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Dell’s Customization of VMware ESXi and its Advantages

Summary: This KB talk about the significance of Dell customized VMware ESXi in general and it's advantages.

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You may have heard about Dell Customized VMware ESXi images. For those who doesn’t know what’s really extra in Dell customized images, here you go:

Dell’s customization of VMware ESXi image includes adding new or updated VMware IOVP certified drivers relevant for Dell hardware and partner specific components into the VMware ESXi image. The Dell customized ESXi images are certified by Dell through VMware’s program for OEM customization. In addition to the IO drivers, Dell’s technical support information is updated via OEM customization process.
  • To know the specific details of the driver and provider versions integrated in different Dell customized images, Refer ‘Image Customization information’ at Dell support page
    • Refer to the respective Image customization guides, Release Notes, Server Compatibility guides based on the ESXi versions
  • Dell has migrated the latest revision of the Dell customized ESXi image files with customized drivers to the website of VMware. This change aligns with industry-standard practices and brings the Dell customized image to the same location as that of our competitors. For customers who manage heterogeneous data centers, this simplifies the procurement of software image files because they will all be saved in one location. Visit license portal or click My VMware Downloads. 
NOTE: Older versions of these image files can be downloaded from Dell support
  • The main advantage of using the Dell Customized image is that it includes the updated drivers as part of the ISO however customers can update the driver version based on the requirement and availability by referring to VMware VCG

Article Properties

Affected Product

VMware, VMware ESXi 6.x, VMware ESXi 7.x, VMware ESXi 8.x

Last Published Date

30 Nov 2022



Article Type

How To