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

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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,
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The Intel® 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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That's a Quad NIC.
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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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by:rleyba828
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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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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 1600 total points
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If you want cheap and cheerful for the box, Intel® 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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Excellent!   This is the range I had in mind.   Thanks for the advice.

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