VMware-Physical adapters

Hi there VMWARE gurus,
I am trying to add physical adapters to my VMWARE through the ESXi4.0.
Currently, there only one physical adapter as shown here.  On my HP Proliant has several ethernet ports but only one physical adapter is set up in the VMWARE?.

I am trying to set up a Multipath I/O from my Celeros XD Datastorage and I can't do this without additional physical adpaters.  

If I need to set up the physical adapters from the esxi4.0 cli that's fine....but I dont even know what language it is using?  How would I fine this out?  and what would the command line be for creating more physical adapters from the ESXi4.0 command line?
LamrskiAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You may be required to install additional drivers to support these network interface cards.

What is the server, and what are the network interface cards?

the following command installs the drivers

esxupdate --bundle=offline-bundle.zip update
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giltjrCommented:
What type of physical adapters?

You mentioned "Celeros XD Datastorage" and  "Multipath I/O."  When I see that I think Fiber Channel not Ethernet.

Are these Fiber channel physical adapters or are they ethernet NICs and you are trying to setup multipath I/O for iSCSI
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LamrskiAuthor Commented:
No it is ethernet.  I have the documentation on how to set up the multipath i/o  from the esxi console , there is only one physical adapter as seen below:


C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware vSphere CLI\bin>vicfg-nics.pl --server 10.10.10.1
7 -l
Name    PCI     Driver     Link Speed    Duplex MAC Address        MTU    Descri
ption
vmnic2  03:00.0 bnx2       Up   1000Mbps Full   00:25:b3:e1:c7:da  1500   Broadc
om Corporation NC382i Integrated Quad Port PCI Express Gigabit Server Adapter

I have read though that I  might be able to fix by downloading the drivers from the Vsphere 4 CD....but I'm also looking into Hanccocka

What is the server  , and what are the network interface cards?
esxi4.0  HP Proliant DL380 G6
Nic Interface type is listed above

Thank you for your help!!! So very much
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Additional drivers are required for the NC382i

Download driver from http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_vsphere_4/4_0#drivers_tools
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LamrskiAuthor Commented:
I've made an ISO from the VMware website for HP compatible nic drivers.
I don't know what to do at the command to install the drivers?

Also, do you think this will this require a reboot?

Thanks in advance for your help.
lamrski
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LamrskiAuthor Commented:
Also, I've noticed that I do not have the esxupdate file listed in my cli.

Is there a way to install this file?
Thank you.
lamrski
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LamrskiAuthor Commented:
Can I use this file instead?

vihostupdate
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LamrskiAuthor Commented:
These are the instructions I found for installing the cd drivers:


An ESXi/ESX host can be updated remotely using the vihostupdate utility, which is part of the vSphere CLI. For more information on vihostupdate, see the vSphere Command-Line Interface Installation and Reference Guide.

1.Power on the ESXi/ESX host.
2.Place the driver CD in the CD-ROM drive of the host where either the vSphere CLI package is installed or vMA is hosted.
3.Mount the driver CD.
4.Navigate to cd_mount_point/offline-bundle/ and locate the offline-bundle.zip file.
5.Put the system into maintenance mode using this command:

vicfg-hostops conn_options operation enter


6.Run this vihostupdate command to install drivers using the offline bundle:

vihostupdate conn_options --install --bundle offline-bundle.zip

For example:

vihostupdate --server myesxhost --username root --password mypassword --install --bundle driver-offline-bundle.zip

Note: You may have to supply the .pl extension in the above command if the script is not recognized as a Perl script. For example: vihostupdate.pl. This is not necessary if you are using the vMA.


7.To exit maintenance mode, run this command:

vicfg-hostops conn_options operation exit


8.Reboot the host for the new driver to become effective.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
vihostupdate is another method of installation.
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LamrskiAuthor Commented:
Question about where to install the CD.
Should I install the CD into the esxi machine or can I insert CD from my desk and use a pathway to my cd drive  D:\offline-bundle\"file name....offline_bundle.zip"?

vihostupdate conn_options --install --bundle offline-bundle.zip

After installing the zip, do I have to do anything else for the installation?
Last question--if I put the esxi machine in maintenance mode, is it considered inoperable for production?

Thank you for your help!!
lamrski
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
you do not need the cdrom, all you need is the offline-bundle.zip file.

yes, if you put the ESXi server into Maintenance Mode it is out of production.
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LamrskiAuthor Commented:
One more question regarding maintenance mode...Should I shutdown all virtual servers before going into maintenance mode?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes if you only have a single server and no where to vMotion VMs

VMs must be off server in maintenance mode

Install update restart server
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compdigit44Commented:
ALso, have you tried to uninstall and reinstall VMtools?
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LamrskiAuthor Commented:
Hi there again,

I need to know particulars for installing the offline-bundle....

I'll be entering the following a dnI have a speicfic question regarding the path of the file.  (this may seem stupid, but I want to get it right the first time, if possible :) )
(I have an hour window to take care of a few things...this task is one of many)
a)  Shut down all VM servers
b) put my esxi4.0 host in "Maintenance" Mode  by doing the following
   fromm my remote esxi remote cli
vicfg-hostops --server 0.0.0.0 --username XXXXXX  --password  XXXXXXX --operation enter
c)Install the sofeware by the doing the following  (this is where my question comes in)
vihostupdate --server XXXXXXX  --username XXXXXXX --password XXXXX  --install --bundle  c:\BCM-bnx2-2.0.22f.v0.1-offline_bundle-383735.zip    (my question is, can I use the path name of my local C: drive, will this work?....if not what should I do?
d)take out of maintenance mode
vicfg-hostops --server XXXXXX  --username XXXXXXXX --password  XXXXXX --operation exit

d)boot VM servers
I'm sorry I am so detailed oriented but I only have a small window and I want to succeed with your expertise.  I really do appreciate your help  so much!!
lamrski
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, you can use the local path of c:\BCM-bnx2-2.0.22f.v0.1-offline_bundle-383735.zip

it looks a good plan.
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LamrskiAuthor Commented:
I'm sorry for the long delay....I tried to reinstall the drivers again and once again it did not add the 3 other ethernet ports.  Is there something I need to do at the command line to enable the ports?.  I know the  nics are there, they all flash green and amber.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
there is nothing required:-

1. either drivers are incorrect.

2. hardware issues and port failure.
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compdigit44Commented:
Can you please upload the results of the following commands:

esxcfg-nics -l

lspci -v |less
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LamrskiAuthor Commented:
I have been unable to resolve this issue.  I have tried to install the correct drivers to add the additional NICS.  I have since moved on to other projects.

Thank you for your assistance.
Take care
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