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Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5764M with ESXi 7

  • 1.  Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5764M with ESXi 7

    Posted Jun 11, 2022 03:35 PM

    I've acquired an old HP Z600 for home testing. I know it's old and no longer supported, but I'm ok with that.  I've replaced the single CPU with two E5640's and upped the RAM significantly.

    It has a Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5764M Ethernet port onboard.

     

    I can install ESXi 6.7U3 (using VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.7.0.update03-14320388.x86_64.iso) and all works correctly (I did have to enable legacy CPU allowLegacyCPU=true).  The NIC is accepted and reported as:

     

     

     

     

     

     

    When I try and install ESXi 7.0 (any version), I get:  

     

     


    Looking at the VMware Compatibility Guide, the Broadcom : NetXtreme BCM5764M Gigabit Ethernet should be supported in all versions of 7.0, though the original 7.0 release needs it downloading.

    SXi 7.0 U3ntg3 version 4.1.7.0-0vmwVMware Inbox, native
    ESXi 7.0 U2ntg3 version 4.1.5.0-0vmwVMware Inbox, native
    ESXi 7.0 U1ntg3 version 4.1.5.0-0vmwVMware Inbox, native
    ESXi 7.0ntg3 version 4.1.4.1-1vmw **Footnotes  : Download driver from…VMware Async, native
    ESXi 6.7 U3tg3 version 3.131d.v60.4-2vmwVMware Inbox, vmklinux

     


    I've created several custom ISOs for various versions of ESXi 7.0 to 7.0 U3 and added VMW-ESX-6.5.0-ntg3-4.1.2.0-5562451.zip. I know it's for 6.5, but it was the first location I could find it).  All gave the same results.  As could probably be expected. I can't find a download for ntg3 version 4.1.4.1-1.

     

    From the VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 7.0.0 >> Drivers & Tools >> Driver CDs page, there is VMware ESXi 7.0 Driver CD for Broadcom NetXtreme-C/E BCM5731x/BCM57xxx Network Controller. Building an ISO using the ESXi Offline Bundle for 7.0.0 and including the driver with the following PS command:

     

     

    gives the following output:

     

     

     

    Running through the install again gave the same result.  Tried this with different builds of 7, all with the same results.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated, as I'm not sure what else I can do.



  • 2.  RE: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5764M with ESXi 7

    Posted Jun 20, 2022 12:44 PM

    Did you got any where with your issue?

    im in the same boat and no solution is working except add another NIC

     

     



  • 3.  RE: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5764M with ESXi 7

    Posted Jun 30, 2022 06:02 PM

    Sorry, I didn't see your reply (I don't think I had a notification email).

    I've tried so many ways and nothing seems to work. I think adding a NIC card in might work, but I've been ill and not had the enthusiasm to do that. Plus I don't have a spare card without taking it out of another machine!

    If you figure anything out, please do share and I'll do likewise. Emails turned on!



  • 4.  RE: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5764M with ESXi 7

    Posted Jul 22, 2022 09:49 PM

    I bought a £10 GBP 4-port Gigabit NIC from eBay and it allowed me to install ESXi 7. Though it did say it was unsupported (or would be in later versions). For the sake of £10, I couldn't complain, though frustrating the built-in NIC wouldn't work and no response in the forum.



  • 5.  RE: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5764M with ESXi 7

    Posted Jul 25, 2022 03:19 PM

    I ran into the same problem with BCM5719 Network Card:

    With Custom-ISO from Lenovo my vmnic were "lost" not shown with "# esxcli network nic list"

    because the vmkernel.log said, that system is seaching for tg3 devices, I made the following changes

    esxcli system module set --enabled=true --module=ntg3 

    # reboot

    and now my vmnics are back in town 

     

    hope this helps



  • 6.  RE: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5764M with ESXi 7

    Posted Nov 01, 2022 04:09 PM

    anyone tried this with success with the BCM5764M?



  • 7.  RE: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5764M with ESXi 7

    Posted Jul 25, 2023 11:53 PM

    I am experiencing the same. Although I am trying to make this work on a HP Z400. Same NIC. ESXi 6.7 is working fine. Install of ESXI-7.0U3G fails claiming it can't identify network interface.

    Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5764M Gigabit Ethernet = integrated NIC

    Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5761 Gigabit Ethernet = 2nd NIC installed in PCIe bus

    What is the make and model of network adapter which was recognized by the installer ?



  • 8.  RE: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5764M with ESXi 7

    Posted Aug 02, 2023 03:35 AM

    just replaced the Broadcom NIC with the following, Gigabit Ethernet Server Adapter RJ45 to PCIe x4 w/ Intel(R) 82573. Same outcome. Any thoughts or ideas on how to resolve this issue ?



  • 9.  RE: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5764M with ESXi 7

    Posted Aug 02, 2023 03:38 AM

    use intel i350 nic.  dual or quad are easy to get from ebay for around $50. https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2047675.m570.l1313&_nkw=intel+i350&_sacat=0

    "60% of the time they work every time"



  • 10.  RE: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5764M with ESXi 7

    Posted Aug 02, 2023 03:51 AM

    fingers crossed, order has been placed.



  • 11.  RE: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5764M with ESXi 7

    Posted Aug 09, 2023 07:13 PM

    OK, replacing the Broadcom NIC with the following adapter worked

    NEW = Network Card for I350-T2V2 Intel Dual Ports RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet Server Adapter

    Learned a couple of other things along the way. While the upgrade from 6.7 to 7.x did proceed, after installing the Intel NIC. I ran into a problem with the installer complaining about "unsupported CPU". After some searching, I found the following command which needed to be amended to the "runweasel" command from the ESXi installer.

    After starting the ESXi installer, before automatic boot starts (press the SHIFT + O key combination). You will then see in the bottom left of the screen a command.

    >runweasel cdromBoot

    this needs to be changed to the following.

    >runweasel cdromBoot allowLegacyCPU=true

    press <ENTER> and let the installer continue. NOTE, I tried the "upgrade" option (which after install did not install ethernet driver software). I would recommend choosing the "install" option instead, in my case the ethernet driver software did get installed and when the machine rebooted (post install), I had network connectivity.

    P.S. thanks to Unkyjoe's Playhouse YouTube video for instruction on how to deal with the unsupported CPU issue.



  • 12.  RE: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5764M with ESXi 7

    Posted Nov 10, 2023 03:56 PM

    so when using upgrade you didn't have intel i350 drivers, or didn't have the Broadcom nic drivers?   using install did install the missing "XXX" driver?

    Worth noting:  be sure you are using the latest esxi 7 installer, not the initial release - use esxi7 U3 version, which has patches fixes and new drivers in it, over the older/initial release 7.0 version.