ESX Install with network card issues

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https://communities.vmware.com/thread/458199
http://www.bussink.ch/?p=1228


I tried the custom install of ESX and I am able to get through the installation fine. There are no errors. However I cannot get any IP address either static or dynamic.

As a result if I choose dynamic I get that I can access the machine from: 0.0.0.0 or if I static it the machine is not reachable.
Starquest321Asked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you have an uncertified whitebox, e.g. a server which is not certified for ESXi 5.5, it does not appear on this list

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.

http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl

You will need to

1. obtain a driver which has been tried and tested with ESXi 5.5.

It would appear that the driver you have is not compatible or hardware you have is not compatible with ESXi 5.5

I would therefore recommend you select a network interface card, which does work with ESXi 5.5, and is on the HCL.

I would recommend you purchase the following Intel CT Desktop Adaptor, this does work with ESXi 5.5, because it's based on the popular E1000 included driver.

http://www.servethehome.com/intel-gigabit-ct-desktop-adapter-linux-esxi-windows-hyperv-solaris-open-indiana/
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Starquest321Author Commented:
1. We are using a DELL XPS 8500 with a Realtek 8111E Network driver. I did the split CD for that as the native download did not detect the drivers.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, the computer is not certified for ESXi 5.5, the network interface is not certified for use with ESXi 5.5.

Realtek network interface cards, have always been a nightmare with driver support, even from the MS DOS days, the driver needs to match, the network interface directly.

The drivers that have been compiled are for the 8168 and 8169. It would seem that the later cards share some features with the 8111 series, and it would seem that the card is detected when the 8168/69 driver are used with a 8111 series interface e.g. the E, not the G.

BUT the driver does not work.

If you are not one of the lucky ones, which really has a 8111E network interface card working the the 8168 and 8169 drivers, by working I mean, network traffic actually flowing, rather than ESXi 5.5 sees it!

Do not waste any more time, and purchase a supported network interface, with support out of the box!

I would recommend you purchase the following Intel CT Desktop Adaptor, this does work with ESXi 5.5, because it's based on the popular E1000 included driver.

http://www.servethehome.com/intel-gigabit-ct-desktop-adapter-linux-esxi-windows-hyperv-solaris-open-indiana/
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Starquest321Author Commented:
Done.
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