Intel released Intel Xeon D 10GbE X552/X557 driver version 4.5.3 today for VMware ESXi, testing underway

Posted by Paul Braren on Oct 31 2017 (updated on Nov 6 2017) in
  • ESXi
  • Network
  • Virtualization
  • Supermicro-SuperServer-X10SDV-12C-TLN4F

    I'm in the middle of testing this driver. Keep an eye on the process at this spot in the original article:

    that has been updated many times since it was initially published. Can you believe that was 2 years ago? Despite delayed VMware driver availability after the launch of Xeon D, it sure has been clear ever since that Intel continues to actively develop this 10GbE driver. It’s noteworthy that the Xeon D platform includes motherboard designs with a 7 year design lifespan.

    This same driver is also for the X540 AIC (Add In Card) PCIe card, like the one I picked up on eBay to migrate data quickly off an old, non-Xeon D system I occasionally still use in my home lab.

    My 4.5.3 testing is completely documented, including step-by-step guide to exactly how I located the proper download, unpacked and uploaded the VIB, held there to allow the https get method for very easy installation. The process appears solid, but only time and further testing will determine whether the driver 4.5.3 works fine for my 10GbE home network. Stay tuned!

    As usual, you should take precautions before making any changes to your home lab. But don't worry, I documented pre-upgrade backup options at this spot in my recent Xeon D-friendly article:

    Web view of my Netgear XS708T ProSAFE 8-Port 10-Gigabit Smart Managed Switch

    Finally, I want to highlight that there are several very relevant articles that are likely of interest to you to read, check out the hand-curated list below, in chronological order.

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