Esx compatible network cards

By , September 8, 2012 5:18 PM

Many network cards not supported
Native support improved with esx 5
And will improve again with esx 5.1

Intel Pro/1000 GT-MT-PT reports to work well particularly the duel nic cards

My ASUS motherboards have onboard Realtek 8111E Gigabit adapters which ESX 4.1 U1 does not support. HOWEVER, much to my surprise ESX5 DOES

Intel 82579L Gigabit Ethernet and
Intel 82579v onboard ethernet nic is too new for the standard ESXi 5.0 installation ISO. It will not install without an HCL listed ethernet card, there is however a work around to insert the drivers needed into the ESXi installer so that it will work. You will find the files listed below.

Basically, all you need to do is download the ISO from VMware, download the ethernet driver and the customizer program then use the custom program to insert the drivers into the ISO, reburn that ISO to a new CD and then install from there.
http://www.iarp.ca/news/15-esxi-5-and-the-intel-82579

So you want build your ESX server out of off the shelf parts. 1) Beware the network cards compatibility probably better to buy one Intel Pro 1000 NIC I have a couple of Intel Pro 1000 PTs for my ESXi boxen that I got for $40 a piece, and they work great Intel Pro/1000 PTworks well Intel Pro/1000 GT-MT-PT Intel PRO/1000 PT Quad Port Server Adapter Intel Pro/1000 PT (duel) cards

One Response to “Esx compatible network cards”

  1. Joe P says:

    Thank you for mentioning the 82579V issue and a resolution – this has been driving me crazy. 5.1 will see it but not be able to use it and the only sign for me is DHCP fails.

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