Perhaps a follow up. I'm trying to find a way to convert the Intel driver into a VIB. Is there a way to do that outside of Linux or ESXi? Has anyone had luck with the Intel I218-V? Is there a repository of customized ISOs I could browse?
Got the exact same problem.
Customized VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.5.0.update01-1623387.x86_64.iso with everything under the sun, didn't work.
Thinking it had to do with driver compatibility, I also tried customizing VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.1.0.update02-1483097.x86_64.iso to no avail.
16GB DDR3-1600 RAM
Thinking of bying a supported NIC.
Did you find a solution?
No answers yet. I actually just installed Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V and hit the same problem - no driver for the NIC. Perhaps the mobo/NIC is still too new?
I came to the same conclusion on the supported NIC - now just to find an inexpensive supported NIC.
Still hoping to find a solution to the driver issue on ESXi
I even got to the point thinking the motherboard had the network component broken.
To test that I tried installing a debian OS with a live cd I created one year ago. Same problem, no network device.
I created the latest debian live and the network card was identified and a driver successfully installed.
That means the card is new.I was able to run lspci while on linux. The device identifier is 15a1.That id can be found in e1000e-3.0.4.tar.gz used for customizing the iso.
Here is the content from pci.updates
15a1 Ethernet Connection (2) I218-V
Customizing with tgz is deprecated. Maybe that has something to do with it not working.
Without knowing any ESXi internals, I expect the damn thing to be identified.
I'll continue to search a solution, will post updates when I make progress. Please do the same
I'm in the same boat as you guys.
32GB DDR3-1600 RAM
Did anyone try an alternate supported NIC, to see if the rest of the board is supported?
I guess this is just the drawback to trying to go for the latest hardware.
I ordered the Intel PRO/1000 CT. Not cheap, but definitely cheaper than other Intel cards. Oh man, went beyond budget againAccording to the german amazon comments it works out of the box with ESXi 5.5It will be delivered tomorrow. Will follow up.
Received my Intel PRO/1000 CT network card today.
With it, I got past the 'No network adapters found' issue. No problems so far, the Samsung SSD detected, no driver issues there. Installation still in progress though
This is madness. We have piles of NICs here, including ones with 8039 / 8139 chipsets, 3Com cards etc. etc. These are really really common cards, and not having drivers built into the install pack is a gross oversight that fundamentally undermines the idea of demo software. I have the morning to investigate using this software: so far I have wasted most of it endlessly rebooting the installer to be told "No network card". I have never, ever, come across on O/S before that doesn't support these basic, almost universal cards. Another case of a company becoming too big & successful to understand the needs of it's customers?
I don't know the reason behind this, but vmware are deprecating drivers for older hardware with every release. I suspect it has to do with keeping the install base small.
They do maintain the hardware compatibility list, that's their take it or leave it contract. I couldn't say it's inaccurate, however I have a network card that's supported and it's not in that list. I needed other sources to make sure I don't do the wrong purchase.
The product being free of charge, most probably we can complain at our own expense It's kinda the right thing.
I hope the paying folk have it better.
in a previous post I mentioned that the samsung ssd was visible. Well, I didn't get to boot it after a successful instalation of esxi on it and from that point on the motherboard started acting strangely, not booting from anything. Had to run the jumper bios reset.
After that I installed anew from the stock iso onto a usb stick and was able to boot from it. No storage adapters were visible though, therefore my samsung ssd was not present in the list.
Here are the steps I took to solve it.
In UEFI BIOS, Advanced>Storage PCH there's an option (storage type something) with 3 possible values: RAID, IDE, AHCI. Chose AHCI. Rebooted the hypervisor.
Followed VMware Front Experience: How to make your unsupported SATA AHCI Controller work with ESXi 5.5 (the first 3 commands) and that installed the required drivers nicely.
I am now able to install VMs onto the SSD.
Preparing my Nobel Prize nomination letter, advising the committee to add Andreas Peetz for next year's peace prize face-off.
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Nice workaround - and it's good the rest of the mobo is supported. Not sure I want to pick up a separate NIC, though. Maybe I'll hold out to see if a different/newer version of the I218-V driver works, or if anyone else has ideas. I miss not having VMware, but Hyper-V is working well enough for my needs, and I can spare the overhead for the moment.
I'm also going to futz around with trying to turn the driver into a VIB, and keep scouring the other virtualization forums.
I just got my Intel card today. Looking forward to dropping it into my server and getting ESXi up and running.
I also have a nice 512GB M.2 MSATA card to install, too.
I think I have the solution.
Last year I decided to replace my aging Linux server with a Home Virtualization Server ("White Box"). Previous work required me to evaluate various virtualization options (Xen, ESXi, Hyper-V, etc) and I had selected VMware as best of breed for my customer. Thus I decided on 5.5 for my home machine as well.
Procrastination being a good friend (oh, and I got married), I finally got around to this project in May. Wanting a "cutting-edge" system that would last me several years into the future, I purchased an Intel i7-4790S and ASRock Extreme6. Imagine my surprise when I learned that neither one of my two on-board NICs (I218-V and Realtek RTL8111GR) was supported! Further research indicated that there were no recent Community drivers for these NICs available. The old ones I found all failed. So I purchased the Intel EXPI9301 (~$30) just to get ESXi to install.
After more research, I learned that some people were having success building their own drivers for ESXi. I decided to give this a shot, as it appeared fairly straight-forward and I want a second NIC.
I was mistaken. Building an ESXi driver is non-trivial. I found and followed the excellent guide from "trickstarter" and that helped greatly:
So, after much frustration, cursing, late nights, and red wine, I compiled an e1000e driver from the latest SourceForge code that seems to run OK on my Extreme6 / I218-V (see attached).
The usual disclaimers apply: use at your own risk, no warranties implied or given, etc. I'm putting it out there hoping it can help someone. According to the PCI ID file, it should support the following:
1049 82566MM Gigabit Network Connection
104a 82566DM Gigabit Network Connection
104b 82566DC Gigabit Network Connection
104c 82562V 10/100 Network Connection
104d 82566MC Gigabit Network Connection
105e 82571EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller
105f 82571EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller
1060 82571EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller
107d 82572EI Gigabit Ethernet Controller
107e 82572EI Gigabit Ethernet Controller
107f 82572EI Gigabit Ethernet Controller
108b 82573V Gigabit Ethernet Controller
108c 82573E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
1096 80003ES2LAN Gigabit Ethernet Controller
1098 80003ES2LAN Gigabit Ethernet Controller
109a 82573L Gigabit Ethernet Controller
10a4 82571EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller
10a5 82571EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Fiber)
10b9 82572EI Gigabit Ethernet Controller
10ba 80003ES2LAN Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Copper)
10bb 80003ES2LAN Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Serdes)
10bc 82571EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Copper)
10bd 82566DM-2 Gigabit Network Connection
10bf 82567LF Gigabit Network Connection
10c0 82562V-2 10/100 Network Connection
10c2 82562G-2 10/100 Network Connection
10c3 82562GT-2 10/100 Network Connection
10c4 82562GT 10/100 Network Connection
10c5 82562G 10/100 Network Connection
10cb 82567V Gigabit Network Connection
10cc 82567LM-2 Gigabit Network Connection
10cd 82567LF-2 Gigabit Network Connection
10ce 82567V-2 Gigabit Network Connection
10d3 82574L Gigabit Network Connection
10d5 82571PT Gigabit PT Quad Port Server ExpressModule
10d9 82571EB Dual Port Gigabit Mezzanine Adapter
10da 82571EB Quad Port Gigabit Mezzanine Adapter
10de 82567LM-3 Gigabit Network Connection
10df 82567LF-3 Gigabit Network Connection
10e5 82567LM-4 Gigabit Network Connection
10ea 82577LM Gigabit Network Connection
10eb 82577LC Gigabit Network Connection
10ef 82578DM Gigabit Network Connection
10f0 82578DC Gigabit Network Connection
10f5 82567LM Gigabit Network Connection
10f6 82574L Gigabit Network Connection
1501 82567V-3 Gigabit Network Connection
150c 82583V Gigabit Network Connection
1525 82567V-4 Gigabit Network Connection
153a Ethernet Connection I217-LM
153b Ethernet Connection I217-V
1559 Ethernet Connection I218-V
155a Ethernet Connection I218-LM
15a0 Ethernet Connection (2) I218-LM
15a1 Ethernet Connection (2) I218-V
15a2 Ethernet Connection (3) I218-LM
15a3 Ethernet Connection (3) I218-V
294c 82566DC-2 Gigabit Network Connection