ESXi 5.5 - should i enable vt-d?

Hi all,

I'm running ESXi 5.5 on a homelab.

- Lenovo T130
- Xeon 1225

I want to load a few VM's - maybe Server 2012 and a couple of Win 7 x64 machines and have a couple of questions:

1. Does anyone know how to inject the LAN drivers for this Lenovo
2. Should vt-d be enabled in general for ESXi?

Thanks in advance.
Go-BruinsAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
1. what LAN driver does it use ?

could you use a support nic, e.g. E1000 type

2. Yes
Go-BruinsAuthor Commented:
Hi,

this seems to suggest that it's an Intel Onboard 82579LM LAN:

http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/downloads/ds032585
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
see here

http://blog.thingsgeeky.co.uk/?p=4781

if you do not want to "hack" your installation, by experimenting, by injecting drivers - I would recommend the purchase of a network interface card which works out of the box

This nic always works with all ESXi 4.x, 5.x.

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

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Go-BruinsAuthor Commented:
I'm not going to add any more moving parts. I'll buy the card you suggested. Thank you.
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