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 EXSi 4.1 update fails 
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Gigabyte Z68MA-D2H-B3
i7-2600K
16 G Kingston DDR3
Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB

Install script fails after confirmation of install from user <F11>.

No trapped error, just a script error.

Installer.Start()
File ....

vmkctl.HostCtlException: Unable to load module /usr/lib/vmware/vmkmod/vmfs3: Failure ....

Again, no trapped error - Can you point me in the right direction to troubleshoot this?

Thanks.

DAL


Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:05 am
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When you see this error:

>> vmkctl.HostCtlException: Unable to load module /usr/lib/vmware/vmkmod/vmfs3: Failure .

it means that ESXi is not able to recognize a NIC in the sytem. What process are you using for the update?

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Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:35 am
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Sorry, I was using ESXi 4.1 update CD, this is a fresh install. I'm just using the 4.1 update ISO. Is this incorrect?

I've now disabled the NIC and Serial Ports, but have the same issue. SATA is now in ACHI mode.

The mobo is on defaults except for the above. I usually don't play around with that stuff, I'm more into stability than raw performance.

There is something that flashes on the screen before the script fails, it is in red. It is only there for a half second or so. I can't read any of it.

DAL


Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:18 am
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The system requires a NIC that ESXi can recognize to complete the install. You probably have a Realtek based NIC. Here are the options:

1) Add a card that works without changes to ESXi. Something like an Intel Pro 1000 GT is a good choice, but any Intel 1000 based card should be Ok or Broadcom 57xx).

2) Add a community developed driver for the Realtek.

3) Wait for ESXi 5 - it has limited support for some Realtek 8168/8169 based cards.

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Thu Aug 11, 2011 12:06 pm
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Thank you very much.


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