We get asked this a lot:  where on our media or web are the Intel® Ethernet drivers for ESX/ESXi?

Short answer:

For ESX/ESXi 3.5 – Go here!

For ESX/ESXi 4.x – Go here!

Long answer:

VMware drivers are tested and distributed by VMware, so you need to get it from them.  We work very closely with them to make sure the drivers fully support Intel® Ethernet hardware.  We also work with VMware to ensure they are making maximum use of our very useful hardware features like VMDq.  If you have problems with your ESX/ESXi install when running with Intel® Ethernet, contact them first, if they can’t solve it, they will get us involved as needed.

Good luck, and happy virtualizing!