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Add a physical nic to ESX 4.0 host

I had shutdown the host plugged in the NIC and reboot the host but I am not able to see the NIC in vSphere Client.

Is there something I need to do in order for it to be recognized?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
what is the NIC?

is the nic on the HCL?

have you looked at the host, configuration, network interfaces to check the host can recognise the new NIC?
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MECITAuthor Commented:
NIC is a Intel Gigabit ET NIC, Quad Port, PCI-e

How do I check on the host?
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Paul SolovyovskyCommented:
You may need to load drivers for the specific network card.  Check the HCL list and see if there are any notes with this related nic.  I have had to load drivers in the past and the HCL is a good place to start
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robertkennedyCommented:
Hi

As suggested it will depend if the drivers for your network card are native in ESX 4.0, if they are the nic should automatically install. If not you will need to obtain and install the drivers manually. You should check the HCL to make sure the NIC is compatible also. You can check the HCL here http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php
 
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MECITAuthor Commented:

Intel Gigabit ET Quad Port Server Adapter

Partner Name -DELL

Firmware Version-N/A

Number Of Ports-4

VID-8086
DID-10E8
SVID-8086
SSID-a02c

This is on the HCL.
How would I load the drivers? I received the drivers on a disk?
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robertkennedyCommented:
Go to http://www.vmware.com/support/
Click on VMware vSphere 4 under Product Downloads
Scroll down and click on the "Drivers & Tools" tab
Expand "Driver CDs"
Download the driver CD for your NIC
Follow the installation instructions in the doc folder on the CD
 
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MECITAuthor Commented:
I could not find it. How do I know which to download.

I see a few Intel but nothing that says
Intel Gigabit ET Quad Port Server Adapter


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MECITAuthor Commented:
I have ESX 4.0.0, 164009
I am looking at the HCL on the Model release tab


ESX / ESXi 4.05

igb version 2.1.10.2

async



ESX / ESXi 4.02

igb version 1.3.19.12.1

inbox



ESX / ESXi 4.0

igb version 1.2.44.3

inbox



ESX / ESXi 4.02

igb version 1.3.19.12

async



ESX / ESXi 4.03, 4

igb version 2.4.10

async

Which is the one I need to download?
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robertkennedyCommented:
I would try the ESX 4.0 one:

ESX / ESXi 4.0

igb version 1.2.44.3

inbox
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MECITAuthor Commented:
igb version 1.2.44.3 is not listed in drivers and tools
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
make sure the drivers are for ESX 4.0
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Danny McDanielClinical Systems AnalystCommented:
build 164009 is the very first release of ESX 4.0 and there are some really important updates that have been released since then.  You should really consider patching or upgrading your host(s) to 4.1  If you are using an Intel Nehalem processor in your host, the updates will really benefit you.
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Paul SolovyovskyCommented:
I remember a a lot of issues with large page files in ESX4.0 and Nehalem..was causing many cpu/memory issues when it first came out.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
but if you do patch and upgrade to 4.1, and you are managing host via vCenter, you will also need to upgrade vCenter to 4.1 as well, and this may require a new server built as vcenter 4.1 is 64 bit only now.
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MECITAuthor Commented:
Issue was figuring out what version to download. I finally called Dell for assistance.

I downloaded the version 1.3.19.12.1.
Used WinSCP to transfer over the file to host
Then used Putty to connect to host using SSH
cd to file location and then ran this command
esx --updatebundle=file name
reboot the host and now I am able to see the NICs.
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