Hi all – I have been cruising a lot of different forums lately and one thing I see frequently is people having trouble customizing the VMware ESXi 5.5 U2 image to support the Lenovo TS140’s integrated I217-LM ethernet controller. I used VMware Customizer available from http://www.v-front.de/ and created an ISO based on the 2014-09-09 5.5.0U2 build. Everything else is vanilla in this ISO – I have another image I’ve created with the LSI 9260 SMIS provider included but I don’t think there will be many people looking for that specifically. But, if you are, let me know.
The original filename you would download from VMware is VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.5.0.update02-2068190.x86_64.iso so I’ve renamed it to include TS140 in the name, and so the download is available via the following link: VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.5.0.update02-2068190_TS140.iso
Burn it to a CD/DVD/USB/whatever, and enjoy!