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.
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
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?
Download driver using this link: https://download3.vmware.com/software/vmw-tools/Intel-NUC-ne1000_0.8.4-3vmw.618.104.22.16869922-offline_...
Update using ESXi CLI:
esxcli software vib install -d "path of the zip uploaded to your datastore"
THANK YOU EVERYONE!
Looks like an issue with the missing driver in the ESXi ISO.
Download the offline bundle zip. Extract it. Take the vib and install it onto the ESXi. That might solve your issue.
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.
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.
Hi, sorry I saw this later. I followed the article and I assume the drivers are installed. Here is the output:
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.
Hi, unfortunately, even after successful deployment as per the output - I am only able to see single NIC.
Verification from SSH
Do I need to create the custom ISO?
Thank you very much for guiding me, please find the print screen:
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?
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.
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.
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;
2. Here is the output for :vmkchdev -l
Here is the onboard NIC