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When I look in esxi Vsphere Client, it says the NIC is running 1000mb FD. When I log onto the managed switch to which they are attached, every one of the machines using this driver (r8169.o file size 74029 dated July 29) is actually running 100mb FD. All the other esxi machines are running 1000mb FD.


Do you have the speed/duplex manually set or are you using auto-negotiation?

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Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:27 pm
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Do you have the speed/duplex manually set or are you using auto-negotiation?


I am using autonegotiate, but if I manually try to set the switch port to 1000mb FD the link won't come up. It goes down and even a reboot on the ESXi host won't bring it up. If I set the switch to negotiate "Max Capability" on those ports, they come up at 100mb FD. Nothing will make the link go to gig speeds, not even rebooting with the switch set to negotiate only gig speed. The link just stays down when I try to force it. And it is only the machines with the RTL nics that do it. They are on different brands of motherboards as well, with 8111C and 8112L chipsets.

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Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:50 pm
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I've not been seeing that myself - I have been finding that performance is somewhat similar to the original NIC (an Intel 1000 Pro GT that was failing). That said I've never had what you'd call very quick performance, I'm going through another firewall but I can max at around 11.5mb/sec unfortunately (I think that has more to do with a dodgy old Asus switch though).


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I can max at around 11.5mb/sec


Which interestingly (assuming you meant 11MB/s) is just about right for a 100mb/s connection that is healthy... :cry:


Tue Nov 23, 2010 2:44 pm
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If you want to test your network performance I would suggest something like iperf - viewtopic.php?f=14&t=1604&hilit=iperf. It doesn't rely on disk access so you'll get a good idea the traffic the NIC can push through.

Disk access through the console of ESXi is limited so that VM performance is not negatively impacted.

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with FTP I get up to around 10.5-11 but not for SMB traffic though - I'm bringing that speed off a VM running Win2k and another VM running XP, if it was running at 100mbit it'd be pulling 9-9.5 (which it did when I originally built a 3.5 ESXi box in the same network space a while back). The switch I have is rather rubbish though so it's not able to pull more than a sustained 18-19 on direct connection; this is going through a few differnet paths though, it goes through a Smoothwall route and then up to this switch. I'm getting a new switch soon so hopefully this will make it run a little more quickly.


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Hello,
Sorry for my poor English.

For a while I try to run a card Netgear GA 311 (RTL8169-32) without success.

There is my config:

HP 5800: http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/ca/fr/sm ... R1002_CAFR

RUN with ESXi 4.1

To add the driver of 8169, I used this script to make an ISO of ESXi 4.1:

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=4

and I try to run with oem.tgz found in this topic:

viewtopic.php?f=17&t=1525

But I still can not see the card in vShere.

Can you help me?


Thanks to all for your work :)


Thu Jan 20, 2011 5:24 am
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You might want to try one of the newer drivers here - http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/customize_oem_tgz.php.

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I've just done the latest patches via the updater utility (via vsphere) and this appears to have broken the system's ability to use the OEM.TGZ I was originally using with the onboard Realtek 8111b/c.

I tried the file listed just above this post (by Dave, the one called "http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/customize_oem_tgz.php") - it seems to work but only to some extent.

I can use VSphere and I can get to the host via HTTPS but the guests are another matter. I can address linux/unix boxes but I can't addresa any windows systems properly - RDP fails with a code 0x1204 error, SMB file transfers and directories fail completely and even FTP (windows box running filezilla) fails.

One of the unix guests runs SSH perfectly and if I tunnel through that I can RDP to the windows guest hosts (via that other host) but basically this combination fails with windows networking. I've no idea where go to from here, I'm really lost :-(

Anyone have any ideas what to try?


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Just to update I've tried all of the versions of that driver in the thread mentioned in my past post - none of them work for windows connections, I've tried all of the adapter types bar the E1000.

My original driver that worked with the r8169 based set (worked with the 8111 on the Gigabyte board) no longer works after the latest kernel update.

The host connects and non-windows guests work - and my XMBC (on xbox) can oddly connect to windows but nothing else works. Looking out for another driver to try now, thank God they've since added support for SSH now.

Have decided to rebuild the entire boot drive of the server from scratch - and avoiding the two January 2011 patches, these really break support for this chipset from what I can see, nothing works with this NIC after this update so be wary!

Rebuild with the original driver (based on 4.1 build) seems fine. I believe this driver is still rather slow, only marginally better than 100mbit on a gigabit card; was able to reach 20mb/sec from it before but with poor reliability.


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