adding a community supported driver to vmware ESXi

Recently I added a four port 1GbE card to my machine and I bought a RealTek one – mainly because I’m not made of money and I’m not spending hundreds on a network card, not when there’s whiskey to be drunk.

So I needed to add drivers for the RTL8111G chipset to my machine but VMWare doesn’t support this. Thus I had to find and add my own. Turns out there’s a lovely resouce called V-Front Online Depot for VMware ESXi which had exactly what I wanted. What follows is how I added the VIB to my machine.

First we need to allow community supported VIB’s to be loaded

esxcli software acceptance set --level=CommunitySupported

Next we need to make sure we can talk to the internet from our server

esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient

Now we need to download the and install the VIB

esxcli software vib install -n net55-r8168 -d http://vibsdepot.v-front.de

Your value for n will of course different.

That should go away and install what you need then tell you if you need to reboot.

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