Hokhori
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Network card BCM5751

Hi everybody, 

I bought a BCM5751 NIC because on the compatibility site of VMWare they told that this card is compatible with Esxi 6.7 https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?deviceCategory=sptg

The card is listed in the hardware and in lspci command. 

I use the correct version of tg3 drivers. 

The think i found strange is that the module tg3 is not active and load at boot. I have to active it and even if i doe, it doesn't find any NIC compatible. 

For information, i use a classic workstation for homelab, i'm not using a server. 

If somoene already faced this problem, please help me ^^' 

Thank you 

 

 

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e_espinel
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Hello.
Please run the following commands and report the results in this post.
# escli network nic list

To get the driver and Firmware of a specific Nic (vmnicX)
# esxcli network nic get -n vmnicX
where X is the number that corresponds to the vmnic we are looking for

# esxcli system module list | grep tg3

 

 

Enrique Espinel
Senior Technical Support IBM, Lenovo and VMware vSphere.
VMware VSP-SV, VTSP-SV, VTSP-HCI
VMware VTSP 4, VTSP 5.
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Hokhori
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Hello sir, 

My network card doesn't appear in the command escli network nic list

When i use the esxcli system module list | grep tg3 i only receive ntg3 driver like i said before, i have to activate manually tg3 drivers...

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e_espinel
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Hello.
the broadcom netxtreme bcm5751 card is usually provided by server manufacturers like IBM Lenovo, Dell or HP. Can you please indicate the p/n or FRU of the card (a screenshot of the card label if possible).

Execute the following commands and get the results
# lspci -v | grep -A1 -i ethernet
# esxcli software vib list |grep tg3
# esxcli system module list | grep tg3

If the above commands show that we have the tg3 driver then we can try the following
# esxcfg-module -e tg3

restart the ESXi host

verify with
# escli network nic list

 

 

Enrique Espinel
Senior Technical Support IBM, Lenovo and VMware vSphere.
VMware VSP-SV, VTSP-SV, VTSP-HCI
VMware VTSP 4, VTSP 5.
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Hokhori
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Hello,

Iv'e bought this card directly on Amazon. 

Here the result of the manipulation. After reboot nothing change.

esxi1.PNG

esxi2.PNG

After the reboot, i check the module system tg3 is missing. 

esxi3.PNG

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e_espinel
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Hello.
I see no other way but to update the firmware of the BCM5751 card.

 

Enrique Espinel
Senior Technical Support IBM, Lenovo and VMware vSphere.
VMware VSP-SV, VTSP-SV, VTSP-HCI
VMware VTSP 4, VTSP 5.
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