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GMiller20111014
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Missing Intel 82541PI NIC

I just installed ESXi 4.1 in my home lab environment. I have 2 identical Intel 82541PI NIC cards but only one is showing up in the network adapters. The hypervisor seems to have found them when booting up:

~ # lspci | grep Ethernet
000:002:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller
000:003:05.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation 82541PI Gigabit Ethernet Controller [vmnic0]
000:003:06.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation 82541PI Gigabit Ethernet Controller [vmnic1]

ESX is using the e1000 driver. Is there an updated driver I should be using?

Thanks.

Gary

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MauroBonder
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Hi,

You can check which version of device driver is recommended by VMware at http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl

and download appropriate driver here http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_vsphere_hypervisor_esxi/4_0#drivers_t...


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MauroBonder
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Hi,

You can check which version of device driver is recommended by VMware at http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl

and download appropriate driver here http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_vsphere_hypervisor_esxi/4_0#drivers_t...


Please, don't forget the awarding points for "helpful" and/or "correct" answers. 

Mauro Bonder - Moderator

*Please, don't forget the awarding points for "helpful" and/or "correct" answers. *Por favor, não esqueça de atribuir os pontos se a resposta foi útil ou resolveu o problema.* Thank you/Obrigado
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GMiller20111014
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Mauro,

Thanks for the assist. It looks like my NIC is a PRO 1000 GT with a DID of 107C. It does not show up in the HCL but the Intel PRO 1000 PT with a DID of 107D does show up. Will that driver install for my NIC or should I just go out a purchase another NIC?

Gary

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MauroBonder
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May you can try install ESX3.5 U5, if have driver to apply in ESXi4.1 (i believe that haven´t) you can test. If you need use ESXi4.1 you will need change your network adapter to compatible hardware.

IntelIntel 82541PI Gigabit Ethernet ControllerNetwork
ESX 3.5 U5
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ESXi 3.5 Embedded U5
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ESXi 3.5 Embedded U3
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ESXi 3.5 Embedded U1
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ESXi 3.5 Installable U5
ESXi 3.5 Installable U4
ESXi 3.5 Installable U3
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ESX 3.0.3 U1
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*Please, don't forget the awarding points for "helpful" and/or "correct" answers. *Por favor, não esqueça de atribuir os pontos se a resposta foi útil ou resolveu o problema.* Thank you/Obrigado
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GMiller20111014
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OK, I'll just get a new NIC. Thanks again.

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