Fully managed VMWare ESXi 5.1 with Dell Servers

Update 12/August: There’s new versions of both ESXi 5.1 (Update 1) and Dell VIB. The instructions below should continue to work, just remember to use the updated filenames from the downloads. Download VMware ESXi 5.1 Update 1 Recovery Image (released on April 29, 2013) and Dell OpenManage Server Administrator vSphere Installation Bundle (VIB) for ESXi 5.1 (released on August 12, 2013)

Update 12/April: There’s a problem with OMSA and ESXi 5.1 and (atleast) R710 servers. Check out http://communities.vmware.com/thread/439083 and call your Dell/VMWare rep.

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