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Post Re: RTL8111/8168 and P55 integr. SATA Ctrl. (AHCI) for ESX 4
Hi Dave,

I have tried today with other PS/2 keyboard and tried also to boot
without keyboard and connect it later when is needed without success.
My installation attempts freezes always on the screen where the user is
supposed to press Enter, ESC or R.
Also tried today with other HDD, a WD15EADS SATA 1.5 TB, the install
freezes at the same point. BIOS report only 500GB for this HDD.
This gave me the idea that I can try a BIOS update.
But I think in the end I will stick with VMWare server over a linux
distribution.

Best regards,
CipMihai


Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:38 am
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Hi,

I've installed ESXi 3.5 and upgraded to 4.0 and then 4.1 update 1 with the RTL driver that mcvax posted. (It just wouldn't work with a 4.1 install -> VMFS3 fail error, GA-X48-DQ6 motherboard)

Everything works fine except I can't get the Windows guest VM's to access file shares on other computers (not VM's) in the network.
Connecting to other VM's works just fine.
My firewall runs on a VM and I can go on the internet without a hastle.

Could this be related to the driver or am I "doin' it wrong"?

I am working with VLAN's though.
But the file share access remains the same if I put it on or off.
When I put it off there are 2 other VLAN's though, one of which is the internet and works just fine.

thanks in advance!


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If you're not using this driver, give it a test - viewtopic.php?f=12&p=7412#p7412.

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Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:13 pm
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Dave.Mishchenko wrote:
If you're not using this driver, give it a test - viewtopic.php?f=12&p=7412#p7412.

Unfortunatly that did not fix my problem.
It booted fine, I could connect with the vSphere.
When I checked the configuration it said both NIC's were down.
So no network when trying to boot the VM's.

I've tried these as well but both crashed when I tried to boot a VM:
r8168-8.015.00+geppis-patches+oem
RTL8111_8168_P55_integr_SATA_Ctrl.(AHCI).oem


Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:53 pm
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Have you tried to manually set the duplex / speed for the NICs? You can do that in the vSphere client (Configuration > Networking - click Properties for the vSwitch - Select Network Adapters then Edit) or at the console with esxcfg-nics.

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Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:04 pm
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Dave.Mishchenko wrote:
Have you tried to manually set the duplex / speed for the NICs? ....

Sadly it gives the same result.
I don't understand why the NIC works for the management network and not for the VM's?
Is it supposed to work for an 8168?

thx for the help


Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:52 pm
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Actually I have the same error as this user: viewtopic.php?f=17&t=2466&p=8511&hilit=r8168#p8511
Same as people in these threads:
viewtopic.php?f=12&t=2187&hilit=r8168
viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2817&p=10163#p10163

I did not think to look in the log as it worked for management:
Code:
Mar  3 18:25:20 vmkernel: 1:20:39:49.184 cpu0:4123)<3>RTNL: assertion failed at vmkdrivers/src26/drivers/net/r8168/r8168_n.c (1771)
Mar  3 18:25:20 vmkernel: 1:20:39:49.205 cpu1:4123)<3>RTNL: assertion failed at vmkdrivers/src26/drivers/net/r8168/r8168_n.c (1771)


I've noticed something else, the first VM I installed does not show the same symptoms as the other VM's.
For example I can connect to the SSH server on the first VM withouth a problem whereas the last VM I created (Ubuntu server) I can not. (Incoming packet was garbled on decryption)

Which got me thinking that it maybe has to do with static IP's since my first VM is my firewall but that did not solve anything on the other VM's.

I did the iperf like suggested in the other thread but it's the same on all VM's ~700Mbit.

One other note: On the WinXP VM it worked once, even got to map a drive but it stopped working soon after that when I tried to browse it.

I tried the 8169 driver again that Dave suggested and the same errors appear:
Code:
Mar  3 19:24:06 vmkernel: 0:00:00:16.225 cpu1:4592)PCI: driver r8169 is looking for devices
Mar  3 19:24:06 vmkernel: 0:00:00:16.225 cpu1:4592)<6>r8169 Gigabit Ethernet driver 2.2LK-NAPI loaded
Mar  3 19:24:08 vmkernel: 0:00:00:18.359 cpu1:4592)PCI: driver r8169 claimed device 0000:05:00.0
Mar  3 19:24:08 vmkernel: 0:00:00:18.359 cpu1:4592)<6>r8169 Gigabit Ethernet driver 2.2LK-NAPI loaded
Mar  3 19:24:10 vmkernel: 0:00:00:20.497 cpu0:4592)PCI: driver r8169 claimed device 0000:06:00.0
Mar  3 19:24:10 vmkernel: 0:00:00:20.497 cpu0:4592)PCI: driver r8169 claimed 2 devices
Mar  3 19:24:10 vmkernel: 0:00:00:20.497 cpu1:4123)<6>r8169: vmnic2: link down
Mar  3 19:24:10 vmkernel: 0:00:00:20.497 cpu1:4123)<6>r8169: vmnic3: link down
Mar  3 19:24:10 vmkernel: 0:00:00:20.497 cpu0:4592)Mod: 4163: Initialization of r8169 succeeded with module ID 31.
Mar  3 19:24:10 vmkernel: 0:00:00:20.497 cpu0:4592)r8169 loaded successfully.
Mar  3 19:24:10 vmkernel: 0:00:00:20.497 cpu0:4592)ALERT: Elf: 3043: Kernel module r8169 was loaded, but has no signature attached
Mar  3 19:25:37 vmkernel: 0:00:01:48.037 cpu1:4123)<3>RTNL: assertion failed at vmkdrivers/src26/drivers/net/r8169/r8169.c (1078)
Mar  3 19:25:37 vmkernel: 0:00:01:48.058 cpu0:4123)<3>RTNL: assertion failed at vmkdrivers/src26/drivers/net/r8169/r8169.c (1078)
Mar  3 19:25:40 vmkernel: 0:00:01:50.134 cpu0:4123)<3>RTNL: assertion failed at vmkdrivers/src26/drivers/net/r8169/r8169.c (1078)
Mar  3 19:25:40 vmkernel: 0:00:01:50.155 cpu1:4123)<3>RTNL: assertion failed at vmkdrivers/src26/drivers/net/r8169/r8169.c (1078)


Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:36 pm
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Eureka. I was able to figure out how to get this driver incorporated into my new whitebox build.

The driver appears to work. I installed an Ubuntu 9 server and start copying data to it from my server VM on my other host.

BUT, here's where things get interesting. I rolled a Win7E VM on the host, and it cannot get out on the network. The DHCP server complains of bad UDP checksums, and in general, it is not possible to communicate from the second guest installed on the host.

I moved the Win7E VM to an Intel NIC in the machine and the problem went away instantly. The Linux VM seems to have no trouble at all, even with 700Mbit or so of data hitting it.

Anyway, just thought I'd mention it.

The hardware is a Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P with the on-board RTL1111 chip.


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ehidle wrote:
BUT, here's where things get interesting. I rolled a Win7E VM on the host, and it cannot get out on the network. The DHCP server complains of bad UDP checksums, and in general, it is not possible to communicate from the second guest installed on the host.

I had the same problem, you have to use this driver viewtopic.php?f=12&p=7412#p7412
I tested it at first (see a few posts back) and it said the NIC's were down but they aren't. There were a few configuration errors on my end so the VM's didn't get network but after reconfiguring everything works. Even when the NIC's show "DOWN".

With the driver from the first post I could only get internet traffic working.


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Hi everyone,

last weekend I moved my ESXi to my new Server with an ASUS H67-M EVO Mainboard, which has a RTL8111 NIC onboard.
(The NIC is connected to a switch which displays the Speed and the duplex mode)

At first I though everything works well (1000Mbps) with the NIC, but I found out something strange:
when i turn the server off (PSU) and back on again, the NIC was not able to switch from 100Mbps to 1000Mbps, no matter which driver I used.
BUT when I start an Linux from a Live-CD (I used Ultimate Boot CD), the NIC swited to 1000Mbps and after a reboot, without changing anything on the ESXi, the ESXi has a 1000Mbps connection.

I verified the Network Speed under WHS 2011 RC (> 700Mbps)

I could reproduce this, by the way.

Does anyone had the same issues?


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