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How to get a third router recognized?

  • 1.  How to get a third router recognized?

    Posted Jul 24, 2012 04:45 AM

    Hi !!

    Environment:

    I have just recently set up my first ESXi 5.0. It is on a Dell PowerEdge 1900 with 16 GB RAM.

    Problem:

    One of my attached NIC cards is not recognized or I do not know how to configure it.

    My PowerEdge 1900 has an integral NIC on its motherboard. Also this server has two additional NICs (RealTek 8169 Gigabit Ethernet NIC cards)

    The first NIC (vmnic0) ~ this NIC is integral to the motherboard.

    This is used for the Management Network - It functions perfectly.

    The MAC address visible as well as IP Address (192.168.1.xx) is visible from 'configuration' > 'networking'

    The second NIC (vmnic1) ~ this is the first "RealTek 8169 Gigabit Ethernet NIC card"

    This is private storage network for access the NAS iSCSI target - It functions perfectly.

    The MAC address visible as well as IP Address (192.168.4.1 Private) is visible from 'configuration' > 'networking'

    The third NIC (vmnic2) ~ this is the second "RealTek 8169 Gigabit Ethernet NIC card"

    This is intended for an internal domain and so is cabled to a secondary router. It is also to provide gateway services - This is the problem NIC !!!

    From 'configuration' > 'Netwokring' No IP Address or MAC address is visible. (Though the MAC address of the connected router is visible under 'configuration' > 'network adapters')

    Intended: 192.168.2.xx 

    The above arrangement worked perfectly well when this server was a Hyper-V host.

    The Problem:

    The problem I am having is that this third NIC (vmnic2) is not fully recognized as is the second NIC (vmnic1). While it is currently shown as down in 'configuration' > 'networking' with a red "X" and in 'configuration' > 'network adapters' (speed says "down") - it previously was shown under the 'speed' field as "100 Full" where the other network card (the identical model) was shown as "1000 Full" - (note the 100 vs 1000).

    Tests I have performed:

    First, I swapped network cables and noted that this simply swapped which NIC was shown to be recognized.

    Second, I removed the NIC card and placed it into a desktop computer as the primary NIC and performed speed and other tests - The network card was fully functional.

    Question:

    Is there some configureation I need to do? If so please explain in detail (or direct me to some clear documentation) as I am very new in this environment.

    Regards