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VMWare ESXi 6.5 - HP NC523SFP 10GbE issues

Hello everyone,

I got a new funny issue with my VMWare ESXi 6.5 homelab. The HP NC523SFP is officially supportet thru the HCL of VMWare as far as I can tell on http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/detail.php?deviceCategory=io&productid=19311&vcl=true

With a fresh install of 6.5.0d and the vib of the nqlcnic version 6.0.63 driver the card is recognized. Gets an IP from the DHCP server, is pingable, but all the web services, esxi services are unavailable.

If I do a fresh install of 6.0 U3 with the vib qlcnic version 6.1.191 card becomes available and is working properly...

Any ideas?


edit:// also the FW 4.20.20 which is mentioned is no where to be found my card is on 4.20.01 which is according to HP the latest fw for this card http://h20565.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?swItemId=MTX_c490fefa2eb24c4ba21d48b064#tab4
VMware* vsphere 6.5

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With issues like these where a device is on the HCL, it's time to query with VMware and HPE support, to get an answer.

If it's on the HCL, it should work, unless it's been dropped from the HCL, and HCL has not been updated.

We've got many outstanding issues with VMware and vendors, where a device is listed on the HCL, but refuses to work, which then needs VMware Engineering Support/Escalation to check with hardware vendor.
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