The fix and the drawbacks
Customize your own HPE ESX ISO
- Install PowerCLI from here. At the time of this writing, the latest version was 6.5.0R1.
- Download both the ESX 6.5 and 6.0 offline bundles and save them to a convenient place (ex: C:\HP) — download from this link. To make it easier, rename them to something like HPE_ESX6.5.zip and HPE_ESX6.0.zip.
- Open up PowerCLI and do the following:Add the 6.5 bundle
# check that the profile was loaded and the vendor is HPE
# clone the profile (feel free to specify whatever you like for the “vendor” when prompted)
# double check the profile was indeed cloned
# Remove the “hpe-smx-provider” driver from the clone
# Add the 6.0 bundle
# check the profile
# check driver versions from both bundles
# Add hpe-smx-provider version 6.00 to the custom profile
# Export the profile to an ISO