Intel i354 - Avoton/ Rangeley With ESXi 5.5

Patrick

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The default installation media of VMware ESXi 5.5 did not include the updated igb driver for Avoton/ Rangeley based products such as the C2750 based Supermicro A1SAi-2750F.

I did find the following on the VMware site after searching for downloads

igb 5.0.5.1 driver package

That one is supposed to work with the Intel i354 network adapter. For the guide, you can use the same method found in this: ESXi with the Intel i210 and i350 network adapter guide

One caveat is to use the VIB not the tgz file.
 

Patrick

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Here is a screenshot with this all working. Note: No DirectPath I/O on the Avoton/ Rangeley platform:
 

vegaman

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Hmm, hopefully that's just a driver issue. It's disabled if you install async drivers like you had to, but the only built-in drivers with SR-IOV support are for the 10GbE cards/chips.
 

vegaman

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At the moment only the Avoton boards seem to be available. And only on Amazon at $550 or $600 depending on the seller.
I've also found a potential pitfall in my plan of getting a Rangeley board, apparently the US government is controlling exports because of the Quick Assist crypto acceleration.
 

Section09

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Hi there. So how goes the testing with ESXi? Would this be feasible for a VMware home lab? Maybe 2 or 3 for a cluster? Thanks!
 

JimPhreak

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I followed your guide Patrick but I'm unable to get any of the 4 NICs in my SuperMicro A1SAI-2558F after installing the custom ESXi 5.5 ISO (using the vib file injected in).

Am I missing something? I used these drivers.
 
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Biren78

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I followed the guide and it worked way back when I did it. I don't know why yours isn't.
 

JimPhreak

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I followed the guide and it worked way back when I did it. I don't know why yours isn't.
I know. It seems very straight forward but no matter what I do the NICs are detected. I know the NICs are working because I was previously using this board in a pfSense box.