Failed to load vmfs3 in ESXi 4.1 U3

Failed to load vmfs3 in ESXi 4.1 U3

On Console Error says similar to: No compatible network adapter found

I recently faced issue with my ESXi server , when suddendly one of my ESXI server went to not-responding state and VMs were unreachable. I was able to access the server only from console only not via ssh or vi cleint . I checked in Tech support i was able to see error message as " failed to load vmfs3" , unable to load lvmdriver.

esxcfg-nics -l  command was not giving any output.

I removed the ESX from VCS , brought back the VMs on another host as host was running production servers.

I checked the article " " for same issue which only talks about re-installing the ESXI server using HP customised image , but here my ESXi was installed using the same iso only.

I had issue been fixed on the ESX without re-installing . Re-installation didn’t really worked to fix the issue. As here my NIC drivers was creating issue and also vmfs module was not loading.Attached is the error screenshot.


Disabled the NIC from BIOS and then loaded all the modules using the HP customized image. Then i re-enabled the NIC from BIOS and cold boot the ESX to reflect the missing nic drivers and vmfs module. After boot i was able to see ESX version as same ESXi 4.1 U3.

Let me know if anyone have any concerns.

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