I'm posting this so others might not have to spend hours on the line with support figuring this out.
My environment is older and has the Emulex LPe11000 hba cards. This card isn't discovered oob.
Obviously a problem right. After spending hours on the phone with VMWare support they pointed me to Emulex.
The issue really is that some of VMWare's support personnel don't know where they keep all the VIB files for their OS.
I was able to find the attached VIB here. Import this and apply it and your Emulex card will start working and you can take your hosts up to ESXi 6.
Thank you for posting this, it really helped me out!
I had been looking for the right VIB for a couple of hours and finally found this post. Your link was right on, and now my hosts can see the storage again.
Good day, jurschel!
This VIB helped to find lp1150e again after upgrade ESXi from 5.5u2 to 6.0.0u1 - so i want thank you, your help is very appreciated.
With best regards,
Thanks very much for your research and solution to this issue. I have an HP DL380 G6 with Emulex LP1000e HBA's that I have not been able to get to work with ESX 6.0U2. Your vib link did the trick. Thank you.
My HBA card is HP A8002A(lpe 1150)，it's good for ESXi 6.0 ，but on ESXI 6.5 ，it says "[DependencyError]"
[root@localhost:~] esxcli software vib install -v /tmp/scsi-lpfc820-10.2.459.0-1OEM.500.0.0.472560.x86_64.vib
VIB Emulex_bootbank_scsi-lpfc820_10.2.459.0-1OEM.500.0.0.472560 requires vmkapi_2_0_0_0, but the requirement cannot be satisfied within the ImageProfile.
VIB Emulex_bootbank_scsi-lpfc820_10.2.459.0-1OEM.500.0.0.472560 requires com.vmware.driverAPI-184.108.40.206, but the requirement cannot be satisfied within the ImageProfile.
Please refer to the log file for more details.
I know that the "lpe 1150" card is not supported on ESXI 6.5.
So , what can i do??
Updated Information on VMware 6.5 support for EMULEX LPe11000
Officially VMware have discontinued driver support for this Chipset (Among others)
Read here for a more complete list of other chipsets that are now at discontinued support VMware Knowledge Base
And just to give everyone the Best chance of success, (despite VMware not supporting the chipset)
I can confirm that I got VMware ESXi 6.5 working with these LPFC drivers below
Name: VMware ESXi 5.5 lpfc 10.5.39.0 FC/FCoE Driver for Emulex and OEM Branded Adapters.
Release Date: 2015-04-22
And I've tested nearly every later/newer version and it DOES NOT WORK!
and be warned that VMWare Update manager will attempt to update this driver to like Version 11.? and that will stop the Driver from working
so be careful to NOT install the LPFC driver update when running update manager.
I can confirm this is still a working solution on VMWare ESXi 6.7 U3.
Got mine working on good old R710 via esxcli over ssh:
esxcli software vib install -v /tmp/lpfc-10.5.39.0-1OEM.5220.127.116.111820.x86_64.vib
You will get:
Message: The update completed successfully, but the system needs to be rebooted for the changes to be effective.
Reboot Required: true
VIBs Installed: Emulex_bootbank_lpfc_10.5.39.0-1OEM.518.104.22.1681820
VIBs Removed: EMU_bootbank_lpfc_12.2.373.1-1OEM.622.214.171.12469922