Not all Network (LAN) Ports showing up in vSphere Client

LAN PortsNetwork Adapter Listing in vSphereNetworkingHi,
 I just set up a new VMware host using Intel Server S2600WTT. When I open vSphere client, I only see one network adapters instead of two or three.
This server has two LAN ports + one MGMT port.
Currently I connected LAN1 to Internal network (192.168.1.x), LAN2 port to external network (it should receive public IP because it is connected directly behind ISP's Internet modem), MGMT port to internal switch ( (192.168.1.x).
 I am curious:
(1) Why vmnic1 (LAN2) shows Speed "100 Full" when it is supposed to be Gigabit port just like vmnic0 (LAN1)   (2) How come vmnic1 has label under "Switch" column.
(3) Would I see MGMT port in Network Adapters in vSphere

I need to create a VM that will be assigned a public static IP on this host.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You need to ensure

1. the server is on the HCL.

2. download the OEM version of ESXi from the vendor website.

3. ensure all drivers and firmware are up to date.

4. additional VIBS if required are installed.

 I am curious:
(1) Why vmnic1 (LAN2) shows Speed "100 Full" when it is supposed to be Gigabit port just like vmnic0 (LAN1)

it's not connected, or firmware, or driver issues. physical switch issues, duplex or setting issues.

 (2) How come vmnic1 has label under "Switch" column.

it shows as none, it's not connected as an uplink to vSwitch0.

(3) Would I see MGMT port in Network Adapters in vSphere

is MGMT port a network interface, or iLo for remote management, if it's not a nic, if will not show.

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sgleeAuthor Commented:
 I spoke to a tech support from the vendor yesterday and terver came with two 10Gbps LAN ports.
(1) LAN1 port was connected to internal 48 port Gigabit switch and showed amber and green lights on the back of the server. No problem here.
(2) LAN2 port was connected to Netgear 5 port Gigabit switch (that is connected to the ISP's Internet modem that has 100Megabit ports). This port only showed green light, no amber light. The tech support guy said that it indicates that it is only getting 100Mbps.

I unplugged the Ethernet cable from LAN1 and plugged into LAN2 and I got both amber and green lights.
So no problem with LAN2 port.
I don't know why I am getting 100Mbps from this Netgear 5 Port switch, but that is OK because the reason I am connecting LAN2 port directly behind the ISP modem is to put certain virtual machines in public space with public IP addresses vs. internal network.
So all is good. Thank you for your help.
sgleeAuthor Commented:
Network DiagramI finally figured it out.
There was nothing wrong with LAN port 2 on the new server board. it was the 5 port Gigabit Switch that acted up. it was strange that I replaced this Netgear 5 port Gigabit switch with another Netgear 5 port Gigabit (Backup) switch, but the result was the same.

So I put in my old 3COM 10/100 16 port switch and it works like a charm. Now LAN2 port receives dynamic public IP addresses for those VMs that need direct connection to the Internet.

Another strange thing is that virtual machines inside VMWare1 (original) was working fine, receiving public IP addresses. It was VMWare2 (New Server) where VMs did not receive public IP addresses thru LAN port 2.

Anyway I am very happy that the problem is resolved.

Thank you.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I've often seen "cheaper" GBe switches lock-up, and not work correctly.
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