdome Software

 

HPE VMware Licensing

Licence Activation Instructions

Software Downloads

Software Delivery Repository – vibsdepot

Support & Certification Matrix

VMware from HPE ProLiant Server Support Matrix