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ESX 4.1 bnx2x 1.62.15.v41.2 driver IS now supported with HP Flex-10

April 13th, 2011

I’ve had confirmation from HP that the ESX 4.1 bnx2x 1.62.15.v41.2 driver is now officially supported with Flex-10. Although the supported driver is listed as 1.62.15.v41, the .2 at the end of the driver available for download was to facilitate a small change but has been fully tested and certified.

My previous post was after confirmation from HP on 31st March saying this driver was not supported but a new version of the HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 NICs Solution Recipe which is dated 23 March and says released on the 27th March wasn’t available when I checked with HP or looked on their site (although HP’s site isn’t the easiest to find anything on!).

I’ve had confirmation that this driver supports DCC/SmartLink and also contains the heap memory increase.

If you are upgrading from the 1.60.50.v41.2 driver you will not need to remove the previous heap workaround step.

Unfortunately, VMWare’s Compatibility Guides have not been updated to reflect the latest version, they still say the 1.60.50.v4.1.2 driver is the supported version for HP Virtual Connect, so hopefully HP and VMware will address this soon.

This is a great step as the 1.62 driver versions for both ESX 4.1 and ESX 4.0 are now both available for deployment from Update Manager. I really hope this is the end of chasing blade Nic driver versions to work with Flex-10.

As usual, my Flex-10 ESX pre-requisites post has been updated.

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  1. Bill McDonald
    April 19th, 2011 at 16:05 | #1

    We recently pushed that driver to our 3 host ESXi 4.1 farm, and it works great. Link status is now reported correctly.

  2. Hamish
    July 5th, 2011 at 11:16 | #2

    Thanks for taking the time to document all your findings with FLEX-10 compatibility issues. It has helped me a great deal. I was wondering how can I deploy the 1.62 drivers via update manager? I have checked all options available and can’t see where the drivers are or how to load them from the downloadable ISO into update manager. Thanks.

  3. WoodITWork
    July 8th, 2011 at 11:56 | #3

    Hamish, you need to download the offline bundle from the VMware Site. If you have downloaded a .ISO file then mount it somewhere and copy off the correct offline bundle which is in .ZIP format and then you import them directly into Update Manager.

    I’ll write a blog post on this when I have a chance but it is a fairly easily procedure.

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