Is the Intel i217-v network card recognized by ESXi?

Is the Intel i217-v network card recognized by ESXi?

The Intel I217-V network card is not recognized by VMware ESXi 5.x by default. On the VMware community I found a post with the Intel I217-V ESXi driver attached. To enable the Intel I217-V network card you have two options: Inject the driver in the ESXi ISO using for example the “ESXi-Customizer” tool.

Are there any Intel i219 NICs for VMware?

VMware introduces support for Intel i219 (Jacksonville) NICs in ESXi. In this year’s summer Intel introduced their new Skylake platform. These motherboards are based on the Z170 chipset and often include onboard Intel i219(-V or -LM) Gigabit Ethernet adapters.

Where can I download the ESXi installer for VMware?

Create a My VMware account at Download the ESXi installer from the VMware website at ESXi is listed under Datacenter & Cloud Infrastructure. Confirm that the md5sum is correct.

Is there a driver for the Intel i219 adapter?

Please note: Some people falsely believe that it’s GLRoman’s e1000e driver from my VIBSDepot that adds the support for the i219 adapter. This is not true!

How to install VMware ESXi 5.x with Intel i210?

As can be seen in the screenshot above, one needs three inputs: A path to the Intel i210 and Intel i350 driver VIB file that is in the driver ZIP (extract everything and point to the VIB file) After those parameters are set, one will get a warning message saying that a new Intel net-igb VIB will be inserted into the new ISO.

What kind of network controller does Intel i210 use?

Previous generation motherboards have been using the Intel 82574L network controller for the past 4-5 years. The advantage of the older generation 82574L is that the controller works out of the box with most operating systems as well as with VMware ESXi.

What kind of drivers do I need for ESXi?

– e1000-x.x.x.tar.gz driver supports all Intel® 8254x-based PCI and PCI-X Gigabit Network Adapters/Connections. Furthermore, the drivers for ESXi needs to be recompiled from the above versions. The ASRock Z87 Extreme6 board, that will be used in this example, have the following two controllers: Intel® Ethernet Connection I217-V, e1000e driver.

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