Quick and easy way to upgrade ESXi drivers on Nutanix

If you run VMware vSphere ESXi on Nutanix  one of ways to install new or updated drivers on ESXi is use command line. Below you can find an example how to update Intel 10GbE driver on ESXi 6.0 . What you have to do is:

  • upload driver on datastore which is mounted to all ESXi servers in cluster
  • log in to CVM and run allssh with some extra commands after – see example below

What allssh command does:

  • ssh to all CVMs (one by one) in Nutanix cluster
    •  ssh on – this is vmk1 IP on ESXi hosts
    • run esxcli software vib update -d command

Install updated driver on 10 node vSphere cluster takes from 10 to 15 seconds. Once is done, you have to reboot ESXi for change to be effective.





Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).