Homelab: ESXi with Realtek card

  • 19 January 2023
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Version 12 of Veeam B&R is nearly here

if you haven’t registered yet: https://go.veeam.com/v12

and so is our desire to try it in our homelab and play with it in the evening, after dinner. It may happen that we dust off an old workstation with enough resources but one or more Realtek network cards.

If we install Hyper-V, everything will almost certainly go smoothly. 

And in case we wanna install a VMware ESXi solution? Well… We gonna have some headache, thanks to the lack of official support for that hardware. In fact it’s common that network cards remain offline.

This mini guide can come to your rescue.

You need at least 1 network card operative.

 

If you already have the necessary .vib

  1. Create a datastore and upload the VIB on your host.
  2. Enable SSH on ESXi and connect via Putty
  3. Set the vib acceptance level to “Community supported”
    esxcli software acceptance set –level=CommunitySupported
  4. Install vib
    esxcli software vib install -v /vmfs/volumes/datastore_name/package_name.vib
  5. Reboot host

After that, you can check list of installed VIBs on your ESXi host with this command:

  1. Esxcli software vib list

 

Ok Marco, but what’s about if I haven’t relative .vib or it’s corrupted or I got an error while installing it? This helpful repository come to our rescue:

https://vibsdepot.v-front.de/wiki/index.php/Welcome

 

If you don’t have the necessary .vib

  1. Enable SSH on ESXi and connect via Putty
  2. Set the vib acceptance level to “Community supported”
    esxcli software acceptance set –level=CommunitySupported
  3. Pull .vib to your host
    esxcli software vib install -n package_name -d https://vibsdepot.v-front.de

  4. Reboot host

 

And if there’s no working nc at starting?

There’s a third solution, by customize ESXi iso:

https://www.v-front.de/p/esxi-customizer-ps.html

 

Thanks to:

https://www.vladan.fr/realtek-8169-nics-not-detected-under-esxi-5-5/

https://communities.vmware.com/t5/vSphere-Upgrade-Install/realtek-driver-upload-issue-to-Esxi-6-7-Dependency-error/td-p/497511

https://vibsdepot.v-front.de/wiki/index.php/Welcome


8 comments

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Network cards are real fun with VMware as I have NUCs with USB NICs which required the updated fling to work in V8.  Great post and share. 👍

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Network cards are real fun with VMware as I have NUCs with USB NICs which required the updated fling to work in V8.  Great post and share. 👍

Yesterday after dinner I spent 1 hours to find the correct .vib and make it work 🤐 I had to write about and share with this community!

With Windows is waaaaaay much smoother!

Userlevel 7
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Network cards are real fun with VMware as I have NUCs with USB NICs which required the updated fling to work in V8.  Great post and share. 👍

Yesterday after dinner I spent 1 hours to find the correct .vib and make it work 🤐 I had to write about and share with this community!

With Windows is waaaaaay much smoother!

That is how we learn is by doing just this. 😁

Userlevel 7
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Network cards are real fun with VMware as I have NUCs with USB NICs which required the updated fling to work in V8.  Great post and share. 👍

Yesterday after dinner I spent 1 hours to find the correct .vib and make it work 🤐 I had to write about and share with this community!

With Windows is waaaaaay much smoother!

That is how we learn is by doing just this. 😁

Totally 😎

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Good one @marcofabbri 

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for my homely I always used intel network cards, for production also 🤣.

second hand they are cheap and very reliable!

;)

please don't say that about windows, OSX is the way! XD

Just kidding, flavors for everyone, but I prefer OSX.

cheers.

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Thx for sharing @marcofabbri , I’m also using NUCs at home and had to adjust the ISO in the past, I”m not yet using vSPhere 8, still running on 7 🤣

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Thx for sharing @marcofabbri , I’m also using NUCs at home and had to adjust the ISO in the past, I”m not yet using vSPhere 8, still running on 7 🤣

The USB NIC fling is updated to V8 so time to jump. 😜

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