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    Nested ESXi 6.5, Auto Deploy, and VMXNET3

    iehrenwaldHBG Novice

      I am playing with a test lab and have run into a weird problem and was hoping someone could point me in the right direction.

       

      I have a physical ESXi 6.5U1 host that I am deploying nested ESXi 6.5U1 VMs into.  These nested VMs have 4 x VMXNET3 interfaces.  If I boot the nested VMs from the ESXi installation ISO, the installer is happy and I can proceed with a manual installation.  If I PXE boot the nested VMs to pass off to Auto Deploy (which is running on VCSA on the physical ESXi 6.5U1 host), the installer complains that there are no compatible NICs installed in the system.  If I change the NIC type in the nested VMs to E1000, the Auto Deploy proceeds without fatal errors about missing NICs.

       

      So, my question is, why isn't the VMXNET3 driver getting used when I boot/install from network?  I actually see it getting brought down from the Auto Deploy server when watching the ESXi bootup screen.  I've tried various builds of the 6.5 offline bundle in my Auto Deploy Software Depot, from GA to U1, with the same results.  It must be something I am inadvertently doing.

       

      Has anyone else run into this or have ideas?

       

      Thanks.

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