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VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7.0 - Unable to add secondary uplink/use onboard NIC.

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Hi, this is my first time setting up ESXi hence please pardon me if I do not provide all the required details. I apologise beforehand.

I have a Dell Precision Workstation that is not part of the HCL. However, both of my NICs are certified as per the compatibility list. I am running VMware vSphere Hypervisor 7.0 free edition.

Here you can see both of the NICs being detected.

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Onboard NIC - Ethernet Connection I219-LM. I am able to see this in NIC in the system list but I am unable to add this as an uplink

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PCIe - Ethernet Server Adapter I210-T1. After installation, this NIC is where management interface starts automatically.

What am I doing wrong and How do I use both the NICs?

Thank you.

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parthmaniar
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Download driver using this link: https://download3.vmware.com/software/vmw-tools/Intel-NUC-ne1000_0.8.4-3vmw.670.0.0.8169922-offline_...

It supports:

  • 8086:0d4e - Ethernet Connection (10) I219-LM
  • 8086:0d4f - Ethernet Connection (10) I219-V
  • 8086:0d4c - Ethernet Connection (11) I219-LM
  • 8086:0d4d - Ethernet Connection (11) I219-V
  • 8086:0d53 - Ethernet Connection (12) I219-LM
  • 8086:0d55 - Ethernet Connection (12) I219-V
  • 8086:15fb - Ethernet Connection (13) I219-LM
  • 8086:15fc - Ethernet Connection (13) I219-V
  • 8086:15f9 - Ethernet Connection (14) I219-LM
  • 8086:15fa - Ethernet Connection (14) I219-V
  • 8086:15f4 - Ethernet Connection (15) I219-LM
  • 8086:15f5 - Ethernet Connection (15) I219-V
  • 8086:1a1e - Ethernet Connection (16) I219-LM
  • 8086:1a1f - Ethernet Connection (16) I219-V
  • 8086:1a1c - Ethernet Connection (17) I219-LM
  • 8086:1a1d - Ethernet Connection (17) I219-V

Update using ESXi CLI:

esxcli software vib install -d "path of the zip uploaded to your datastore"

THANK YOU EVERYONE!

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MasterWayZ
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Could you check under Networking --> Physical NICs and check if it is shown there?

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abhilashhb
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Looks like an issue with the missing driver in the ESXi ISO.

https://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2020/01/esxi-on-10th-gen-intel-nuc-frost-canyon.html

Download the offline bundle zip. Extract it. Take the vib and install it onto the ESXi. That might solve your issue.

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parthmaniar
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Hi, this is what I'm seeing:

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parthmaniar
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Hi, could you kindly guide me as to how do I build and image and where do I get a copy of the driver for Intel® Ethernet Connection I219-LM?

Thank you very much.

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abhilashhb
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You should get the offline bundle from here. Once you unzip it, you will find the vib file.

This thread will help you the steps to build a new image with the vib- ESXi 6.7 install failed due to missing network adapter although it is in the supported hardware list

In your case, you might have to reinstall the ESXi again with the new ISO as the steps in the article I provided and the offline bundle is only for 6.7. Hope that's okay.

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parthmaniar
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Hi, sorry I saw this later. I followed the article and I assume the drivers are installed. Here is the output:

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and

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I am rebooting the host now. I will let you know if this worked.

If you reckon the process is wrong itself, do let me know and I will look at the custom ISO.

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MasterWayZ
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I was already looking for a driver, but I was beaten to it.

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parthmaniar
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Hi, unfortunately, even after successful deployment as per the output - I am only able to see single NIC.

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Verification from SSH

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Do I need to create the custom ISO?

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Kev_Johnson
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Can you enable SSH on the host, then do both

esxcli network nic list

esxcli network vswitch standard list

and post the results?

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parthmaniar
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Thank you very much for guiding me, please find the print screen:

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I apologise but I am self-funded student and I need to get this system online as part of my final year assignment. Would it be easier to install 6.7 or some other version as opposed to the latest version?

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MasterWayZ
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It could be.. I thought it would work with the ne1000 drivers.

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Robuea
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parthmaniar
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I am going to try using VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.7 Update 3 and get back here. If anyone has other suggestions, please do help me out.

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a_p_
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What may help determine what's wrong, is to find out the exact hardware IDs (VID, DID, ...), and compare them against the VMware HCL.

See e.g. https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/1031534​ for how to get that info.


André

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abhilashhb
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Yes that would help or it might also work if you inject the vib into the ISO and reinstall it. It's surely a known issue with the on-board NIC that you are using.

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parthmaniar
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Hi, thank you for helping me out. As per the article to check for network interfaces I used the command:

1. esxcfg-nics -l

Output was a single NIC;

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2. Here is the output for :vmkchdev -l

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Here is the onboard NIC

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parthmaniar
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Hi, could you help me with the driver you'd want me to check with?

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parthmaniar
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With 6.7 update 3 the NIC is still not being detected.

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a_p_
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That model isn't listed in the VMware Compatibility Guide - I/O Device Search at all!? You can filter the list using the IDs on the right.

André

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