VMWare, Passthru NIC

Posted on 2012-09-14
Last Modified: 2012-09-16
I installed a BroadCom NIC on my OS inside of my VM.

The NIC runs well under VM Netowrking, when the NIC is assigned to a vSwtich

Then I make the NIC available to PassThru via

 Host->Configuration Tab->Advanced Settings

I rebooted the host, and returned to 'Advanced Setting' and see the NIC activated with a totally green icon.

and then I place the NIC in PassThru mode connected to the VM through the command

VM->Edit Settings->Add->PCI Device->Add

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However, when I go to configure the NIC through the VM OS (WInodws), I get the following error

Windows did not detect any Networking hardware

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How can I resolve this ?
Question by:Los Angeles1
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    Expert Comment

    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    Did you download the drivers from IBM?

    Did you confirm with VMware if the device is compatible.

    This NIC may not be compatible to operate in passthrough mode in the VM, in tha past some devices were only experimental.

    Why do you want to allocate a single 10Gig nic to a single VM, seems like a huge waste of resource?

    Author Comment

    by:Los Angeles1
    As to why I want to do this, I am kind of experimenting with VMWare to see how well it works and how it does networking

    I downloaded the appropriate drivers, and they install without issue

    How do I determine if my NIC is supported

    What webpage can I visit ?
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    Accepted Solution

    the vendor IBM and VMware, you will need to log support requests.

    does the NIC appear in device manager?

    Author Comment

    by:Los Angeles1

    It is listed as a

    Broadcom BCM57710 II NetXtreme 10 GigE (NDIS VBD Client)

    Is there a way to determine if this device is supported by VMWare in PassThru mode ?
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    Expert Comment

    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    is this nic connected?

    are there any errors in device manage for the mic?

    Speak to VMware and IBM.

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