Installing VMWare ESXi 5.1.0 On Dell Hardware


While installing ESXi 5.1.0 (making use of VMware native Image), you might observe ‘No network adapters were detected’ error message.

The reason for this is because the VMware native ESXi 5.1.0 image does not contain the required version(s) of network drivers for Network Daughter Cards (NDC) or Network adapters used in Dell 12G Servers.

You need to make use of the Dell Customized ESXi 5.1.0 Image posted at, which contains the required network drivers for all NDC’s and Network adapters used in Dell 12G Servers.

NOTE: Follow the steps listed in Downloading Dell Customized ESXi image for downloading Dell Customized Installer Image

Upgrading VMWare ESXi 5.0.0 to ESXi 5.1.0

Upgrade using ISO Disk Image

  • Select ESXi5.1.0-799733-Standard Installer

  • Select the Storage device on which the installation has to be upgraded

  • Select Upgrade ESXi, Preserve VMFS datastore

  • Press F11 to proceed with the upgrade

  • Enter to reboot after the upgrade has been completed. Please make sure to remove the installation DVD/CD and BIOS has been altered to change the boot order adjust it accordingly

Ta Da!!! you are now running VMWare ESXi 5.1.0 on your host


VMWare 5.1.0 Important Considerations for Upgrading: