VMware ESXi 5.5 Update 3

This is Dell Customized Image of VMware ESXi 5.5 Update 3
Dell Version: A12,Build# 9313066

This ISO image should be used only to recover/reinstall VMware ESXi image to SD Card/USB Key on Dell Supported Platforms. Refer compatibility section for Supported Platforms.

Fixes & Enhancements

For fixes & enhancements, please refer attached VMware release notes


Version 5.5U3, A12


Enterprise Solutions

Release date

20 Sep 2018

Last Updated

20 Sep 2018


Available formats

File Format: ISO Image
File Name: VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.5.0.update03-9313066.x86_64-Dell_Customized-A12.iso
Download Type: HTTP
File Size: 360.09 MB
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File Format: RBSD
File Name: VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.5.0.update03-9313066.x86_64-Dell_Customized-A12.zip
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File Size: 350.37 MB
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File Format: Rel-Notes-Text
File Name: ESXi_5.5U3_Release_Notes-Dell-A12.txt
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File Size: 590 Bytes
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vSphere Hypervisor 5.5 Update 3
1. Click Download now, to download the file.
2. When the File Download window appears, click Save this program to disk and click OK. The Save In window appears.
3. From the Save In drop-down menu, click to select Desktop and then click Save. The file will download to your desktop.
4. If a Download Complete window appears, click Close. A new icon appears on your desktop. Installation:

To install VMware ESXi with this downloaded .ISO file using CD-ROM method, you need a CD-R or CD-RW and appropriate software to create a CD. Follow your CD writing software vendor's instructions to create a CD. For additional install instructions, refer Installation/Deployment guides available at
https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-pubs.html https://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/products/software/virt_solutions
For Dell Support documentation on VMware ESX/ESXi , refer https://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/products/software/virt_solutions

This ESXi image includes patch release ESXi550-201808001 for 'L1 Terminal Fault' from VMware
Refer to below for more details
- https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/56554
- https://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2018-0020.html

The Dell Customized VMware ESXi image does not include Dell OpenManage Server Administrator. For detailed instructions to install and use Dell OpenManage Server Administrator, see the Dell OpenManage documentation at http://www.dell.com/openmanagemanuals

This image is customized by Dell which includes updated driver versions.
Dell also modifies the below files as part of customization.
The drivers included in this ESXi image by Dell as part of the customization process are:-

Broadcom Drivers(Available at vmware.com)
net-tg3 - 3.137l.v55.1
misc-cnic-register - 1.713.10.v55.1
net-bnx2 - 2.2.6a.v55.4
net-bnx2x - 2.713.10.v55.4
net-cnic - 2.713.10.v55.5
scsi-bnx2fc - 1.713.10.v55.4
scsi-bnx2i - 2.713.10.v55.3

Qlogic Drivers(Available at vmware.com)
qlnativefc -
qla4xxx - 644.55.37.0
net-qlcnic - 5.5.190
net-qlge -

Intel Drivers(Available at vmware.com)
net-igb - 5.3.2
i40e - 2.0.6
net-ixgbe - 4.5.2

Emulex Drivers(Available at vmware.com)
lpfc -
be2iscsi -
elxnet -

Dell Storage controller Drivers(Available at vmware.com)
mpt2sas -
mpt3sas -
megaraid_perc9 - 6.903.55.00
Megaraid-sas - 06.805.56.00

Micron PCI-SSD controller drivers(Available at vmware.com)
mtip32xx_native - 3.9.4

Mellanox Drivers(Available at vmware.com)
mlx4_core -
mlx4_en -
nmlx5_core -

NOTE: The list of files appended/modified/customized by Dell may change during a later release. **************************************************************************************
Dell's Important Policy Statement on virtual SAN support and certification.
1. Always consult the VMware Compatibility Guide (VCG) for Virtual SAN (VSAN) certification information.
a. Dell and VMware only support Servers, HBA controllers, backplane extenders and drives that are listed in the VCG for the particular version of VSAN you are running.
b. Dell only supports Dell branded Ready Nodes, Dell platforms and Dell components as listed in the VSAN VCG.
2. Dell Strongly recommends using the Dell certified Ready Node configurations, which are validated to provide predictable scalability and performance for your virtual SAN components.
3. Dell will also support build your own VSAN configurations if they are built from Dell branded VSAN certified components.
a. This is an important distinction. For example:Dell does not support VSAN configurations build from off the shelf drives obtained from other channels, even though those drives may be listed in the VCG. Dell only supports Dell branded drives which are listed under the Partner name "Dell" in the VCG. This ensures you are using the Dell validated drives and firmware versions.
4. Dell and VMware support the exact controller driver and firmware versions listed in the VCG.
5. For drives, Dell and VMware support the firmware versions listed in the VCG and later versions. Please consult the Dell support site for the latest recommendations on the minimum firmware required for drives.

Drivers help and tutorials