vmware esxi 5.1 nic not found

Hi Experts,

I have this small desktop to make it as a test server

DELL OptiPlex 990
Service Tag: 8MTM92S

and would like to install VMWare esxi 5.1, during installation the esxi does not detect the nic, any solution for this?

Regards,

Moitz
moitzAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
That's because ESXi is not certified for use on the DELL OptiPlex 990. ESXi is designed for server usage, and has a small subset of certified hardware, you will need a supported network interface and storage controller to complete the installation, and also CPU processor. Not all computers pass this requirement.

You will need to try and find a supported NIC. We use these network interfaces.

Purchase this Network Interface it's supported by ESXi 5.1.

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

Intel and Broadcom network interfaces are supported.

Also confirmed here in this link

http://www.servethehome.com/intel-gigabit-ct-desktop-adapter-linux-esxi-windows-hyperv-solaris-open-indiana/


Check the VMware HCL (Hardware Compatability Lists) here

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
0
moitzAuthor Commented:
Hi hanccocka,

   Thanks for your informative reply, actually this is not a production server, just want to have a test homebased server for study, before I successfully install the vmware 5.0 for this one but now I'm having hard time to do it again.

    Again Thanks
0
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would recommend, a Windows OS, and use VMware Player or Workstation to host and install ESXi 5.1 into.

also see here

vSphere 5.0 AutoLab by Alastair Cooke

I would also recommend looking at vSphere 5.0 AutoLabby fellow vExpert - Alastair Cooke
 
What is the AutoLab?

The AutoLab is a quick easy way to build a vSphere environment for  testing and learning using a single desktop or laptop PC and VMware  Workstation, Fusion or ESXi. The whole lab runs in VMs on that one PC,  even ESXi runs in a VM and can then run it’s own VMs.

 Take a look over at ProfessionalVMware for details of how to get started with building your own vSphere 5 AutoLab.
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
moitzAuthor Commented:
thanks so much
0
AndrewAustinCommented:
I run several Optiplex 9010 with ESXi 5.1, the trick to getting it running was to use the ESXi customizer from http://www.v-front.de/ to add in the e1000 driver. That same custom install worked for 9020...I believe 990 uses the same driver.
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Outlook

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.