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465G7 ESXi 4.1 all 4 NICs show disconnected on half my servers

Daniel W. Stotz
Occasional Contributor

465G7 ESXi 4.1 all 4 NICs show disconnected on half my servers

Just built 6 ESXi 4.1 465G7 blades. Our build guy throws Windows on them for us to burn in, then we install ESXi. All blades had network connectivity with Windows 2008R2 installed. All ESXi installs went smoothly using the same iso from vmware. 3 blades came out perfect. 3 blades came out with all 4 NICs "Disconnected" under ESXi. These 3 blades will get an IP if we PXE boot and will have connectivity under Windows. See attached jpg

What's going on here? NIC firmware on these 3 perhaps?
3 REPLIES
Jan Soska
Honored Contributor

Re: 465G7 ESXi 4.1 all 4 NICs show disconnected on half my servers

Hello,
are blades absolutelly the same? Do you use DHCP? If yes, what does DHCP log say?

Jan
Carl Steele
Occasional Visitor

Re: 465G7 ESXi 4.1 all 4 NICs show disconnected on half my servers

You must make sure you use the HP version of the ESXi ISO installation media when installing to G7 servers. The vmware version doesn't have the correct NIC drivers in the base image.

http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Eye-on-Blades-Blog-Trends-in/HP-images-of-ESX-and-ESXi-for-G7-server-blades/ba-p/82746

Daniel W. Stotz
Occasional Contributor

Re: 465G7 ESXi 4.1 all 4 NICs show disconnected on half my servers

All servers are identical. No connectivity even after assigning static IP address. The NICs show "disconnected". Physical Switches show the interfaces as up. I'll try the HP image.