Today I got my shiny new host for the homelab. After installing ESXi, I noticed the 10 Gbit NICs weren’t being detected. After looking around a bit I found the drivers in the form of a VIB.
Start by uploading the VIB to a datastore that is accessible to the host. Turn on the SSH service in the security section and fire up a session.
Once connected run
esxcli software vib install -v /vmfs/volumes/NAS1-iSCSI/net-ixgbe_4.4.1-1OEM.600.0.0.2159203.vib
If everything goes well you should get an output like this
Message: The update completed successfully, but the system needs to be rebooted for the changes to be effective.
Reboot Required: true
VIBs Installed: INT_bootbank_net-ixgbe_4.4.1-1OEM.600.0.0.2159203
VIBs Removed: VMware_bootbank_net-ixgbe_188.8.131.52.14iov-20vmw.600.0.0.2494585
Once all is done, reboot the host and you’ll see the installed device pop up, in my case the 10 Gbit NICs