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HP ProLiant G7 N54L - Network card


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Hi,

 

I brought a network card for my N54L this one https://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-LINK-TG-3468-Gigabit-Express-Network/dp/B003CFATNI

 

I plug it into the PCI3 slot when I plug a cable it's blinking however on my ESXI OS I'm unable to see it and I check on the Bios but I didn't find any menu to enable it or something like that..

 

Anyone have any idea what should I do?

 

Thanks.

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The card you have uses a Realtek chip. ESXi support for Realtek is not great. Most times you need to manually load the driver. What version of ESXi are you using?

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I tend to use Intel based NIC's as they are supported by VMware.

There are ways to load the Realtek drivers in ESXi.

This is for your card in ESXi 5.5:

https://tinkertry.com/tp-link-gigabit-pci-express-network-adapter-tg-3468-for-esxi-5-5-home-lab

It appears the chip on your card is RTL8111/8168, here are instruction to load drivers for ESXi 6.0:

https://communities.vmware.com/thread/506271?start=0&tstart

 

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Thanks I manage to load the driver and now I have 2 NIC attached to my Proliant.

 

One more thing which is very unfortunate is that I run a Xpenology as a VM and were thinking to take advantage of the 2 NIC but if I turn on the bond and plug my both NIC to my asus on the port aggregation Lan5/6 my ESXI and my other VM are unreachable.

 

I might purshase a new NIC with 2 GB ports which will bypass this.

 

Thanks anyway for your help!.

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That should work. You can check the VMware compatibility guide to see if that Intel controller is listed.

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  • 3 months later...

I find adding the VIB driver to a custom image usually works :) look around for ESXi-Customizer-PS-v2.6.0.ps1

 

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