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 Does ESXi 4.1 officially support Intel 82566DM? 
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Hi,
Although VMware ESXi 4.1 hardware compatibility list showing ESXi 4.1 does not support the second NIC (82566DM) on Intel server board S3200SH, I can access both NIC after doing a nomal installation.
During the booting of ESXi, I saw the e1000 driver has been loaded for the two NIC. I just wondering is this the correct methord for 82566DM?
I have the following configuration:
Main board: Intel S3200SH
RAM: 1G x 4 non-ecc
Raid card: Adaptec 2410SA (sata raid 5)
HDD: WD1600YS x 3 (160GB x 3)

The system is not stable. Machine will get hang when downloading or sending files via both NIC. Machine will also hang when copy files locally. (on a guest OS windows 2003)

Does anyone here can share their experience on this topic?

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Fuyun


Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:59 am
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The system is not stable. Machine will get hang when downloading or sending files via both NIC. Machine will also hang when copy files locally. (on a guest OS windows 2003)


Where are you coping the file from when you do this? If you do a VM to VM copy and the VMs are on the same vSwitch (with no VLANs in use) then the traffic will never hit the physical NICs. If you have such an issue then there is another problem.

Is the NIC using the e1000 driver? If so when the driver loads it enumerates PCI devices and will try to load for any devices it recognizes. That's likely the case with the 82566dm, but they've likely found that the driver is not quite ready for that specific NIC.

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Dave.Mishchenko wrote:
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The system is not stable. Machine will get hang when downloading or sending files via both NIC. Machine will also hang when copy files locally. (on a guest OS windows 2003)


Where are you coping the file from when you do this? If you do a VM to VM copy and the VMs are on the same vSwitch (with no VLANs in use) then the traffic will never hit the physical NICs. If you have such an issue then there is another problem.

Is the NIC using the e1000 driver? If so when the driver loads it enumerates PCI devices and will try to load for any devices it recognizes. That's likely the case with the 82566dm, but they've likely found that the driver is not quite ready for that specific NIC.


Thanks Dave,
I was doing a VM to VM copy. I understand that there was no traffic hit the physical NICs. So the unstable may not caused by NICs.
Do you have expirence for the detail BIOS setting for Intel server board S3210SHLC? Especially for I/O, ACPI, and CPU setting. I am wondering I did the wrong setting.

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Fuyun


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Finally, I gave up the Adapter 2410SA, and got a Dell PERC 5i with 512M RAM. (no need to cover pin 5&6 on the PCI-e bus. Need to disable VT-d)

It is easy to install ESXi 4.1.0 But there is a strange problem, that when I upload iso files to the ESXi box, getting wrong MD5 checking, meaning transfer error. I've tried to find if it's the NIC problem or the PERC 5i problem (I even flashed the LSI firmware to the PERC 5i). I also tried difference version of BIOS of the MB from 0049, 0051,0052. Also I changed with a Dell customerized ESXi 4.1.0 No lucky on it. Finally I install a ESXi 4.0 U1, the problem was solved.
Is there any person here have experience on an Intel S3210SHLC board for ESXi 4.1.0?

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Fuyun


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fuyun wrote:
Finally, I gave up the Adapter 2410SA, and got a Dell PERC 5i with 512M RAM. (no need to cover pin 5&6 on the PCI-e bus. Need to disable VT-d)

It is easy to install ESXi 4.1.0 But there is a strange problem, that when I upload iso files to the ESXi box, getting wrong MD5 checking, meaning transfer error. I've tried to find if it's the NIC problem or the PERC 5i problem (I even flashed the LSI firmware to the PERC 5i). I also tried difference version of BIOS of the MB from 0049, 0051,0052. Also I changed with a Dell customerized ESXi 4.1.0 No lucky on it. Finally I install a ESXi 4.0 U1, the problem was solved.
Is there any person here have experience on an Intel S3210SHLC board for ESXi 4.1.0?

Best Regards,
Fuyun

I haven't heard of anything but I'll be working with some Dell servers next week with the Perc 5/i controller so I may find out. There was a driver change between 4.0.x and 4.1

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