Download ESXi 6.0 patched with Realtek 8168, 8169 and DLink DGE-528T NIC

Relief for all those Virtualiztion Enthusiast who wants to build their Virtualization lab in their home with simple hardwares. Unfortunately, ESXi 6 donot support NICs made for consumer purpose and only supports server grade NICs. But why buy those costly NICs when all motherboards now-a-days provides us with gigabit NIC and even if you don’t have an on board gigE NIC, DLink provides a nice DGE-528T GiGE NIC for our use.

Now, for those who are new with ESXi 6 and stuffs, I have created an ISO with latest ESXi 6 which is patched with Realtek 8168, Realtek 8169 & DLink DGE-528T Drivers. Just install the ISO using your pen drive or a CD and all your supported NICs will be detected automatically.

This ISO is tested with all the above mentioned NICs and is working successfully.

Thanks to VMware Front Experience for providing such an useful tool and setting up our home lab hassle-free…

Download ESXi 6 ISO from –

Decryption key – !2sO59u3NcFlH_fDiZjED0Q

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  • Vikram

    VMware ESXi 6 State is showing powered off ???

  • Vikram

    This is the error i am getting, what needs to be done further, Need your inputs Srijit.

    Error while powering on: VMware Player cannot connect to the virtual machine. Make sure you have rights to run the program, access all directories the program uses, and access all directories for temporary files.

    The VMware Authorization Service is not running.

  • dave

    It installs as a 60 day evaluation. Can I still get a license to enable it for the free version?


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  • Alan

    This saved me a bunch of time. Thank you

  • Alan

    And just for reference, I needed it because I installed ESXI 6.0 on an Alienware Alpha that uses the Realtek 8168 ethernet chipset

  • Ranjith Bhoopalana

    Thank you very much srijit, this was an much need help for me. it works perfectlly for me.

  • Gonzalo Moreno

    thanks really helpfull

  • Bryan Defeo Florenosos

    I just want to thank you for this awesome blog of yours! you’re the best mate!

  • Amirkhatam Pedram

    its really helpful , thank you very much …