I have been trying to set up ESXi 3.5 on my HP Proliant DL140 (generation 1). It installs
without any problem but after booting shows the IP Address as 0.0.0.0 and only gives "factory reset"
as an option in the NIC config menu.
This server has dual Broadcom NetXtream BCM5704 Gigabit ethernet cards. After some searching
this chipset seems to be officially supported. After reading this I went into the unsupported command
line mode and did a lspci. The output looked somewhat like...
This leads me to believe that Esxi knows the cards exist (it labled them as vmnic0 and 1) but for some
reason cannot configure them. Have any of you had a similar problem?
P.S. I checked for BIOS updates and there were none avalible.
The lspci command show only the hardware attached... not the recognized hardware
What's the output of this command?
esxcfg-nics -l shows that there are no network interface cards present, however these
cards are on the compatablility list. Some additional searching turned up the possability
that this could be a problem with ACPI. I tried to disable it while installing but that caused
the installer to hang at the welcome screen. I think that ACPI is likely the problem as
the installer also had problems finding my IDE hard drives. I will do some more experimentation
and post back.