VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi

I'm setting up VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi and the install starts fine, but after trying 3 different network cards, i keep getting an error saying.

"vmware vsphere install error no network adapter detected"

It doesn't ask for the driver, and i can only select reboot.
Is there any way to incorporate the nic driver into the install? I would like to use the Dlink dfe-530tx+ because i know i can get the driver for it.
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JeffBeallAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Check the VMware HCL (Hardware Compatability Lists) and these resources

http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl

http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php

http://partnerweb.vmware.com/comp_guide2/search.php

Whitebox HCL
http://vm-help.com/Whitebox_HCL.php

Ultimate Whitebox
http://ultimatewhitebox.com/

VMware Communities
http://communities.vmware.com/cshwsw.jspa

You will find ESXi has a limited number of devices it supports.

Intel based Network interfaces are mostly supported.

The D-Link interface is not supported.

Use a

Intel CT Desktop Adaptor
http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/network-adapters/gigabit-network-adapters/gigabit-ct-desktop-adapter.html

this works with no issues.
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IanThCommented:
you can include drivers for other nics in esx if its in the hcl or whitebox hcl
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JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
should I assume that the same goes for the non "bare metal" version of vmshere?
sorry if my terminology is off. I thought there are two ways to have a vmware server.
The "bare metal" type were you boot the compute into vmware, or run vmware server on a windows 2008 server.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
correct, although VMware Server was discontinued in 2009, its a type 2 hypervisor meaning its an application that installs on an OS, and is slower
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
but any network card thatbworks in the OS will work for hypervisor.

you could also consider addingnthe HyperV role to Windows 2008
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JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
is the HyperV role like the new version of vmware server?
it wont matter if it is slow. i just want to learn how to run a vmware server.
it makes me think though. would the vmware server you could run on an os ( vmware server, or HyperV ) have a gui, and vSphere Hypervisor ESXi would not have a gui?
so if i became familiar with HyperV, it wouldn't help me if i had to work on vSphere Hypervisor ESXi.
I am most trying to avoid getting a $180 nic.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
hyperV is Microsofts Hypervisor inc with Win2k8

you need to work out what your goal and what do you want to learn.
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JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
my goal is to learn VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi,
so i take it that the only way for me at this point is to get a compatible nic.
i'll try to find one that is not so expensive.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
try the Intel I recommended very cheap.
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JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
thanks for the help
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JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
After i closed this question i had the thought to try vsphere on my pc, not my spare, because my pc has an intel board.
also my pc has vmware player on it. so i have a vsphere server running on vmware player!
now i dont have to buy anything. and the install went fine!
now i can start learning the "sphere"
thanks for the help.
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