Single, Dual or Quad NIC for IBM x - 3650 (vmware compatible)

Hi Team,

   We have just acquired 2 servers for our lab, an IBM x Series 3650 M1 and M2.  I am looking for a relatively inexpensive additional NIC or Dual or Quad NIC that I can add to the chassis that is vmware EXSI 4.1 Enterprise Plus compatible.

   I have looked at the vmware HCL but there are too many of them.  I just wanted to take the chance that perhaps someone in this forum has a similar setup to ours, and can vouch for a particular brand/model of NIC that they have tried and are happy with.

  I am looking for something that might be available in ebay.

  Thanks and regards,
rleyba828Asked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you want cheap and cheerful for the box, IntelĀ® Gigabit CT Desktop Adapter

http://www.intel.com/products/desktop/adapters/gigabit-ct/gigabit-ct-overview.htm

http://www.servethehome.com/intel-gigabit-ct-desktop-ethernet-adapter-pcie-x1-quickreview/

We use these in our Labs, Excellent NIC, supports Jumbo Frames, do not be put off it states Desktop!
 
They work very well, and very inexpensive! Compatible with ESXi 4.0, 4.1 and 5.0.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The IntelĀ® Ethernet Server Adapter I340.

i340 and i350 both supported by ESXi 4.1 using additional drive cdrom, both on the HCL.

http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/detail.php?deviceCategory=io&productid=19798&deviceCategory=io&partner=46&keyword=350&page=1&display_interval=10&sortColumn=Partner&sortOrder=Asc

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
That's a Quad NIC.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
and it uses the following drivers that you need to Update ESXI with!

http://downloads.vmware.com/d/details/dt_esxi4x_intel_10g_825xx/dHdlYnQldypiZGhwZA==
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rleyba828Author Commented:
Thanks hanccocka but ouch! Over $300! ....a bit hard to justify to the boss.

What about single nic cards that others have tried in the 3650? and you are right. Looks like I would need a low profile nic.
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rleyba828Author Commented:
Excellent!   This is the range I had in mind.   Thanks for the advice.

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