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VMware: Install Broadcom 5720 network adapter

Today I installed a new Dell PowerEdgde R620 host with vSphere 5.0 update 1. The Intel Ethernet I350 adapter was recognized and installed correct but the Broadcom 5720 wasn’t. I downloaded the latest Broadcom driver CD from VMware and uploaded the extracted content to my local datastore.
To install the drivers I used the following command:

esxcli software vib install -v /vmfs/volumes/pathtodatastore/NIC/net-tg3-3.120h.v50.2-1OEM.500.0.0.472560.x86_64.vib

^ full path to the file must be specified

After reboot the Broadcom adapter was installed successfully:


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  1. March 20th, 2013  (Quote) at 16:38  (Quote) | #1


    If you do much work with Dell servers have a look at their custom ESXi image that contains all the needed drivers from Broadcom, Intel, etc for Dell PowerEdge servers. I use it quite often and saves a good bit of time.

    Link ->


  2. Troubleshooter
    March 26th, 2013  (Quote) at 09:49  (Quote) | #2

    Good one, damn Broadcom adapters

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