I tested the following NICs in my VMware ESXi 5.x whitebox server at home:
|NIC||Recognized by VMware ESXi 5||Listed in ESXi 5 as|
|Intel PRO/1000GT Desktop Adapter PCI||Yes||Intel 82541PI Gigabit Ethernet Controller|
|Realtek RTL 8111E||Yes||Realtek 8168 Gigabit Ethernet|
|Intel Gigabit CT Desktop Adapter PCI-e||Yes||Intel Corporation 82574L|
|Intel 82579 Gigabit LAN controller||No
You need the make a customized ESXi 5 ISO or VIB file.This is a not supported configuration!
|Intel Corporation 82579V orIntel Corporation 82579LM|
To add the Intel 82579 chipset, create a customized ESXi 5 ISO. This is very simple because some people have already done the hard work.
Here are the steps:
1. Download ESXi-Customizer (create by Andreas Peetz) found here.
2. Download the driver (created by Chilly) found here.
3. Start the ESXi-Customizer and follow the 3 steps:
And you are ready to install the customized VMware ESXi 5 ISO. The ISO supports the Intel 82579V and 82579LM NIC(s) found on many whitebox motherboards today. Possible future updated version(s) of the driver can be found in the following post.