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VMware ESXI 5.5: NIC driver for Realtek RTL8106E

Hi,

I am trying to install VMware ESXI 5.5 OS on physical computer but it gives error that "unable to find network adapter" and asks for reboot. By searching on internet, I came across symptoms of this error the VMware ESXI support limited network adapters. I know that it does not support Realttek 8106E adapter but I wanted to ask is there any driver (.vib) that is available that I can inject in ESXI OS ISO file which can support the mentioned network adapter. Thanks

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msripada
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Hello

You can try the steps in the community article

Realtek RTL8111/8168 drivers

Install ESXi 5.5 with Realtek 8111/8168 NIC | TinkerTry IT @ Home

Thanks,

MS

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Nope it doesn't work, I tried injecting the following file "VMware_bootbank_net-r8168_8.013.00-3vmw.510.0.0.799733" but it is giving same error. Now I am thinking maybe my network adapter is not supported and also there is no external driver available for this network adapter

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msripada
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Possibility of the network adapter not being supported is one reason or the vib does not support the network adapter.

thanks,

MS

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Yes! network adapter originally is not supported and vib also does not support the installed adapter. Thanks for the help anyways

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