FUSION IO Drive Installation

First you need to download the drivers from https://support.fusionio.com/downloads , you will need to register to access the support website. In our case we bought it with our hardware vendor Dell, so we could download the driver from http://dell.fusionio.com/

If you then select your product (in our case ioDrive2) and Operating System (our our case ESXi5.X) you then should see the downloads


The file you need is the “block-iomermory-vsl-%-offline_bundle%.zip” file which is under “Software Binaries” for drives less then 2TB file/systems and ”SCSI-iomermory-vsl-%-offline_bundle%.zip” for systems greater then 2TB. In our case we use the first.

Download the file and upload is to an existing datastore in VMware. The easiest way in my opinion is to copy the file to a datastore via vSphere client.

To do this, goto the “configuration” tab for your ESXi host/s , select “storage” under the “Hardware” section, then select your datastore.


Now right click the datastore and select “Browse Datastore” Once in your datastore, click on “new folder” and create a folder called fusionio.


Browse to this folder and within this folder click the upload icon and you will see the below appear.


Select the ZIP file and press “Open”

The file should now upload and once the file is in your datastore, make note of the path assuming you didn’t use the root of the datastore.


Now click “Security Profile” under the “Software” section (see below).


Now click “Properties” for the “Services” and you will see the below appear.


Ensure “SSH Server” and “ESXi Shell” is ticked like the above and press Ok.

Your now ready to SSH to your ESXi host using a program such as PuTTY.

Open PuTTY, enter the IP or hostname for your ESXi host, select SSH (Port 22) and press Connect.

You will be prompted for credentials, I am using “root” in this example. After entering your credentials, you should see the below screen.


Now we use “esxcli” to install the ZIP by using the following command

“esxcli software vib install -d /vmfs/volumes/<datastorename>/fusionio/block-iomemory-vsl-5X-”

Once Installed, you should see something similar to the below.


Now reboot your host.

Once you have rebooted you should be able to open the vSphere client, select your host and goto the configuration tab, Select “Storage Adapters” and you should see the FusionIO card show up like the below.


Now you can return to the “Storage” menu and use “add Storage” to format the card with VMFS.


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