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      • 45. Re: Intel PRO/1000 NICs not working
        MrShmen Lurker


        Glad to hear that issues with the Intel 1000's are being experienced by other users out there... proves I am not going insane.



        Here is my story....



        Lab environment:    (Being used to test migration to vSphere for our production environment.)



        3 Hosts.. AMD 6000, 8GB RAM 40GB SATA HDD, 1 onboard nVidia nForce Adapter, 2x Intel Pro 1000 MT Dual Port Adapters (Giving us 5 in total).... Connected these to a Linksys SRW2024 switch (Set as a dumb switch with no VLANS setup just to ensure noone throws a network config issue response).



        Install of ESXi 4.0 goes well, all adapters are detected and show as active.... nVidia card nominated as mgt adapter (Default).



        Log in via VI Client (nVidia card) no dramas and set up the networking based on a standard design. (nVidia card as mgt, 1 intel for iSCSI, 1 intel for vMotion and 2 intel for VM network).



        Now the fun begins....



        No matter how I configure the host I cannot get any VMKernel services to work on the intel's... I can ping the configured IP, I can telnet the ports but it just does not want to give me the services (ie connect to iSCSI or connect via VI client... I suspect vmotion would be dead as well but cannot test as I do not have SAN connection because I cannot get the intel card for iSCSI to work).....



        Heres the kicker....



        Just for fun I built these boxes using ESXi 3.5 and wouldn't you know it... everything works fine.... I ran the upgrade thinking I might get some success but as soon as the upgrade concludes I loose all VMkernel services running on the Intels... I suspect VMware have some driver work to do.






        As this loosly tied into work for the production environment (which is fully covered VMware support) I logged a call but suspect they are just stalling me... ie "Run this useless unproductive test and send the logs" followed by a "We cannot contact you.. please call us".... "Have you tried this really obvious test"..... "Can you reinstall to buy us another day of not working on the problem".



        All I want is a "Hmm yep definately looks like we have some crappy drivers" or a "We acknowlegde this is an issue with the product and intend to have it recified with a future release/update/patch" rather than the constant lack of conviction/action on the part of VMware........ may have to consider moving away from VMware if the service does not improve.






        • 46. Re: Intel PRO/1000 NICs not working
          3apa3a.b.ta3e Enthusiast


          Same issue with Intel DG35EC, onboard Intel 82566DC network adapter and ESX 4.0 build 164009. ESXi build 164009 do not want to install on this hardware ("Can`t enable additional CPU" or something) and now i`m downloading lastest ESXi build to try it.



          Plus, a have additional shutdown issue with both ESX and ESXi, it described here - http://communities.vmware.com/thread/213651.



          • 47. Re: Intel PRO/1000 NICs not working
            scratchfury79 Novice

            I have this same problem with ESXi 4.0 and an Intel Gigabit CT Desktop Adapter.

            • 48. Re: Intel PRO/1000 NICs not working
              3apa3a.b.ta3e Enthusiast

              Are you sure? ESXi, not ESX?

              • 49. Re: Intel PRO/1000 NICs not working
                scratchfury79 Novice

                Upon further testing it seems to be a motherboard driver issue.  The card works in ESXi 3.5 without issue and the card works in a different model computer with 4.0 without issue. Some people have had luck disabling ACPI in the BIOS who've had similar issues, but my BIOS does not have that option to disable.

                • 50. Re: Intel PRO/1000 NICs not working
                  AramiS_1970 Novice

                  Same issue with an intel motherboard, Resolved with:  esxcfg-module -s IntMode=0,0,0,0 e1000e


                  And reboot.

                  Hope that helps.

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                  • 51. Re: Intel PRO/1000 NICs not working
                    MarcBouchard Enthusiast

                    Will try that as soon as I get a chance. Thanks for posting this!

                    • 52. Re: Intel PRO/1000 NICs not working
                      scratchfury79 Novice

                      I used "esxcfg-module -s IntMode=1 e1000e" and got my Intel Gigabit CT Desktop Adapter working under ESXi 4.0 on a Dell Optiplex 740.  Thank you, AramiS_1970!

                      • 53. Re: Intel PRO/1000 NICs not working
                        dilidolo Enthusiast


                        I just tried ESX 4 U1, the problem is fixed.



                        In addition to this problem, Synchronizing SCSI cache issue on many Intel motherboards are fixed as well.



                        • 54. Re: Intel PRO/1000 NICs not working
                          AramiS_1970 Novice

                          How di d you fixed the Synchronizing SCSI cache issue ?




                          • 55. Re: Intel PRO/1000 NICs not working
                            dilidolo Enthusiast


                            I didn't fix the issue, just install ESX 4 U1.



                            Both issues mentioned above are fixed in U1.



                            • 56. Re: Intel PRO/1000 NICs not working
                              Witek Rolka Novice



                              I have the same problem.


                              Ever since I upgraded to ESX4 and then ESX4u1 from ESX3.5 my e1000 cards have not been working properly.


                              It started with the e1000 after the ESX3.5 to 4 upgrade where the connection would keep dropping out. I used this card for my iSCSI VMkernel port. I swapped the port to my e1000 card and that resolved the drop out issue. Since the upgrade to ESX4u1, both the e1000 and e100e experience drop outs. I have applied the following esxcfg-module -s IntMode=1 e1000e to the iSCSI NIC and it resolved the connection lost error but iSCSI performance seems slow.


                              The e1000 however continue to loose connections, and I tried the same apply the following esxcfg-module -s IntMode=1 e1000 to it but now i have lost all connectivity.


                              At this rate I'm going to have to go back to ESX3.5 for stability because since the driver changes in ESX4 and ESX4u1, my test environment is unusable.




                              • 57. Re: Intel PRO/1000 NICs not working
                                Datto Expert

                                My older NForce4 motherboards in my home lab I had to switch from Intel 1000 MT PCI NICs and Intel 1000 CT PCI-e NICs switched to Inntel 1000 PT PCI-e NICs in order to get connectivity back under ESX 4.0 GA release. The 1000 PT NICs seem to work fine with the NForce4 chipset motherboards but the CT and the MT Intel NICs wouldn't work at all in that same ESX 4.0 GA box (the CT and MT NICs kept thinking there wasn't a cable connected to the NIC).


                                Don't know whether that would help you but I thought I'd pass it along anyhow.



                                • 58. Re: Intel PRO/1000 NICs not working
                                  scratchfury79 Novice





                                  The Dell Optiplex 740 I have uses the NForce4 chipset, and I had problems with both the MT and CT cards.  Changing the setting for the e1000e driver made the CT card work, so you may have the same luck if you try to use it again.  I haven't tested the MT card as I put it in another system.



                                  • 59. Re: Intel PRO/1000 NICs not working
                                    Datto Expert

                                    Thanks for the tip scratchfury79 -- I may soon have one of the other NForce4 boxes around here doing ESX 4.0 duties and will use Intel NICs in it to try that tip out.



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