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Is it possible to either get ESXi 7 working with Intel 82576 network controller, or possible to still get a trial of ESXi 6.7?

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Hello, I recently signed up for a 60 day trial of the Product Evaluation Center for VMware vSphere 7.0. I have never used vSphere before, and am trying to learn it to expand my employment opportunities.

I have a Supermicro H8DGU-F, which has the Intel 82576 network controller. The server also has the Intel Gigabit ET2 Quad Port Server Adapter, and has the model E1G44ET2BLK listed on the label. Searching for that model brings up an ark.intel.com page for the ET2, and if it is the correct page for this model ("E1G44ET2BLK" is nowhere on the page, in spite of it being one of the top results when using it as the search term), then it also uses the Intel 82576 network controller.

During setup, I see the following errors:
nfs41client failed to load

vmfs3 failed to load

Util: 1338: Failed trying to get a valid VMKernel MAC address: not found [...] Add/configure VMKernel NICs

If I am interpreting the results of searching the VMware Compatibility Guide for "82576", this hardware will support only up to ESXi 6.7. Am I correct?

Assuming I cannot run ESXi 7, I guess I'd like to try the newest compatible version. I cannot find where to register to evaluate vSphere 6.7. Is it still possible to do this?

Looking forward to any assistance that can be provided. Thank you.

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Welcome to the Community,

I'm not sure about the driver, i.e. whether there is one available for v7.

However, it should still be possible to register for the ESXi 6.7 Hypervisor at https://my.vmware.com/en/web/vmware/evalcenter?p=free-esxi6

André

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Welcome to the Community,

I'm not sure about the driver, i.e. whether there is one available for v7.

However, it should still be possible to register for the ESXi 6.7 Hypervisor at https://my.vmware.com/en/web/vmware/evalcenter?p=free-esxi6

André

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That answers one of my questions, and is helpful. Thank you so much for your response. How were you able to find it?

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How were you able to find it?

It's in my collection of useful links.


André

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Aptly named collection. My server is currently installing ESXi 6.7.0. I will likely mark your first post as the 'correct answer', but will leave this thread open for a short period before I do.

In your opinion, is learning 6.7 a good use of my time, or would it be best to acquire newer hardware that can support 7 and to begin by learning that? Is it a correct assumption that there is more in common between the two versions than there are differences?I

Again, I thank you for your feedback. You've already been super helpful.

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Although version 7.0 comes with a couple of changes, enhancements, and new features (especially in vCenter Server), I still think that version 6.7 is still excellent for learning purposes. Depending on your hardware, you may even be able to install ESXi 7.0 as a virtual machine on the ESXi 6.7 host. Setting up a virtual environment on ESXi, or VMware Workstation is actually what a lot of people do to run home labs.


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Not sure if you'll read this, but hopefully this helps people in the future. This is the package that's required.

 

https://my.vmware.com/en/group/vmware/downloads/details?downloadGroup=DT-ESXI70-INTEL-IGBN-14110&pro...

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man, I love you! Works like a charm!

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