Installing HP NC365T (Intel 82580) Network Driver to VMware vSphere ESXi 4


Newly built VMware vSphere ESXi 4.1 host on HP ProLiant DL360 G7 hardware, fails to see the installed HP NC365T quad-port gigabit ethernet adapter


With VMware vSphere CLI (free download) already installed

1: Download the driver from VMware's website

Go to:


Go to:

→ Datacenter Downloads VMware vSphere 4
→ Scroll down the webpage to Drivers & Tools

Expand Driver CDs and click on the Download button by -

VMware ESXi/ESXi 4.x Driver CD for Intel 82576 ,82580 and I350 Gigabit Ethernet Controller

- and follow the prompts to download the iso file.

2: Obtain the offline_bundle driver file from the iso

Three suggested ways to do this:

i: Use software like 7-Zip (free download) to extract file from iso (preferred method)
ii: Use software like daemon tools (free download) to mount the CD to client device
iii: Burn the iso and mount in the physical CD drive (least preferred method)

The desired file is called something like –
Place this in the “Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware vSphere CLI\bin” folder

3: Put VMware host to be updated into maintenance mode

4: Use the VMware vSphere CLI installed on a client device (laptop or workstation) to install the drivers

With this command: --server HOST_IP_ADDRESS --username root --install --bundle NAME_OF_OFFLINE_BUNDLE


Note: If you stay connected to the ESXi host with the vSphere client you will see the Install and Check complete

5: Reboot the host

The End!



  1. What a helpful post, really save my day here.
    Thank you!

  2. Thank you for the kind comment Anonymous!

  3. I found this article several months ago and used it to make my life easier. Now I have had issues with the ESX server, had to blow it away and reinstall. I forgot all about the external NICs. I didn't book mark this page like I should have. It took me forever to find it again, because I knew it worked.

    Thank you so much for saving my rear end TWICE!

  4. Hi Basalix, thank you very much for the comment. Cheers!

  5. Ditto... Thanks for sharing Vivad

    1. Hi Anonymous, thank you for the comment. Cheers!

  6. Very clear and helpful.

    Thank you!


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