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Can anyone simply create & publish a patch with this free Windows utility?

Patch Maker:
http://download.cnet.com/Patch-Maker/3000-2383_4-10038161.html?tag=mncol

My ESXi is 4.0 Update 1
My NIC is RTL811 or 8169S

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Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:07 am
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I'm trying to get 4.0U1 to work with a netgear card. First I tried open-vdriver from the home page of vm-help. I copied it to oem.tgz on my USB stick but kernel panicked during boot. Then the first patch in this thread. It went through until frozen loading vmkernel. Then I got frutis's oem.tgz and that worked. Thanks to all of you!


Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:11 am
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Dave.Mishchenko wrote:
guybrush wrote:
To make it persist, ... and it stuck.


Would you be able to post your oem.tgz file?



Hello Dave,

I have a working a esxi box with two intel nics and a couple of vms running. I needed to add a Realtek card so I followed the instructions here and managed to create and use the r8169 module. Now I would like to make it persistent but I am a little confused as to how to achieve that and I am a little anxious that overwriting files like oem.tgz will break my system. A little advice would be very much appreciated.


Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:05 pm
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Dave.Mishchenko wrote:
You'll need at least at edited simple.map file for this. pci.ids is just used to diplay names in the console and vi client.
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If you need it before you install then you have to use a custom oem.tgz file.


Hello Dave,

I have a working esxi box with two intel nics and a couple of vms running. I needed to add a Realtek card so I followed the instructions here and managed to create and use the r8169 module. Now I would like to make it persistent but I am a little confused as to how to achieve that and I am a little anxious that overwriting files like oem.tgz will break my system. Also, do I need to edit my simple.map as well? A little help would be very much appreciated.


Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:42 am
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Are you currently using a customitized oem.tgz files? If not you can just create it with the steps here - http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/customize_oem_tgz.php taking into account the different location for your driver files.

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Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:34 pm
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Hi all, that's my first post here !

I try to use ESXi 4.1 in some new HP Desktop with 8111 NIC :
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/Te ... Id=4047665

I tried all the 8168/8169/8111 that I could find here : http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/customize_oem_tgz.php (Thanks by the way !).
They were instable for me, at the exception of the 8169 Guybrush one !

In fact, it works great only after being preceded with an instable 8168! Let me explain :

I tried a 8168.o in an oem.tgz : OK but instable.
I put r8169.o in an oem.tgz and reboot : OK and stable.
I stop the Desktop, then power on, always with 8169 : no network at all !!

I need to put again 8168 oem.tgz, to have network, then put 8169 oem.tgz and reboot, to get it work stable.

Any idea ? Nic firmware issue ?

Thanks.


Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:38 am
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I've just been looking at this thread with a view to enabling the onboard NIC on a Gigabyte GA-EG41MF-US2H (the manual lists the onboard NIC as a RTL8111C/D chip (10/100/1000 Mbit).

I have an existing Intel Pro 1000GT NIC which works perfectly well, I wanted to add support for the onboard now in addition (want to play with an iSCSI target). I've tried copying the oem.tgz listed above (the 25k one) with the support for the 8169 driver - I also tried the initial one that was listed in the whitebox HCL for the 8111 and neither are responding... I'm not entirely sure where to go from here, could it be that I have other steps to perform other than simply copying the said oem.tgz file to partition-1 on the system?

Or is it possible that I simply can't see this NIC for another reason? As this is an existing and working box I didn't want to risk the config with the existing Intel NIC.


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I would start with just the driver. Extract it from whatever file you try to use, put it with the other drivers and then try to manually load it with vmkload_mod. If it doesn't work that way then it won't within an oem.tgz file.

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Sat May 15, 2010 11:10 am
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That was successful - I was able to detect it just from the driver and I can now address it in ESXi to some extent (still working out utilisation). I've been attempting to make changes to the base config at the system's console but all changes I make never survive a reboot - all the files disappear upon restart, I'm obviously missing a critical step somewhere (attempting to make changes as per http://www.vmware.com/support/esx15/doc ... ml#1013049)


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So if the driver works you just have to create a tgz file with it and simple.map. Can you also add pci.ids but that only provides the display name for the device in the vSphere client, etc so it's not required.

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