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      • 15. Re: ESXi 5.1 host accepts no network connetctions
        mikej2007 Novice

        OK, I'll join the party too.  I just got a Supermicro 1u w/ x7dca-l and 2 Xeon L5420's from ebay. I installed ESXi 5.1 with no problems until I needed to configure the management network.  It detects the presence of the network adapters, and also if I connect and disconnect the ethernet, however it cannot receive DHCP and if I configure a static, I can not ping anything. 

         

        Side note, if anybody has this system and has a loud fan noise issue, you can go into bios and change the fan setting to 3 pin workstation.  It decreased the RPM's from 10,000 RPM to about 8,000 RPM, while maintaining low CPU temps. 

        • 16. Re: ESXi 5.1 host accepts no network connetctions
          mikej2007 Novice

          Found possible solution in another thread.  I did not try yet, and not sure exactly how to, but see if this helps.

           

          Last 2 posts

          http://communities.vmware.com/message/2115151

           

          "

          esxcli software vib install -d /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/ESXi500-201207001.zip -n net-e1000e

          esxcli software vib install -d /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/ESXi500-201207001.zip -n net-e1000

           

           

          Use ESXi 5.0 drivers"

          • 17. Re: ESXi 5.1 host accepts no network connetctions
            rea1ity Novice

            As you can read following post URL it wrote the same issue.

            http://communities.vmware.com/message/2117785#2117785

            Hope reconized this issue who work in vmware so it could solve.

            • 18. Re: ESXi 5.1 host accepts no network connetctions
              mikej2007 Novice

              Here is the link for the drivers that are said to work from my previous post.  Give it a try and hope that helps.  I don't currently have access to my machine to try.

               

              VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch Release ESXi500-201207001

              http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2019107

              Direct link to file: https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/OFFLINE/release-346-20120706-638484/ESXi500-201207001.zip

               

              "

              esxcli software vib install -d /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/ESXi500-201207001.zip -n net-e1000e

              esxcli software vib install -d /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/ESXi500-201207001.zip -n net-e1000

               

               

              Use ESXi 5.0 drivers"

              • 19. Re: ESXi 5.1 host accepts no network connetctions
                rea1ity Novice

                Hi MikeJ,

                The post you linked, seemed to mismatch as this issue because this issue couldn't connection on network even shown the NIC on ESXi5.1

                So they change the driver it was used ESXi5.0 version instead ESXi 5.1 so it could problem solved.

                But this issue was some different the NIC driver compatible.

                Our server shown NIC on ESXi5.1 but It couldn't connect on network.

                This is not VLAN problem because it couldn't connect even if changed 4096 or not set the VLAN value.

                Hope you know it.

                • 20. Re: ESXi 5.1 host accepts no network connetctions
                  mikej2007 Novice

                  You are right, but the person with the issue also had a x7dca-l.  It's worth a try if you are desperate for a solution.  It can't hurt.

                   

                  Also, the 5.0 driver needing to be installed may not be the net-e1000e, it may be something else that needs to be researched.

                   

                  Edit:

                   

                  The driver name for the 82573L Gigabit Ethernet Controller (which is on the x7dca-l) is e1000e.o

                  http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/Hardware_support.php

                   

                  So I assume net-e1000e would do the trick.

                  • 21. Re: ESXi 5.1 host accepts no network connetctions
                    mikej2007 Novice

                    My friend, I have good news.  It took me hours of trial and error to get that zip file to the right location, but when I did, it was glorious.

                     

                    To sum things up, here is what you need to do.

                     

                    1) Download this file:
                    https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/OFFLINE/release-346-20120706-638484/ESXi500-201207001.zip

                     

                    2) Using your favorite method, get that file onto the hard drive that ESXi 5.1 is installed.  Put it in the following directory: /vmfs/volumes/datastore1

                     

                    -This part took me the longest.  After failing at other methods, I finally mounted my ESXi 5.1 hard drive onto a Windows machine (where I had the zip file downloaded).  Using file explorer, the ESXi hard drive only showed 4 folders, one of which was named "log".  I placed the zip file in the log folder.

                     

                    -When installing the ESXi hard drive back in my Supermicro (after booting up and pressing Alt+F1 to access shell) those 4 folders that were visible on Windows were located in the /scratch directory. So my zip file could be found in /scratch/log/

                     

                    -At this point I copied the zip file to /vmfs/volumes/datastore1

                    #cp /scratch/log/release-346-20120706-638484/ESXi500-201207001.zip /vmfs/volumes/datastore1

                    Just for good measure, while in the datastore1 directory, verify ownership is root and chmod 777 if you have problems with the next step.

                    Also verify the file size is the same from the source to the destination directory.

                     

                    3)Run the following command from ESXi 5.1 shell. (Alt+F1 to get to shell from ESXi menu)

                    esxcli software vib install -d /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/ESXi500-201207001.zip -n net-e1000e

                     

                    4)Reboot. (Alt+F2 to return to ESXi menu)

                     

                    5)Test network connections. (Success)

                    • 22. Re: ESXi 5.1 host accepts no network connetctions
                      rea1ity Novice

                      You good job to solve this issue.

                      I think this issue caused SR-IOV this feature implemented on ESXi5.1 first time so NIC driver on ESXi was changed the architecture as ESXi5.0 to ESXi5.1.

                      So If you are using 5.0 NIC driver, may you couldn't using SR-IOV feature.

                      • 23. Re: ESXi 5.1 host accepts no network connetctions
                        gsingle Lurker

                        Thanks for this. It worked great.

                         

                        Just a note to anyone doing this, you must give a fully qualified path to the ESXi ZIP file when you install the driver or you'll get an error. e.g.

                         

                        esxcli software vib install -d /vmfs/volumes/<datastore>/ESXi500-201207001.zip -n net-e1000

                         

                        You can't do this from the folder containing the ZIP file:

                         

                        esxcli software vib install -d ./ESXi500-201207001.zip -n net-e1000

                         

                        I just copied the ZIP file to a NFS datastore and installed it direct from there, no need to remove the VM bootdisk or connect to windows.

                        • 24. Re: ESXi 5.1 host accepts no network connetctions
                          rkb131313 Novice

                          dumb question, but i have exact same problem was ready to just give up and go back to esxi 5.0 where works fine.

                          but if don't have network access because trying to solve it with this very install, then in catch 22.

                           

                          only thing have is console access.

                           

                          i'm researching getting to a USB drive, or CDROM from command prompt (alt-f1) when boot esxi, where can mount the USB or CDROM, get to zip file and install.

                           

                          thanks

                          • 25. Re: ESXi 5.1 host accepts no network connetctions
                            gsingle Lurker

                            Easiest way is to fit any non-Intel NIC and configure it as an extra management interface. Most server type NIC's should work if you can find one. I happened to have 4 NIC's in my host and it was just the 2 Intel NIC's on my Supermicro motherboard that didn't work, so I was able to access NFS storage via my 2 operable Broadcom NIC's.

                             

                            This problem is very irritating. When I installed ESXi 5.1 I just happened to choose one of the Intel NIC's and then spent hours checking cables, switch port configs, LACP trunk settings and VLAN configs. It never occurred to me that VMware might have broken something as fundamental as the e1000 NIC driver. I only figured out what was going on when I moved the Management connection to one of my Broadcom NIC's and it suddenly started working.

                            • 26. Re: ESXi 5.1 host accepts no network connetctions
                              mikej2007 Novice

                              I had the same issue as you.  I spent a majority of my time trying to figure out how to get the zip file onto esxi without a network connection.  I tried to mount a usb flash drive, came very close, but failed.  Next tried a CD, came extremely close, but failed. Finally I took the hard drive, hooked it up to my Windows PC, and was able to drop the file on that way. I then had to copy it from the /scratch directory to the /vmfs/violumes/datastore directory (see my above post).

                               

                              - For USB, in ESXi shell, the usb is listed as a device, but can't be mounted in ESXi 5.

                              - I was able to mount the CD drive.  I could then read some ISO discs I had laying around.  However, when I burned the zip onto a blank CD (From my windows PC), I couldn't see the file (extremely frustrating).

                              • 27. Re: ESXi 5.1 host accepts no network connetctions
                                fearme Lurker

                                mikej,

                                 

                                In order to mount a USB volume in ESXI you must first stop the usbarbitrator service

                                 

                                /etc/init.d/usbarbitrator stop

                                 

                                The drive will then be mounted under the following:

                                 

                                /vmfs/volumes/NO NAME/

                                 

                                Note: You'll need to make sure that the drive is formatted in FAT16 and the partition is less than 2GB in size. Bit of a pain but it works just fine

                                • 28. Re: ESXi 5.1 host accepts no network connetctions
                                  igorle1 Lurker

                                  My Supermicro X7DCL has similar problem with ESxi 5.1 and I tried to work around by folloing your instruction. However, my esxi 5.1 hypervisor is installed on USB key (8GB) and no partitions (there are 4 partitions) has enough space to copy ~ 600Mb esxi 5.0 driver.

                                   

                                  Could you help me to solve this or give me the .iso file of esxi 5.1 that already has esxi 5.0's e1000 driver. Thank you in advance

                                  • 29. Re: ESXi 5.1 host accepts no network connetctions
                                    abergman89 Enthusiast

                                    I don't know if Supermicro and DELL is using the same components, but I had issues with a DELL M420 using the vanilla ISO from Vmware, DELL support advised us to try their own custom ISO and it worked well. The DELL ISO can be found here: http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/se/sv/sebsdt1/DriverDetails/Product/poweredge-m420?driverId=5GYKN&osCode=XI51&fileId=3102095257

                                     

                                    Can be worth a try.