VMware2013.10.04 23:13

Today let's start how to install officially unsupported Atheros AR8151/8161 NIC.



ESXi do not support uncertified device officially.

but, uncertified device can install using custom driver.

first of all, you must prepare custom driver.

you can download custom driver files using searching engine(recommanded google).

and then, start ESXi Shell service and SSH service.

this service is on Whitebox's console or vSphere client.

follow below capture, start both services.


next, connect ESXi Shell using terminal emulator.

caution. the path after "/vmfs/volume/" may be different by your circumstance.

it's good to use "tab" key(twice click it).





login as: root

Using keyboard-interactive authentication.


The time and date of this login have been sent to the system logs.


VMware offers supported, powerful system administration tools.  Please

see www.vmware.com/go/sysadmintools for details.


The ESXi Shell can be disabled by an administrative user. See the

vSphere Security documentation for more information.

~ #

~ #

~ # esxcli software vib install -v /vmfs/volumes/VM\ Data/net-atl1e-


 VIB AR81Family_bootbank_net-atl1e_1.0.1.14's acceptance level is community, which is not compliant with the ImageProfile acceptance level partner

 To change the host acceptance level, use the 'esxcli software acceptance set' command.

 Please refer to the log file for more details.               # you would meet "acceptance-level" message. change it by follow command.


~ # esxcli software acceptance set --level=CommunitySupported

Host acceptance level changed to 'CommunitySupported'.   # change it by follow command.


~ # esxcli software vib install -v /vmfs/volumes/VM\ Data/net-atl1e-

Installation Result                                       # now, it's done.

   Message: The update completed successfully, but the system needs to be rebooted for the changes to be effective.

   Reboot Required: true

   VIBs Installed: AR81Family_bootbank_net-atl1e_1.0.1.14

   VIBs Removed:

   VIBs Skipped:

~ #


after install driver, you should reboot system.

Good luck.

Atheros AR8161 driver (ESXi 5.x/6.x)

Realtek R8168 driver (ESXi 5.x)


Realtek R8169 driver (ESXi 5.x)


Realtek R816x driver (ESXi 6.x)


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