3 Replies Latest reply on Sep 26, 2010 2:17 PM by p.parler

    vmware on Supermicro X8SIL-F - NIC problems

    p.parler Lurker

       

      Hello all,

       

       

      I am trying to get the VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi 4.1) up and running on the following server:

       

      • Supermicro X8SIL-F mainboard

      • Core i3-530 CPU

      • 8GB DDR3 memory

       

      The board has an dedicated IPMI LAN port and 2x Intel 82574L Gigabit Ethernet Controller, which is supported according to the compatibility list.

       

       

      After installing  the hypervisor, everything seems to be fine at first. I could migrate one of my VMs (Windows 2000) from the current VMvare Server 2.0.2 to the new platform and it starts normally.

       

       

      But if I start transferring data via network to the VM (i.e. copying a directory tree with lots of pictures), the ethernet connection stops working totally after a while. Neither the VM, nor the mangement console can be reached from the network (ping) and alsono connection from the local management console to the outside world is possible (i.e. ping to other server).

       

       

      Interesting is, that "ethtool vmnic0" outputs "Link detected: yes" before and "Link detected: no" after the loss of the network connection.

       

       

      The driver used is this (output of "ethtool -i vmnic0"):

       

       

      driver: e1000e

      version: 0.4.1.7.1-1vmw-NAPI

      firmware-version: 1.9-0

      bus-info: 0000:02:00.0

       

       

      I have already found this thread: http://communities.vmware.com/thread/256853, but even the IntMode=0,0,0,0 settingdid not help.

       

       

      Is there anything else I con try to solve this problem? Can I somehow make use of the original Intel driver (unfortunately, I can not compile the source for x86_64 myself).

       

       

      Any help is very appreciated!

       

       

      Regards,

      LF.