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 Nics Not working in ESXi 4.0 
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Post Nics Not working in ESXi 4.0
I have a Sun Fire V20Z server. ESXi 4.0 installed with no problems at all. However, I cannot get the Management Network working in the ESX console. The NICs both say Disconnected.
The NIC is functional in that I can ping the IP assigned to the NIC in the SP module of the server, however it isn't working in ESX. If I go to the console, there is a driver loaded to the NICs and they are on the HCL, (Broadcom 5703)... the weird thing is if I try to set the speed or duplex in the console, nothing is set on it.

Anyone that can help... please. I've spent hours working on this and still can't figure it out.


Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:55 pm
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Are you using the ESXi 4.0 Update 1 install image? Have you tried to update the firmware on the NICs and the BIOS for the host?

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Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:23 am
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Ugh... Ok embarassingly enough the problem was abject stupidity. I've never worked with a Sun Server before. When I first set it up, I saw two NICs and under 1 it said MGMT. I thought the other was the NIC for the server. Turns out the MGMT interface has 2 NICs and then there are two more NICs on the very far side I didn't see.

Sure enough, plug in a cable... boot and ESXi connects.

So I hang my head in shame but thank you for the assistance.


Fri Feb 05, 2010 6:41 pm
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