Build ESX drivers

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Nick Couchman has started a topic on how-to build your own ESX/ESXi drivers using linux sources and the freely GPL code from VMware and he has been successful in doing so.

Required components

In order to do this you need to get yourself the following components:

  • The code of the module that you want to add support for
  • CentOS 3.9 in a virtual machine build environment is going to be the easiest way to get going, you can use the latest update from the centOS web site.
  • The GPL components from ESX. Here's a link to the ESX3.5 Update 3 sources.


Beware that VMware will NOT support your configuration with home-grown drivers


External links


At the time of writing this, the project has not released any sources, yet, but it has these entries on the wiki:

Wiki - Intro

Wiki - Getting started

Emulex.com blog article about native mode drivers for vSphere ESXi 5.5