VMWare, Direct Path fix ?

Posted on 2012-08-29
Last Modified: 2012-08-29
I get the following error on Host->Config->Advanced Setting for a NIC

Direct Path I/O Configuration

  Warning:  Configuration host hardware without virtualization features for virutal machine
  passthrough will make it unavailable for use except for dedicating it to a single virtual
  machine.  In particular, configuraing a device needed for normal host boot or operation
  can make normal host boot impossible and may require significant effort to undo.

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While I am tyring to get it to work for PassThru to have the knowledge of how to do that, my goal is to virtualize the card

I installed VMTools on all my VM's, and rebooted the host, hoping that would give me the driver required to make this work

However, I still get a Direct Path issue

My NIC is a Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme II5770 10Gigabit Ethernet

My machine is a Intel Westmere EP 12 core machine

What do I do next ?

BTW,  VMWare knows what the NIC is (Broadcom 5710), and that is checked in Advanced Settings, and on another machine the card is working just fine on VMWare without the need to install a driver.

Is installing a driver the correct course, and if so what should I do next

Question by:Los Angeles1
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    did you add the PCI Device to the VM?

    you then need to download the Windows (or OS) Driver for the NIC.

    So you need to download the drivers for :- Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme II5770 10Gigabit Ethernet for your VM OS.

    Once the card is presented to the VM, it's no longer a VM Direct Path issue.

    Just like you would if you were installing this NIC in a physical server or workstation.

    This is not virtualising the card, you are presenting physical hardware to a virtual machine.

    What do you want to do:-

    1. Install the NIC directly in the VM OS?

    2. Install the NIC in the HOST OS? (eg assign vmnic(x) to vSwitch)

    if you want this setup of this server to be the same as the other servers, I suspect No.2.

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