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TP-Link TG-3468 NIC for ESXi Host

Posted on 2013-12-03
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I tried to install the TP-Link NIC driver in ESXi 5.5 host but it seems not working as the installed TP-Link NIC is not detecting in esxi host.

i followed this steps i found in the internet but no luck.
http://www.tinkertry.com/tp-link-gigabit-pci-express-network-adapter-tg-3468-for-esxi-5-5-home-lab/

Does anyone here successfully installed TP-LINK TG-3468 Gigabit NIC in ESXI host? please advice on where i can find the compatible driver of this card for esx.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 300 total points
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Installing any drivers for a device which is not on the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) is not supported.

Check the VMware Hardware Compatability Lists HCL here

The VMware Hardware Compatibility List is the detailed lists showing actual vendor devices that are either physically tested or are similar to the devices tested by VMware or VMware partners. Items on the list are tested with VMware products and are known to operate correctly.Devices which are not on the list may function, but will not be supported by VMware.

The steps are included here, you need to add the driver (vib) to your ESXi 5.5 installation

http://www.tinkertry.com/install-esxi-5-5-with-realtek-8111-or-8168-nic/

If you have followed these steps, and it's not working for you, I would recommen obtaining a network interface which has support in ESXi 5.5 without installing any drivers.

e.g. Intel Desktop CT Adaptor

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