Just a quick note to everyone out there that even though you can find the ixgbe 4.5.1 listing in the compatibility list it takes you to the “Tools and Drivers” page where there is no download. ¬†Thanks VMware…

So through some URL hacking I was able to find the download page and am posting it I can save you some precious moments of rabbit-hole traversing…

https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/details?downloadGroup=DT-ESXI60-INTEL-IXGBE-451&productId=491

Note that in the description it’ll tell you that it’s for 6.0 but it’s supported for 6.5 per the compatibility list.

Enjoy!