Install Driver D-Link DGE-528T on VMware ESXi 5

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Gigabit Lan card D-Link DGE-528T is a gigabit LAN card that is easily found in the market at a quite affordable price. Unfortunately VMware ESXi 5 doesn't recognize it by default. For that we have to install the driver manually. Here are the steps.

  1. Download the driver D-Link DGE-528T for VMware. Extract and upload the VIB file to your VMware ESXi 5 datastore.
  2. Please login to your VMware ESXi 5 via a remote tool of some kind putty.
  3. Next we will change the Image Acceptance level to Community Supported by running the following command:
    esxcli software acceptance set -level = CommunitySupported

    NOTE: You can also change the Image Acceptance level via vSphere Client, by selecting Host ESXi 5 then selecting Configuration Tab -> Security Profile.

  4. Then first check whether your VMware ESXi 5 can recognize the DGE-528T gigabit LAN card, with the command:
    lspci | grep Net
  5. Now, please enter the datastore folder where you uploaded the VIB file in the first step, an example command:
    cd / vmfs / volumes / datastore1
  6. run the following command to install the driver:
    esxcli software vib install -v /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/DLink-528T-1.x86_64.vib

    NOTE: If appears when executing this command, change the system user to root by typing the command su, then try the command above again.

  7. Restart VMware with the command:
    reboot
  8. And the DGE-528T gigabit LAN card is ready to use on your VMware ESXi 5.

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