How to – Install VMware ESXi 5.5 Driver for Broadcom NetXtreme II Network/iSCSI/FCoE using Update Manager

If you have to install the Broadcom NetXtreme II Network/iSCSI/FCoE drivers on your ESXi Host you can do this via command line or – the easy way – using Update Manager.

Step 1 – Download the Driver Set and add them to your Patch Repository

  • Download the Driver Set (VMware Download Site)
  • extract the .zip file
  • open your vCenter/Update Manager
  • open the “Patch Repository” tab
  • select “Import Patches”
  • browse to the file


After some seconds the content will be displayed – click “Finish”

Now you can see, that the following drivers are included to your patch repository as a Host Extension:

bnx2-2.2.4f.v553                  -> Broadcom NetXtreme II Gigabit Ethernet Driver
bnx2fc-1.7876.v55.1             -> Broadcom 10G FCoE Offload Driver
bnx2i-2.78.76.v55.1              -> Broadcom NetXtreme II iSCSI HBA Driver
bnx2x-1.78.80.v55.3            -> Broadcom NetXtreme II 10G/20G Ethernet Driver
cnic-1.78.76.v55.7                -> Broadcom NetXtreme II CNIC Ethernet Driver
cnic_register-1.78.75.v55.1 -> Broadcom NetXtreme II CNIC Registration Agent

Step 2 – Create a new Baseline for the Driver Set

Now we have to create a new Baseline that includes the new added driver set. You can also include only one or more dedicated drivers to this baseline if you want:

  • switch to the “Baselines and Groups” tab in your Update Manager
  • click “Create…”

Provide a Name for the Baseline and select “Host Extension” as Baseline Type:


In the next window select your drivers and add them to the field below. Then click “Next” and “Finish”

You have now successfully created a new baseline. Before you can use this baseleine for a dedicated host or cluster we have to attach it.

Step 3 – Attach the baseline

  • select a host or a cluster and change to the “Update Manager” Tab
  • select “Attach…” and activate the baseline you have created before
  • click “Attach”

The baseline is now ready to use for the selected host(s)/Cluster – right click the object and select “Remediate”

Select “Extension Baselines” and mark the baseline you have created before. Finish the wizzard – and your baseline will be executed at the host!



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