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KBA10020: Installing the Dell Offline Bundle on ESX/ESXi Servers

Knowledge Base Article #: 10020
Applicable Versions: N-central 8.x, 9.x
Date Created/Updated: August 17, 2011


  1. From the Dell Support site (http://support.dell.com), select your Dell server.
  2. Select ESXi 4.1 (or the version of ESXi that you are running) as the operating system.
  3. Under Systems Management, download the OpenManage Offline Bundle and VIB for ESXi.
  4. Put the ESXi host into Maintenance Mode.
  5. Open the vSphere CLI and install the OpenManage Offline Bundle by typing the following commands:
    1. cd "Program Files\VMware\VMware vSphere CLI\bin"
    2. vihostupdate.pl --server --install --bundle C:\users\creid\Downloads\OM-SrvAdmin-Dell-Web-6.5.0-2247.VIB-ESX41i_A01.zip
    3. Type your ESXi username and password when prompted.
  6. Restart the ESXi server.
  7. Exit the Maintenance Mode.
  8. Start up any Guests that need to be running.

For some hardware you may run into a problem where Raid Status (VMware) and Physical Drive (VMware) are showing "No Asset Data Available" when you apply the service template. If this occurs, a more recent set of VIBs will normally be required due to differences in the hardware. These can typically be found at http://www.avagotech.com/support/download-search.

  • For Product Family select "RAID Controller Cards";
  • For Product select any MegaRAID SAS (they use the same driver set so the specific type doesn't matter);
  • For Asset Type select Drivers
  • On the driver page find the MR VMware driver and click the name of the VMware driver to download a text file that has the download links.

Alternatively, you can search the VMware site for the VIBs: https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php