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ESXi 5.1 and BL460c G6 NIC firmware version compability

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ESXi 5.1 and BL460c G6 NIC firmware version compability

Hello all,

I'm in the process to upgrade to vSphere 5.1 on our HP BL460c G6 blades. I'm a bit confused over the NIC driver compability matrix.

All G6 blades are running Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme II BCM57711E/NC532i 10 Gigabit Ethernet (bnx2x drivers) adapters in a C7000 with Flex-10 environment.


According to the vmware document "HP Flex-10 and Flex-Fabric Supportability" the ESXi5.x and it's adapter firmware for bnx2x driver should be version 7.4.19.


I cannot version 7.4.19 anywhere, and as usual, HP site is a nightmare to find stuff on.


If I upgrade a blade with HP Servicepack for Proliant 2012.10 (latest) it do upgrades NIC firmware to version 6.2.10, which is stated in document as supported for ESXi 5.0. Not as I hoped, 7.4.19 which is required for ESXi 5.1.

Is there a 7.4.19 version available? Or are we running unsupported on version 6.2.10?