Installing with VMware ESXi 5.x

Note: You will need a writable CD to complete this task. You must have administrator privileges to create the driver disk and install the driver image.

To install the Adaptec RAID controller driver with VMware ESXi 5.x, you must create a custom boot image using the VMware Image Builder tool. The VMware Image Builder is distributed as a snap-in component for vSphere PowerCLI, a command-line and scripting tool from VMware based on Microsoft PowerShell.

You can download PowerCLI from the VMware Download Center at www.vmware.com/downloads. To perform the installation, you will also need to download the VMware ESXi5.x Standard Software Depot from the VMware Download Center.

Note: In the following instructions, perform Step 1 through Step 7 on the Windows machine used to build the custom boot image, and Step 8 through Step 11 on the machine where you want to install the custom image. Be sure to install the prerequisite software first, including Powershell and Microsoft .NET 2.0, before you install PowerCLI or create the custom boot image.

To install the Adaptec RAID controller driver while installing VMware ESXi 5.x:

  1. Download Microsoft PowerShell and Microsoft .NET 2.0 (if not installed on your machine already) and install on your Windows build machine. You can download PowerShell and Microsoft .NET from the Microsoft Download Center at www.microsoft.com/download.
    Note: PowerShell is preinstalled on many Windows systems, including Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
  2. Download and install vSphere PowerCLI on your Windows build machine. You can download PowerCLI from the VMware Download Center at www.vmware.com/downloads (for example, VMware-PowerCLI-5.0.0-374833.exe).
  3. Run PowerShell as Administrator, then set the execution policy to Remote Signed:
     # Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned
  4. Download the VMware ESXi5.x Standard Software Depot (for example, vmware-ESXi-5.0.0-469512-depot.zip, vmware-ESXi-5.1.0-799733-depot.zip, or vmware-ESXi-5.5.0-1331820-depot.zip) and store in a temporary location on your Windows build machine. You can download the software depot from the VMware Download Center at www.vmware.com/downloads. When you start the download, be sure to choose "ESXi Offline Bundle".
    Note: You may need to provide account credentials to download the software depot from the VMware Web site.
  5. Copy the Adaptec AACRAID driver binary to a temporary location on the Windows build machine (where xxxxx is the build number):
    Option Description
    ESXi 5.0 aacraid-esxi5.0-1.2.1.xxxxx.zip
    ESXi 5.1 aacraid-esxi5.1-1.2.1.xxxxx.zip
    ESXi 5.5 aacraid-esxi5.5-5.2.1.xxxxx.zip
  6. Launch vSphere PowerCLI, then follow the steps below to create the custom boot image:
    1. At the PowerCLI prompt, add the VMware Image Builder snap-in by running the following cmdlet:
      # Add-PSSnapIn VMware.ImageBuilder
      Note: You will see a message if the Image Builder snap-in is already installed. You can ignore this message.
      Note: Continue using PowerCLI in Steps 6.b through 6.j.
    2. Add the VMware ESXi 5.x Software Depots:

      VMware ESXi 5.0:

      # Add-EsxSoftwareDepot C:\ESXi5.0-PMC-CustomISO\vmware-ESXi-5.0.0-469512-depot.zip
      
      

      VMware ESXi 5.1:

      # Add-EsxSoftwareDepot C:\ESXi5.1-PMC-CustomISO\vmware-ESXi-5.1.0-799733-depot.zip
      
      

      VMware ESXi 5.5:

      # Add-EsxSoftwareDepot C:\ESXi5.5-PMC-CustomISO\vmware-ESXi-5.5.0-1331820-depot.zip
      
      

      where C:\ESXi5.x-PMC-CustomISO is the temporary folder on your build machine where the software depot is stored.

    3. Add the AACRAID driver binary as a software depot (where xxxxx is the build number):

      VMware ESXi 5.0:

      # Add-EsxSoftwareDepot C:\ESXi5.0-PMC-CustomISO\aacraid-esxi5.0-1.2.1.xxxxx.zip
      
      

      VMware ESXi 5.1:

      # Add-EsxSoftwareDepot C:\ESXi5.1-PMC-CustomISO\aacraid-esxi5.1-1.2.1.xxxxx.zip
      
      

      VMware ESXi 5.5:

      # Add-EsxSoftwareDepot C:\ESXi5.5-PMC-CustomISO\aacraid-esxi5.5-1.2.1.xxxxx.zip
      
      

      where C:\ESXi5.x-PMC-CustomISO is the temporary folder on your build machine where the software depot is stored.

    4. Verify that the software depots are added:
      # $DefaultSoftwareDepots
    5. List ESX Image Profiles:
      # Get-EsxImageProfile

      You should see a display similar to this:

      ESXi-5.1.0-799733-no-tools 
      ESXi-5.1.0-799733-standard
    6. Create a copy of the standard image profile, using the -CloneProfile option:

      VMware ESXi 5.0:

      # New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile ESXi-5.0.0-469512-standard -Name "ESXi 5.0 Adaptec Series 8"
      
      

      VMware ESXi 5.1:

      # New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile ESXi-5.1.0-799733-standard -Name "ESXi 5.1 Adaptec Series 8"

      VMware ESXi 5.5:

      # New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile ESXi-5.5.0-1331820-standard -Name "ESXi 5.5 Adaptec Series 8"
    7. Change the vendor and acceptance level of the new image profile:

      VMware ESXi 5.0:

      # Set-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi 5.0 Adaptec Series 8" -vendor PMC-Sierra -AcceptanceLevel VMwareCertified
      
      

      VMware ESXi 5.1:

      # Set-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi 5.1 Adaptec Series 8" -vendor PMC-Sierra -AcceptanceLevel VMwareCertified

      VMware ESXi 5.5:

      # Set-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi 5.5 Adaptec Series 8" -vendor PMC-Sierra -AcceptanceLevel VMwareCertified
    8. Check if the new driver package is available:
      # Get-EsxSoftwarePackage

      You should see a line like this:

      scsi-aacraid 5.1.5.2.1.29900-1...
    9. Add the scsi-aacraid software package to the new image profile:

      VMware ESXi 5.0:

      # Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "ESXi 5.0 Adaptec Series 8" -SoftwarePackage scsi-aacraid
      
      

      VMware ESXi 5.1:

      # Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "ESXi 5.1 Adaptec Series 8" -SoftwarePackage scsi-aacraid

      VMware ESXi 5.5:

      # Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "ESXi 5.5 Adaptec Series 8" -SoftwarePackage scsi-aacraid
    10. Export the custom ISO image:

      VMware ESXi 5.0:

      # Export-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi 5.0 Adaptec Series 8" -FilePath C:\ESXi5.0-PMC-CustomISO\ESXi5.0-PMC-Sierra-Series-8.iso -NoSignatureCheck -ExportToISO
      
      

      VMware ESXi 5.1:

      # Export-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi 5.1 Adaptec Series 8" -FilePath C:\ESXi5.1-PMC-CustomISO\ESXi5.1-PMC-Sierra-Series-8.iso -NoSignatureCheck -ExportToISO
      
      

      VMware ESXi 5.5:

      # Export-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi 5.5 Adaptec Series 8" -FilePath C:\ESXi5.5-PMC-CustomISO\ESXi5.5-PMC-Sierra-Series-8.iso -NoSignatureCheck -ExportToISO
      
      

      where -FilePath specifies the path to the custom iso image.

  7. Burn the custom ISO image to a writable CD.
    Note: Use whatever tool you prefer to burn the CD, such as an interactive (GUI-based) tool or a command line tool.

    Remove the CD after you finish burning the image.

  8. On the VMware ESXi machine, insert the custom boot CD, then restart your computer.
  9. Follow the on-screen instructions to begin the VMware installation.
  10. Complete the VMware installation, following the on-screen instructions.
  11. Remove the custom boot CD, then reboot your computer.

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