ESX on C200M1 - No compatable network adaptor found

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Apr 27th, 2010
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I'm trying to install ESX (i've also tried ESXi) on a C200 M1 using the onboard nic. However both ESX and ESXi state that a compatable network adaptor cannot be found.

Has anyone tried to install ESX on a C200 M1 using the onboard nics?


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Lucien Avramov Thu, 04/29/2010 - 17:00
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Use this procedure if you cannot install ESXi on a C200 M1 Rackmount server because the
NICs aren't recognized:

After you have an install of ESXi running with the add-in network card, you need to update
the drivers to get the onboard network cards recognized. First, download the updated
drivers from VMware.

Intel driver update for ESXi 4.0U1.

Burn the iso to a CD/DVD and insert it into the device you are running vSphere Client
from. Next install the remote CLI if you havent already.

Remote CLI for ESXi.

Connect to the server using the vSphere client and put it into maintenance mode.
Navigate to the directory containing the offline-update on the disc.
cd /mnt/cdrom/offline-update/

Run the command to push the drivers to the ESXi server.
perl -server --install --bundle

You are prompted for username/password combination. After successful install, reboot ESXi
server through vSphere client and after it is back up, take it out of maintenance mode.


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