Win 2003 x64 ESXi Network Drivers


I wonder if anybody can help? I have installed a copy of WIndows Server 2003 Standard x64 onto our ESXi server.

The host itself is a Dell Poweredge 2950 2xQuad Xeon with 8GB of RAM.
ESXi version is 3.5. It runs 5 other virtual machines happily. They are as follows:

2x WIndows NT 4.0 VMs
2x WIndows 2000 Server VMs
1x Windows 2003 Standard Edition x32

I have finished the x64 install and installed VMWare Tools. All other devices are functioning fine - just the network card is not recognised.

ANyone have any ideas? I don't have much experience with ESXi!

Thanks in advance,

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From device manager of the 2003 x64 server are there network cards listed?

could try deleting it and Scan for new hardware.

See vm community similar problem:
ollygdAuthor Commented:

Thanks for getting back to me. It is listed in device manager as "Ethernet Controller" albiet as the standard yellow question mark with the exclemation mark over the top.

If I uninstall the device and then scan for hardware changes it comes back and prompts for a driver - which does not seem to be available.

Ill try the method described in the link you provided.


ollygdAuthor Commented:
I've found a solution after all! See here:

Works just fine.

Thanks for your help anyway!

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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
I found this KB Article very useful.
Thank You, ollygd
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