Re: RTL8111/8168 and P55 integr. SATA Ctrl. (AHCI) for ESX 4
This is the only driver that works for me on ESXi 4.1. All the other 8168c/8111c drivers listed here: http://vm-help.com/esx40i/customize_oem_tgz.php
lead to instability: (1) I can communicate with vSphere client and access VMs via console, but not over the LAN. Can ping, but all other communication to/from guests is garbled. (2) The management network becomes unstable after about 10 minutes.
Even with this stable driver, I get the following error constantly repeated in 'messages':
Jan 15 19:37:40 vmkernel: 0:18:50:54.164 cpu1:4125)<3>RTNL: assertion failed at vmkdrivers/src26/drivers/net/r8169/r8169.c (1078)
I also have experienced an issue with the network link status showing down and the connection forced to run at 100 mbit. I could still communicate with all VMs though. The only fix I could come up with was using the install disk to 'repair' the installation and re-add all my vmx files to inventory. Restarts, changing cables, etc. did not restore the connection status or allow for 1000 mbit.
By the way, I'm stuck with ESXi 4.1 because of my Highpoint 2710 SAS controller, which isn't supported under ESXi 5.