VMware Custom Installation Source

Windows

Using Rufus on Windows is preferred, as it modifies the ISO appropriately and compliments the VMware image customization tools you may already be using. 

Components:

Dell OpiPlex 3040
NIC Realtek 8111HSD

Issue: Cannot install because no NIC support blocks installer

Solution: Create custom install image with NIC support (1)

Requirements:

  Workstation to create image on, Windows 10

  Download vSphere Offline Installation Pack
  https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/details?downloadGroup=ESXI67U1&productId=742&rPId=27401

  Download the RealTek Drivers 
  http://vibsdepot.v-front.de/depot/bundles/net55-r8168-8.045a-napi-offline_bundle.zip

Procedure

  Install VMware powercli

    (Launch an admin powershelgl)
    Install-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI
    Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned

  List the Repos in the Download 

    Add-EsxSoftwareDepot 'C:\Users\Default User.DESKTOP-16T0QUA\Downloads\net55-r8168-8.045a-napi-offline_bundle.zip', 'C:\Users\Default User.DESKTOP-16T0QUA\Downloads\update-from-esxi6.7-6.7_update01.zip'


    Get-EsxImageProfile

    Name                           Vendor          Last Modified   Acceptance Level
    ----                           ------          -------------   ----------------
    ESXi-6.7.0-20181002001-no-t... VMware, Inc.    10/8/2018 10... PartnerSupported
    ESXi-6.7.0-20181002001-stan... VMware, Inc.    10/8/2018 10... PartnerSupported
    ESXi-6.7.0-20181001001s-sta... VMware, Inc.    10/8/2018 10... PartnerSupported
    ESXi-6.7.0-20181001001s-no-... VMware, Inc.    10/8/2018 10... PartnerSupported

  Clone the Repo and set it to active

    New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile ESXi-6.7.0-20181002001-standard -name ESXi-6.7.0-20181002001-standard-RT811 -Vendor local

    Set-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile ESXi-6.7.0-20181002001-standard-RT811 -AcceptanceLevel CommunitySupported


  Add the driver

    Get-EsxSoftwarePackage | Where {$_.Vendor -eq "Realtek"}

    Name                     Version                        Vendor     Creation Date
    ----                     -------                        ------     -------------
    net55-r8168              8.045a-napi                    Realtek    4/16/2018 9:2...

    Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile ESXi-6.7.0-20181002001-standard-RT811 -SoftwarePackage net55-r8168

    Export-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile ESXi-6.7.0-20181002001-standard-RT811 -ExportToIso -filepath 'C:\Users\Default User.DESKTOP-16T0QUA\Downloads\VMware-ESXi-6.7.0-8169922-RTL8111.iso'







References

1. https://www.sysadminstories.com/2018/08/adding-realtek-8111-driver-to-vsphere.html
2. https://vibsdepot.v-front.de/wiki/index.php/Net55-r8168
3. https://www.powershellgallery.com/packages/VMware.PowerCLI/11.0.0.10380590
4. https://www.dell.com/support/manuals/us/en/04/optiplex-3040m-desktop/opti3040m_om/specifications?guid=guid-a33190d8-64df-4b91-a7f1-def96c724916&lang=en-us


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