How to Fix ESXi 6.5 PSOD on HP Proliant G7 Servers

Problem commonly happens on G7 Servers.

It would appear that one driver is causing this in the 6.5 image,  “hpe-smx-provider” (650. Installing the standard ESXI 6.5 ISO does allow the server to boot, but is missing a lot of drivers and does not give the pretty all-inclusive system stats that the HPE ISO does.

Below is a quick instruction on how to build a custom ISO with an older drive to fix this.

Download PowerCLI for Windows.


Put Both into same directory I put mine in d:\esx

Power PowerCLI

Add-EsxSoftwareDepot .\

New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile HPE-ESXi-6.5.0-Update1-650* -Name "ESXICUST"

Remove-EsxSoftwarePackage ESXICUST hpe-smx-provider

Add-EsxSoftwareDepot .\

Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile ESXICUST -SoftwarePackage "hpe-smx-provider 600."

Export-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile ESXICUST -ExportToIso ESXI65.iso