ESXi 6 Whitebox Realtek NIC issues

moooar_vsphere6I upgraded one of my whiteboxes to ESXi 6 and noticed the Realtek NIC was no longer detected.  I tried to install the same VIB I used previously and got dependency errors.   A quick google search later and I found this post that references a communities post that has a fix.  Yay!

Note – this probably shouldn’t have been posted publically during the beta program but meh, past is the past.

Here’s the VIB: http://vibsdepot.v-front.de/depot/vft/net51-drivers-1.0/net51-drivers-1.0.0-1vft.510.0.0.799733.x86_64.vib  I can confirm this working on a Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 that has a Realtek 8168 on board.   Many thanks to the author!

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3 thoughts on “ESXi 6 Whitebox Realtek NIC issues

  1. Hi Josh,

    thank you for this post! Please find a precise description of the issue, and detailed instruction on how to update/install white boxes (with Realtek NICs and other unsupported hardware) here:

    http://www.v-front.de/2015/03/vsphere-6-is-ga-ultimate-guide-to.html

    Andreas

  2. Hi,

    Only this .vib (1061 kb) did work for me with Realtek 8168 and VMware 6.0 :

    net55-r8168-8.039.01-napi.x86_64.vib

    The other smaller .vib files gave an error.

    regards,

    Arend

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