Bulletins from HP have been released that clearly state that data loss can occur without the NMI Sourcing Drivers installed in ESX hosts. Jason Boche has blogged highlights of this recently. Below are instructions for installation of the drivers via http. I used an apache server with the NMI bundle in web root and performed the installation via a vMA appliance using `vihostupdate`.
Apache host: ‘santa’
ESX host: esx205
Current NMI bundle: hp-nmi-bundle-1.0.02
I have used short hostnames (inconsistently) instead of FQDN and have also taken what must be a one line command and escaped carriage returns with “” to run the command on multiple lines, both for sake of better screen shots.
0) Put the server in maintenance mode
1) Scan for updates not installed on the ESXi host. Command, all one line: `vihostupdate –server esx206 –list –bundle http://santa/esx/hp-nmi-bundle-1.0.02/hp-nmi-bundle-1.0.02.zip`
2) Optionally, list all bulletins contained within the bundle. In this case there is only one bulletin as displayed under the Bulletin ID field. Command `vihostupdate –server esx206 –list –bundle http://santa/esx/hp-nmi-bundle-1.0.02/hp-nmi-bundle-1.0.02.zip`
3) Install the desired bulletins, specified on the command line as an argument to the bundle. In this case there is only one bulletin, not providing the bulletin argument will install all available bulletins not already installed on the system. In other words, specifying this was unnecessary. Command: `vihostupdate –server esx206 –install –bundle http://santa/esx/hp-nmi-bundle-1.0.02/hp-nmi-bundle-1.0.02.zip hp-nmi-driver-1.0.02`
4) Just for giggles, run a query to see if the bundle is reporting as being installed. Command `vihostupdate –server esx205 –query`.