Intel 82579LM-nic driver and custom ESXI ISO from scratch
I've spent the last few days stalking the net and this board, specifically with trying to figure out the whole non-supported driver thing with ESXI. Everywhere I look I keep seeing this board and Chilly's name out there. It seems like you guys are working hard to help other folks out.
Unfortunately, my work place has very tight controls and though I'm only in the the testing phase of using ESXI, I can't bring in a driver and a custom-built ISO made from third-party software.
So, I'd like to explore how to do the same kind of thing you guys make look so easy, from scratch.
1. I know that I'd have to start with the Intel linux driver (http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_ ... e&lang=eng
2. Then I'd have to compile it and somehow get it packaged like the VMWare driver bundles.
3. Finally, I'd have to use VMWare's PowerCLI to make a custom ISO.
If I get this thing rolling on the hardware I'm given now, then after a few months of positive results I'd be able to convince my work to put some money toward buying actual compliant hardware.
In the meantime, can any of you give some pointers for the three broad steps I've outlined above, and point out anything I'm might not be aware of?
I especially know nothing about compiling drivers...