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  • 1.  vmware on Supermicro X8SIL-F - NIC problems

    Posted Sep 24, 2010 04:14 PM

    Hello all,

    I am trying to get the VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi 4.1) up and running on the following server:

    • Supermicro X8SIL-F mainboard

    • Core i3-530 CPU

    • 8GB DDR3 memory

    The board has an dedicated IPMI LAN port and 2x Intel 82574L Gigabit Ethernet Controller, which is supported according to the compatibility list.

    After installing the hypervisor, everything seems to be fine at first. I could migrate one of my VMs (Windows 2000) from the current VMvare Server 2.0.2 to the new platform and it starts normally.

    But if I start transferring data via network to the VM (i.e. copying a directory tree with lots of pictures), the ethernet connection stops working totally after a while. Neither the VM, nor the mangement console can be reached from the network (ping) and alsono connection from the local management console to the outside world is possible (i.e. ping to other server).

    Interesting is, that "ethtool vmnic0" outputs "Link detected: yes" before and "Link detected: no" after the loss of the network connection.

    The driver used is this (output of "ethtool -i vmnic0"):

    driver: e1000e


    firmware-version: 1.9-0

    bus-info: 0000:02:00.0

    I have already found this thread: http://communities.vmware.com/thread/256853, but even the IntMode=0,0,0,0 settingdid not help.

    Is there anything else I con try to solve this problem? Can I somehow make use of the original Intel driver (unfortunately, I can not compile the source for x86_64 myself).

    Any help is very appreciated!



  • 2.  RE: vmware on Supermicro X8SIL-F - NIC problems

    Broadcom Employee
    Posted Sep 24, 2010 05:10 PM

    you can check compatibility in http://ultimatewhitebox.com/

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  • 3.  RE: vmware on Supermicro X8SIL-F - NIC problems
    Best Answer

    Posted Sep 24, 2010 09:07 PM

    Go into the BIOS and disable Active State Power Management and it should be fixed. Those NICs don't work with that setting enabled under anything but Windows 7/2008 R2 and RHEL/CentOS 5.

    Jason Litka

  • 4.  RE: vmware on Supermicro X8SIL-F - NIC problems

    Posted Sep 26, 2010 09:17 PM

    Thanks a lot Jason,

    the BIOS setting fixed the problem!