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Connecting to ESXi Embedded hosts in IBM Bladecenter HS22v

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How do you connect to ESXi embedded host in a bladecenter hs22v? it has a BNT switch wihich i think my switch got it to working with traffic going out the chassis. but i'm still not seeing my hosts. just like i do on a stand alone server, i go to the direct console and input my ip info...but i get nothing...even if i let it go dhcp...it does not see the network...on the internal bnt switch it is showing the ports are up and operational. i can ping the chassis modules but not the hosts in the blade chassis.
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do the hosts get an ip address via dhcp?

select network management in the esx management console do you see any nics, and mac addresses as connected, also make sure no vlans are selected unless using vlan tagging, and make sure there is an x in the box to connect the nic.

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Not using the onboard broadcom  built-in nics... we are using emulex virtual nics as an expansion card...but I don't see them either in the direct console...but you made me think about something...I can see the the emulex nics in the UEFI before booting, but once booted up I don't see the nics or Mac addresses under network management network adapters. I'm guessing I should see those nics show up there as well correct.
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if you do not see any nics or mac addresses in the ESXi console to select, they are not supported.

what version of esxi are you using?
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4.1 and they are supported so would it be a dumb thing to think just cause I see them in the bios under system settings that doesn't necessarily mean the drivers are installed for the nics.
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the hs22v is on the HCL for ESXi 4.1.

but if it server is not displaying any mac addresses or nics in console, it does have not support for those nics.

do you know what emulex network cards they are?
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your not using a Blade Engine 2 or 3 controller?
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I think you may need to download a drivers cdrom from here for your VFAs, Blade Engine 2


ESX/ESXi 4.0, 4.1
v2.102.404.0
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/details/dt_esx_esxi4x_emulex_21024040/ZHcqYmRAZXdidGR3
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this may also be applicable to you.....because you might get difficulty in applying them!

http://communities.vmware.com/thread/278074
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The card in the blades are a emulex virtual fabric adapter expansion card...not using any blade engine controllers...the more I think about it...I'm thinking I really don't have a driver or something installed. I just assumed cause I saw them in the bios the driver was there...but as I said when in the direct console I see nothing but the vmnic0 and vmnic1 which we are not using.
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did you checkout the VMware Forum link?
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aparantly the drivers maybe the same as used for Blade engine 2 and 3.
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the driver module that is being loaded is the lpfc820.
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that's on the HCL.

But that's a Fibre Channel driver for storage!

http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/io_reports.php?deviceCategory=io
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normally, I've seen Emulex NICs using the be2net.o driver module.
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yeah wrong driver...i wrote down the wrong thing....so now i'm not sure what driver is being used. so if i'm using ESXi 4.1, since i have a limited console besides the tech support mode...how can i find out what nic drivers are being used by the emulex vfa expansion card that is installed into the hs22v blades?
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Have you tried loading the drivers from that link?

I'm sure they are be2net.o, that need to be installed separetely.

on bootup of ESXi, you see the driver modules load up (if they are present).

other than that, you would need to bootup from a cdrom, and run a PCI check.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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is it this?

Emulex (ServerEngines) Virtual Fabric Adapter (cffh) - 49Y4235 modules.
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Thanks guys for all the help....the right driver for my setup is the be2net_400.2.102.518.0


This is the last driver that IBM qualified for the emulex expansion card. There are newer ones but IBM has not qualified them yet....well at least that's the last I heard.
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