13 Replies Latest reply on Nov 4, 2012 11:26 AM by omerfaruksen

    Dell R720 and Broadcom network interface

    omerfaruksen Novice



      I have tried to install a new R720 server with 5.0 Update1 iso and it failed with "No network adapters"


      So I have decided to build a custom iso using


      1) Downloaded latest zip file ESXi500-201206001.zip from patch page of vmware

      2) Downoaded VMware ESXi 5.0 Driver zip (BCM-NetXtremeII-3.0-735414.zip) for Broadcom NetXtreme II Network/iSCSI/FCoE Driver Set  from https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/details?downloadGroup=DT-ESXi50-Broadcom-bnx2x-17254v502&productId=242#dt_version_history


      3) Created  a custome profile using following commands using power cli


         a) Add-EsxSoftwareeDepot -DepotURL "C:\vmware\BCM-NetXtremeII-3.0-offline_bundle-735414.zip"

         b)Add-EsxSoftwareeDepot -DepotURL "C:\vmware\BCM-NetXtremeII-3.0-offline_bundle-735414.zip"

         c) New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile "ESXi-5.0.0-20120604001-standard" -Name "custom2" -AcceptanceLevel CommunitySupported

         d) Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "custom2" -SoftwarePackage misc-cnic-register

              Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "custom2" -SoftwarePackage net-bnx2

              Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "custom2" -SoftwarePackage net-bnx2x

              Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "custom2" -SoftwarePackage net-cnic

             Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "custom2" -SoftwarePackage scsi-bnx2i

            Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "custom2" -SoftwarePackage scsi-bnx2fxc


         e)   compare-esximageprofile -comparisonprofile "custom2" -referenceprofile "ESXi-5.0.0-20120604001-standard"


      Equal               : False
      PackagesEqual       : False
      RefAcceptanceLevel  : PartnerSupported
      CompAcceptanceLevel : CommunitySupported
      OnlyInRef           : {}
      OnlyInComp          : {Broadcom_bootbank_scsi-bnx2fc_1.72.51.v50.1-1OEM.500.0.0
      UpgradeFromRef      : {Broadcom_bootbank_net-cnic_1.72.50.v50.1-1OEM.500.0.0.47
                            2560, Broadcom_bootbank_net-bnx2_2.2.1l.v50.1-1OEM.500.0.
                            0.472560, Broadcom_bootbank_scsi-bnx2i_2.72.10.v50.2-1OEM
                            .500.0.0.472560, Broadcom_bootbank_misc-cnic-register_1.7
      DowngradeFromRef    : {}





          f) Export-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile "custom2" -ExportToIso -FilePath "C:\Vmware\vmware4.iso"



      Thus I have created custom image with new driver embedded to iso file. But again I get "No network adapters". On console of the installation I have verified that my broadcom network interface are seen using lspci -v




      Is there something else i am missing? Can someone guide me on this.



      I have also read http://communities.vmware.com/message/2027325