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  • Adding a 4 port GbE card to a VMWARE server

    Hello everyone, just signed up today. I will be grateful if someone can guide me on my first steps on virtualization.

    I am building a machine to work as a VMWARE ESXi server (ESXi 4.0) ... and I want to put 6 GbE ports on it ... since the motherboard only has two, and the installation doesn't ask for additional drivers, I have read that it has to be installed via the remote Command line interface ... I admit I am a dummy, though I understand the logic of Linux.

    So, in short, questions:

    1. Can I run a CLI to manage an ESXi 4.0 server on Windows? or do I need a Linux machine (if so, I can install one on my machine as a VM on VMWare Workstation). I have tried installing from the windows management client, but it seems it needs to be done from a command line interface ...

    2. Is there an appliance to do this anywhere?

    Thanks for your invaluable help on this.

    Nelson Reyes

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    Re: Adding a 4 port GbE card to a VMWARE ESXi 4.0 server

    Originally posted by NelsonReyes View Post
    1. Can I run a CLI to manage an ESXi 4.0 server on Windows?
    I believe you can access the ESXi console via SSH (once enabled - Google if you don't know how). In which case, you just need a Windows SSH client (with a hint on what to search for )
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      Re: Adding a 4 port GbE card to a VMWARE server

      You cannot install new drivers for the network, they are either recognized by the ESXi OS or not

      Look for something that is on the HCL
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        Re: Adding a 4 port GbE card to a VMWARE server

        Use intel NICs and you`ll be fine... And look trough HCL as Maish said...

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        • #5
          Re: Adding a 4 port GbE card to a VMWARE server

          VMware has a remote command line client software package for Windows, Linux, and also has a virtual machine.

          http://www.vmware.com/download/vi/dr...RM=MSNH11&qs=n

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            Re: Adding a 4 port GbE card to a VMWARE server

            Thanks all for your suggestions.

            The card I want to add IS on the HCL for ESX and ESXi 4.0. This particular answer is, it seems, what I was looking for. I'll try it.
            Last edited by NelsonReyes; 4th September 2009, 22:42.

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            • #7
              Re: Adding a 4 port GbE card to a VMWARE server

              You need the RCLI or even better these days the vMA to remotely manage ESXi hosts. RCLI comes in 2 flavors: Virtual Appliance and Installable package for Windows.

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