olympia5r5
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Cannot find driver for Intel® Ethernet Controller i225-V to install esxi7.0U2a on NUC11PAHi5

Is there any driver for "Intel® Ethernet Controller i225-V" to install esxi7.0U2a on NUC11PAHi5 ?

i managed to create customized iso from the following but still detect "no network adapter" during installation

VMware-ESXi-7.0U2a-17867351-depot.zip

Net-Community-Driver_1.2.0.0-1vmw.700.1.0.15843807_18028830.zip

Please kindly advise

 

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olympia5r5
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Hi, just for sharing. i managed to install and setup the Esxi. But noticed this behaviour,  not sure is it due to the network adapter driver. i cannot find the network adapter driver for Intel i225-V on Esxi. i was using "net-community" and always need to reboot NUC twice to use it.

Below is the scripts to create iso:

Add-EsxSoftwareDepot C:\nuc-esxi\VMware-ESXi-7.0U3-18644231-depot.zip
Add-EsxSoftwareDepot C:\nuc-esxi\Net-Community-Driver_1.2.0.0-1vmw.700.1.0.15843807_18028830.zip

New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile "ESXi-7.0U3-18644231-standard" -name "ESXi-7.0U3-18644231-NUC" -Vendor "native"

Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "ESXi-7.0U3-18644231-NUC" -SoftwarePackage "net-community"

Export-ESXImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi-7.0U3-18644231-NUC" -ExportToISO -filepath C:\nuc-esxi\ESXi-7.0U3-18644231-NUC.iso -NoSignatureCheck

 

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ahafiz89
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I have the same issue. Using the same script and driver. 

My solution is to sideload the USB fling driver + the “net-community” driver. Plug in the USB ethernet adapter on my NUC, and it detected both of my network adapter. 

If i restart and remove the USB ethernet, the network card is not detected as well unless if i plug in back the USB ethernet adapter., both are visible from the esxi console. Weird bug or issue. 

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Rivolity
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I have used a tool called "ESXi-Customizer-v2.7.2" to create a custom Image of esxi latest version 7.0U3g, and until now i have no problem.
I will try to implement complex scenarios to check if I will lose the NIC.
you can reply on the same message if you need more help on how to use the tool.

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margaridabrito
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Hi,

I want to buy a NUC and I also want to avoid networkcards without vmware drivers.

I've check in https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?deviceCategory=io&details=1&partner=46&dev...

and I notice that ESXi version8 has a driver for i225-V networkcard.

Did you try to install this version?

Please give the feedback.

Thank you in advance,

MBrito

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Rivolity
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It has been released two days ago, so no, I did not give it a try.
It worked well with the custom image that i've set with ESXI 7.0 update 2a.
But I've encountered a problem with my SAS controller H310 DELL, that is no longer supported by ESXI > 6.7, and I had no attention to buy a new one just to support the new product, so I've changed the solution to Proxmox since it support every HBA.

I'I'm using the HBA controller to pass through the hypervisor to my TrueNas VM to the 4HDD.

You can use the esxi 8.0 or even the 7.0 custom image, it all depends on all your hardwares.

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