4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 5, 2019 12:06 AM by PepePeng

    No traffic throughput after Firmware (bios-main-board) update

    PepePeng Lurker

      Hi - it's my first time here - so sorry for any mistakes

       

      Baseline:

      - System is ESXi with 6.5.0 Update 2 (Build 13635690)

      - 3x Nics (1x onboard and 2x Intel I210-T1 GbE (id 1533))

       

      The system war running fine for about half a year - but after a bios main-board update the two Intel nics stoped operation.

       

      As you still can see, both nics (vmnic1 and vmnic2) looks good.

      Each of this nics is part of a virtual switch (vSwitch0 is linked with vmnic0 and the management link - and works fine)

      And finally the view on the port groups

      PS: View with started (test)VMs

       

      All VMs in port-group "VM Network" are working fine and are able to connect to the rest of the world.

       

      When ever I link a VM to port-group "External Network" or "GasrNetz Network", the VMs can talk to each other within the port-group, but are unable to but any traffic via the nics (e.g. from port-group "External Network" to "GasrNetz Network" members). The link-state on the nic itself is fine - also the traffic led is flashing - but no throughput.

       

      Things I did to solve the issue:

      - Upgrade to the latest version

      - I removed both Intel nics, reboot without the nics, build in the nics once again

      - I deleted the port-group and configured a new one

       

      There is not much to configure for the nics (and port-groups and VSwitches). So if there is a working way to delete these part and after a reboot ESXi belives there are two brand new nics - that's fine for me as well.

       

      Update 1:

      Maybe the view from test VM helps. As you can see, the test system is sending (trying to find someone) - but is not receiving "anything".

      Also the view on the ESXi monitoring shows no traffic

       

      Update 2:

      Also the following configuration with two port-groups on one nic is working in the way, that VM1 can talk to vm2 - but both not to the other devices in the same IP range (vmnic2 is connected via a hardware switch to the rest of the network). All other VMs on nic0 are facing no issues.

       

      Looking forward for any helpful feedback.

      PS: Please keep in mind - I'm not an ESXi expert

       

      Thank you in advance

        • 1. Re: No traffic throughput after Firmware (bios-main-board) update
          a.p. Guru
          User ModeratorsCommunity WarriorsvExpert

          Welcome to the Community,

           

          how does the physical network look like. What type/model of switch do you use, and how are the ports - to which the ESXi host is connected -  configured.

           

          ... but are unable to but any traffic via the nics (e.g. from port-group "External Network" to "GasrNetz Network" members).

          Routing etc. needs to be configured on the physical network in order for two subnets (which I assume you are using here) can talk to each other.

           

          André

          • 2. Re: No traffic throughput after Firmware (bios-main-board) update
            PepePeng Lurker

            Hi Andre,

            if I got you right, you are looking the the direction of the external switch.

             

            Both test VMs are part of one network range (192.168.56.112 and 192.168.56.113). As long as these test VMs are part of the same port-group or same vSwitch --> all is fine.

            If I move one test VM to "External Network" (vmnic2) and the other to "GastNetz Network" (vmnic1), they stop talking. In this setup, both nic Ports are connected to a unmanaged (hardware)test switch. And even if I use a direct cable between the two nics --> no traffic.

             

            The only nic with throughput is the vmnic0 - where currently all my VMs are running.

             

            For me - key question is --> what is stopping the traffic to pass vmnic1 or vmnic2.

             

            I hope that answers helps - if not - let me please know.

             

            Kind regards

            Pepe

            • 3. Re: No traffic throughput after Firmware (bios-main-board) update
              a.p. Guru
              User ModeratorsvExpertCommunity Warriors

              Is one of the two VMs able to access an IP address on the physical network, once you place them on the separate port groups?

               

              André

              • 4. Re: No traffic throughput after Firmware (bios-main-board) update
                PepePeng Lurker

                Sorry for delay.

                 

                Not sure what you mean with "on the separate port groups", but when ever a VM wants to communicate via one of the two Intel nics - no communication/traffic flow.

                 

                As mentioned before - I'm happy to delete the two nics and the relevant port-groups/vswitches and build all new. But if you just remove the nics - reboot - put the nics back in - the is no difference. I believe there is something stored in a config file. Any idea how to do a clean reconfiguration?

                 

                PS: If possible, I would like to keep my working on-borad nic an that setup

                 

                Kind regards

                Pepe