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      • 90. Re: ESXi 5.5 ASUS H97M Plus, Intel I218-V "No Network Adapters" Error
        zorfy Novice

        Hi guys,

         

        I'm still having this problem with esxi 6.0u2. I checked the compatibility and it shows this network adapter as being compatible from version 5.5u3 to 6.0u2. But I still get the same error with no network adapter.

         

        Built:

        Asus b85m-gamer motherboard

        4gb ram dd3

        e3-1280v3

        intel corporation ethernet connection 2 I218-v Class 0200: 8086:15a1

         

        I tried injecting older versions of the drivers that I found online, but to no avail.

        • 91. Re: ESXi 5.5 ASUS H97M Plus, Intel I218-V "No Network Adapters" Error
          lopezal1 Enthusiast
          vExpert

          zorfy - When are you receiving this error and are you using a customized ESXi ISO or the OEM default from VMware?  As of version 5.5U3 release, the e1000e driver was reintroduced into the default OEM image from VMware so there should be no need to add anything extra.  The latest ESXi 6.0 Us ISO includes the following driver for that NIC (I218-V) so everything should work.

           

          According to the compatibility guide, it is supported but there is actually a newer version.  Instead of version "2.5.4-6vmw", the latest is version "3.2.2.1-1vmw"

          2016-11-10_10-04-27.png

           

          If you have a current installation, you can SSH into your host and run either if the following:

           

          esxcli software vib list

           

          Look for net-e1000e...

          2016-11-10_10-22-11.png

           

          esxcli software vib get -n net-e1000e

           

          you should see the following details...

          2016-11-10_10-23-43.png

          • 92. Re: ESXi 5.5 ASUS H97M Plus, Intel I218-V "No Network Adapters" Error
            zorfy Novice

            Hi lopzal1,

             

            The esxi is not installed, i could not get pass the installation. I receive the network adapter error after the install loads up.

             

            This is very strange because my NIC should be supported by the latest ESXi images.

             

            I thought that there is something wrong with the integrated NIC, and the motherboard does not see it, so to test this i installed windows 7, and there is no problem with it. The motherboard also has the latest version of firmware on it.

             

            I tried installing 5.5u3, 6.0, 6.0u1 and 6.0u2 (with no modifications) and i also tried injecting ( using vmware power shell) the older 2.5.4-6vmw drivers in the mentioned images, but still noting.

             

            Is there any workaround for this ?

             

            Thanks

            • 93. Re: ESXi 5.5 ASUS H97M Plus, Intel I218-V "No Network Adapters" Error
              lopezal1 Enthusiast
              vExpert

              zorfy - OK I think I may have stumbled upon something here, but first would like to know where you obtained your specs that identify your onboard NIC as being an I218-V?

               

              I did some quick research, and from what I was able to gather, your onboard NIC is not an Intel I218-V but rather a Qualcomm Atheros "Killer E2200".  This would explain why the NIC is not detected because it is not supported.  You have a few options though if this is your only system...

               

              1. Purchase a supported Intel PCI-E Network adapter and plug it into your motherboard. (Recommended)
              2. Create a customized ESXi ISO and inject the net-atl1 and/or net-atl1e drivers which may detect the NIC.  These 2 drivers don't officially show any support for that NIC but they are the only Atheros drivers I could find.  I've included them both below if you manually want to inject them.

               

              If you are unfamiliar with creating your own customized ESXi 6.0 ISO, I have attached the link to a video I made last year which goes over the process using ESXi-Customizer-PS created by peetz from http://v-front.de.

               

              My Blog Video: https://ithinkvirtual.com/videos/create-a-custom-esxi-image-with-esxi-customizer-ps-script/

              or directly from my youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_-jNxf-xPU

               

              If you decide to use the method detailed in the video to load the attached drivers by pulling them directly from the repository, you would use the following parameters:

               

              -v60 -vft -load net-atl1,net-atl1e -nsc

               

              if you downloaded the files instead, place them into a directory named "pkg", then your parameters would be:

               

              -v60 -pkgDir <path-do-folder> -nsc

               

              Keep me posted.

               

              -Alex

              • 94. Re: ESXi 5.5 ASUS H97M Plus, Intel I218-V "No Network Adapters" Error
                zorfy Novice

                I found out what the NIC is by following this procedure:

                 

                Network cards not detected on an ESXi/ESX host (1034782) | VMware KB

                 

                I also tried creating a custom image with the drivers you recommended.

                 

                PowerCLI C:\users\catalin\downloads> ./esxi-customizer-ps-v2.4.ps1 -v60 -vft -load net-atl1,net-atl1e -nsc

                Script to build a customized ESXi installation ISO or Offline bundle using the VMware PowerCLI ImageBuilder snapin
                (Call with -help for instructions)

                Logging to C:\Users\Catalin\AppData\Local\Temp\ESXi-Customizer-PS.log ...

                Running with PowerShell version 5.1 and VMware vSphere PowerCLI 5.1 Release 1 build 793510

                Connecting the VMware ESXi Online depot ... [OK]

                Connecting the V-Front Online depot ... [OK]

                Getting Imageprofiles, please wait ... [OK]

                Using Imageprofile ESXi-6.0.0-20161004001-standard ...
                (dated 10/14/2016 11:38:07, AcceptanceLevel: PartnerSupported,
                For more information, see http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2147330.)

                Load additional VIBs from Online depots ...
                  Add VIB net-atl1 2.1.3-1 [New AcceptanceLevel: CommunitySupported] [OK, added]
                  Add VIB net-atl1e 1.0.1.14-1 [OK, added]

                Exporting the Imageprofile to 'C:\users\catalin\downloads\ESXi-6.0.0-20161004001-standard-customized.iso'. Please be patient ...

                All done.


                However... it still did not work, I got the same error.

                • 95. Re: ESXi 5.5 ASUS H97M Plus, Intel I218-V "No Network Adapters" Error
                  lopezal1 Enthusiast
                  vExpert

                  zorfy, thanks for letting me know.  It was a shot-in-the-dark chance that it might work with those drivers but I had a feeling that it wouldn't since they are not meant for the E2200 NIC that your board has.  Somehow the method you used to determine the NIC gave you an incorrect result. 

                   

                  Your only option now, if you'd like to use that board, is to purchase a supported PCI-E network adapter/card and disregard the onboard.  Once you plug in the supported card and run the installer, it will detect a NIC present. 

                   

                  I sent you a cheap single-port Intel (82574L) card link from amazon in the previous message.  I can confirm that it works as I also have one in one of my "whitebox" hosts.  There are also other options if you'd like to have more than a single port such as a dual-port Intel (82576) card.  Both suggestions are gigabit cards, and I use them both in one of my systems.  I'd suggest grabbing these and trying again.  If you do so, please report back and let me know.

                   

                  -Alex

                  • 96. Re: ESXi 5.5 ASUS H97M Plus, Intel I218-V "No Network Adapters" Error
                    zorfy Novice

                    Thanks Alex,

                     

                    I'll buy a new card in this case, I hope it will work

                    • 97. Re: ESXi 5.5 ASUS H97M Plus, Intel I218-V "No Network Adapters" Error
                      ranxueruo Lurker

                           Can you open the four posts you listed in 39th floor.

                           thanks

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