2011-05-19

Update Intel NIC Drivers on ESX 4.1

I Installed an IBM x3650 M3 the other day. During the installation the additional Intel NIC was not recognized by default in the ESX Host.

This I could see in two different ways, from the output on the console

msaidelk@esx9:~$ sudo lspci | grep Ethernet
0b:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation Broadcom NetXtreme II BCM5709 1000Base-T (rev 20)
0b:00.1 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation Broadcom NetXtreme II BCM5709 1000Base-T (rev 20)
10:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation Broadcom NetXtreme II BCM5709 1000Base-T (rev 20)
10:00.1 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation Broadcom NetXtreme II BCM5709 1000Base-T (rev 20)
15:00.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation Unknown device 1516 (rev 01)
15:00.1 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation Unknown device 1516 (rev 01)
1f:00.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation Unknown device 1516 (rev 01)
1f:00.1 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation Unknown device 1516 (rev 01)

And the GUI also only recognized the first 4 Broadcom NICs (instead of 8)

NICS

I posted an article about IBM x3650 M3 Does not Recognize NICs a while back - but as you can see from the output above they are recognized in hardware - just ESX does not know how to deal with them.

I downloaded the driver from VMware's Site and extracted the files from the ISO image and the file I am interested in is in the offline-bundle folder

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The host has to be in Maintenance mode for the patch update.

Install through vCLI

C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware vSphere CLI\bin>vihostupdate.pl --server esx9.maishsk.local --username root  -i -b \\vc\VMware\ESX\INT-intel-lad-ddk-igb-2.4.10-offline_bundle-320657.zip

After installation

msaidelk@esx9:~$ sudo lspci | grep Ethernet
0b:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation Broadcom NetXtreme II BCM5709 1000Base-T (rev 20)
0b:00.1 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation Broadcom NetXtreme II BCM5709 1000Base-T (rev 20)
10:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation Broadcom NetXtreme II BCM5709 1000Base-T (rev 20)
10:00.1 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation Broadcom NetXtreme II BCM5709 1000Base-T (rev 20)
15:00.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82580 Gigabit Network Connection (rev 01)
15:00.1 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82580 Gigabit Network Connection (rev 01)
1f:00.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82580 Gigabit Network Connection (rev 01)
1f:00.1 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82580 Gigabit Network Connection (rev 01)

Host rebooted and it comes up with all NICs recognized.

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I wanted to try this PowerCLI as well. I ran into some issues that I will address in a different post.

2 comments:

Voodoo14 said...

thanks, this helped me out a lot!!

Maish said...

Thanks for the feedback