Sunday, July 28, 2013

Revealing hidden bnx2 driver version bnx2-2.2.3m.v41.2


Recently for an issue I was troubleshooting, tried to look for this Broadcom NIC driver used by 5709 series on vSphere 4.x/5.x.

By looking at the HCL site I found that the latest version is bnx2-2.2.3m.v41.2 which is compatible for Broadcom NetXtreme II Network Adapters. (NX-II BCM5706/BCM5708/BCM5709/BCM5716 10/100/1000/2500Mbps).

So I went to the driver download site and tried to find the same but no luck with the Filter facility either.

Then I just use Google'd the driver version and to my surprise the same version is built into Driver Version 1.76.54.v41.1.

Here is the Version Details:

"Driver CD includes drivers cnic-1.76.59.v41.1, bnx2-2.2.3m.v41.2, bnx2x-1.76.54.v41.1, and bnx2i-2.76.56.v41.2. Customers using this driver CD should update all four drivers included. Bnx2 driver supports NX-II BCM5706/BCM5708/BCM5709/BCM5716 10/100/1000/2500Mbps and bnx2x driver supports NX-II BCM57710/BCM57711/BCM57711E/BCM57712/BCM57712MF/BCM57800/BCM57800MF/BCM57810/BCM57810MF/BCM57840/BCM57840MF 10/100/1000/2500/10000Mbps. This driver CD is also certified for iSCSI Offload and iSCSI boot."

And below is the download link for the same driver:

Now you can just imagine how it got into a different version but the driver version 2.2.3m.v41.2 is in fact included in the above link for 1.76.54.v41.1.

If you solve the mystery then leave the comment please !!

Enjoy updating the driver on your Broadcom 1G NICs ;-)

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