Intel® Gigabit CT Desktop Adapter with VMware ESXi 4.1 not working...

I recently installed an Intel® Gigabit CT Desktop Adapter as the onboard NIC of my whitebox was not compatible with VMware.

I installed the hardware and was able to install/setup the VMware successfully.  In the console, I assigned the host an IP address on our network and configured DNS settings.  Now, I cannot connect with the vSphere client and a ping to it's internal address does not return.  The adapter appears as it is passing data, as one light is lit and the other is flashing normally.

What can I do to get this NIC working inside of VMware?  

Thanks for any help.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Have you checked, you've NOT assigned a VLAN Tag to the vmnic0?

also have you checked that the vmnic is connected and there is an X in the box.

connecting and disconnecting the cable from the NIC, does the server sense the connection has gone?

are you using an 8 wire CAT 5e cable? (which will auto negiotate at Gigabit speeds).

Can you see the ESX MAC address on your network at all?
sciggsAuthor Commented:
It is not assigned a VLAN tag, as it should not be at this moment.

The vmnic has a disconnect status.  But there is an X in the box.

Yes, it is a pre-ran cable that has been used with other servers as recent as last week.  

I have not looked for the MAC address, but I may need to see if I can locate it on the network.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay, the server is not detecting a cable is present, cable is not connected to port, it cannot negotiate with the switch.

try changing the switch port parameters, change to auto, or force to 1000 full

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