The Dell version of VMware has been released and can be installed simply on a standalone ESXi server once it is maintenance mode.

First get the ZIP file from VMware:

You should verify the checksum:

MD5SUM:b9db1e378bc0cfccd979fe0660867641
SHA1SUM:9f5121f0d9d39aa32c0d3f71c13e117bf4923737
SHA256SUM:c9a0025d0946ab154520d6606a50b5dca0218294e90250bd5a9a8a6dd4dee50c
Checksums for ESXi ZIP file

Upload the ZIP file to a datastore that can be accessed by ESXi (local or remote) however don’t copy it to the boot media unless you know what you are doing.

Then login to your ESXi server with SSH and run the following command:

esxcli software vib update -d /vmfs/volumes/60227c60-5702564e-2ec8-246e9611f984/VMware-VMvisor-Installer-7.0.0.update03-18644231.x86_64-DellEMC_Customized-A00.zip

Give it a good few minutes and then you should get a successful install. Reboot to complete the install.

I’ve done this without issue on my R630 and will do my T630 soon. But this should work on the R730 too – maybe the R720.

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