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 ESXi 4U1 OEM.TGZ with Wireless PCI Card 
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Hello, Has any one attempted to customize ESXi 4 U1 install iso to recognize the PCI Wireless card in the custom OEM.TGZ?

I have a D-link extreme DWA-556 wireless card that I plan to use.

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Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:05 am
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I don't think anyone has developed driver for the DWA-556 (or any wireless NIC). Once you have ESXi installed and if you have a bit of experience with compiling Linux drivers then there are some guides that may help.

One other option is that you could possibly pass the wireless card into a VM with VMdirectpath. The VM could run some sort of firewall / router guest to pass traffic to other VMs on the host.

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Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:40 am
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Dave, I am expecting this ESXi machine to operate fully off of a Wireless card. Is that a wrong expectation?

Per theroy, if a linux os can use NIC, then I am hoping it should detect Wirelss NIC as well right? Also, I am expecting the driver for the linux to be available from Manufacturer. Then where do you think I may need compile the driver? Could you please explain.

My thought line is to package that drive in the oem.tzc just like others are talking about packaging NIC drivers.

Please suggest.


Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:02 pm
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The VMkernel that is the heart of the hypervisor for both ESXi and ESX isn't Linux. ESX uses a special Linux virtual machine for management, but the core still isn't Linux. Both have a Linux driver "compatability" mode, but you have to compile the drivers specifically to run with the VMkernel so you can't add just any driver to the system.

You would have to compile a driver, test it and then bundle it into oem.tgz for the install.

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Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:16 pm
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Thanks Dave, hope I get to that milestone sometime sooner.

Do you recommend any IDE for shell scripting, driver testing?


Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:30 pm
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I would start here - http://www.kernelcrash.com/blog/using-a ... 009/08/22/ - for the proces to update a driver.

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