I am new to ESXi and just tried my first installation. I attempted to install ESXi 5.5 using the ISO image downloaded directy from VMWare when it errored out telling me that my Realtek network card was not supported. I was able to use an ESX Customizer to add the driver and then got 5.5 loaded. Pings from Test Management Network fail for everything except the IP of the server itself even though the network card says it is Connected.
Thinking that it must be because the network card is not supported with 5.5 I downloaded the ISO for 5.1 and installed it. It did not error out on the network card and I read that the card is supported in 5.1. However, I am still getting the same Failed ping response and I cannot see the server on the network.
When I leave the network settings to use DHCP the server is assigned an IP that is not on my subnet. When I change it over to use static it seems to take all the settings but pings still fail. Does anyone have any thoughts on what is going wrong? I have double checked the static IP, subnet, gateway, and DNS entries. They appear to be correct and match any workstations on my network.