Dell Customized Bits for VMware vSphere 5.1 and VMware Auto Deploy

There is a great Dell resource that covers configuring stateless boot using the Dell customized VMware ESXi 5. It basically covers how to create a zipped file of the Dell customized image and use it with VMware Auto Deploy.

Per VMware policy, Dell is not allowed to provide the zipped version of the Dell customized image. But customers can create one using the instructions provided in the Dell whitepaper linked on this wiki article: 

The direct URL to whitepaper is here: 

The pages of interest are pages 4-6. It provides step-by-step details on creating an offline image depot for VMware Auto Deploy. Lastly, this Dell whitepaper was tested by and is a supported config per the Dell Hypervisor Enablement team.

Extending Dell Customized Bits for VMware vSphere 5.1 to Have Compatibility with VMware View

All the credit for this post goes to blog commenter – Vincent Wu.

VMware recent released a Knowledge Based (KB) article 2035268 that states support for VMware View 5.1.x with vSphere 5.1. It shows two ways to enable support:

1.  You can deploy the updated VMware ESXi 5.1 ISO image. Instructions are in the KB article.

 OR

 2. You can apply Patch ESXi510-201210001 from the Patch Download Center.

If you are using the Dell Customized Bits for VMware vSphere 5.1, then you will need to apply Patch ESXi510-201210001 from the Patch Download Center in order to support View 5.1.x.