Hey Brian, other TP-LINK fans out there, see this recent comment: -link-gigabit-pci-express-network-adapter-tg-3468-for-esxi-5-5-home-lab/#comment-1062253063and yes, the Realtek chip its based on can still work on ESXi 5.5, seen here: -esxi-5-5-with-realtek-8111-or-8168-nic
The ESXi-Customizer-PS PowerShell script ( -front.de/p/esxi-customizer-ps.html) can be used to integrate drivers and updates into the ESXi 5.x, 6.x, and 7.0 installation images. To use this script, you must have VMware PowerCLI installed on your computer.
I finally got annoyed. I have 2x esxi production hosts and 2x proxmox hosts that are my homelab testing hosts. The only reason tehy dont have esxi on them is the fact my dell optiplex mciro sff 7080s dont recongize nic and sata drivers. WEll that is now fixedI also moved my production esxi hots from 6..5 to 6.7 and vcenter to 6.7 as wellThanks for this guide!
TG-3468 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit PCIe Network Adapter is a highly integrated and cost-effective 32-bit Gigabit PCIe Ethernet Adapter which is fully compliant with IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u and IEEE 802.3ab specifications.
The PCIe Gigabit Network Adapter TG-3468 is a high performance adapter designed for the high-speed PCI Express Bus Architecture. Designed to support 10/100/1000Mbps network speed Auto-Negotiation, 802.3x flow control and Wake-on-LAN technology. TG-3468 Gigabit PCIe Network Adapter is a highly integrated and cost-effective Gigabit Ethernet adapter which is a good selection to upgrade your network.
Hi. Is there a way to install Realtek VIB without network access? for example mount USB flash in esxi console and install it?Because it`s possible to install esxi 5.5 on a USB flash with VMware Workstation and boot target machine with this USB flash. It boot fine and there is access to console. Of course a messages shows that there is no network adapter!( When I install esxi directly on this machine the setup detect no compatible network adapter and force me to restart the machine.)Of course ESXi-Customizer works fine for me. Just an idea. Thanks.
[[email protected]:] esxcli software vib install -v /vghetto-ax88179-esxi65.vib[InstallationError]('virtuallyGhetto_bootbank_vghetto-ax88179-esxi65_6.0.0-1.0.0', 'The VIB virtuallyGhetto_bootbank_vghetto-ax88179-esxi65_6.0.0-1.0.0 does not contain a signature.')vibs = virtuallyGhetto_bootbank_vghetto-ax88179-esxi65_6.0.0-1.0.0Please refer to the log file for more details.
[[email protected]:] esxcli software vib install -v -download/vghetto-ax88179-esxi65.vib -f[InstallationError]('virtuallyGhetto_bootbank_vghetto-ax88179-esxi65_6.0.0-1.0.0', 'The VIB virtuallyGhetto_bootbank_vghetto-ax88179-esxi65_6.0.0-1.0.0 does not contain a signature.')vibs = virtuallyGhetto_bootbank_vghetto-ax88179-esxi65_6.0.0-1.0.0Please refer to the log file for more details.
[InstallationError]('virtuallyGhetto_bootbank_vghetto-ax88179-esxi65_6.0.0-1.0.0', 'The VIB virtuallyGhetto_bootbank_vghetto-ax88179-esxi65_6.0.0-1.0.0 does not contain a signature.')vibs = virtuallyGhetto_bootbank_vghetto-ax88179-esxi65_6.0.0-1.0.0Please refer to the log file for more details.
Hello William, i use your driver 88179 under esxi6.5 it works great wih windows 7 or windows 2012 virtual vms but the nic hangs with windows 10 en windows 2016 can you solve the problem kind regards Ewout
The only suggestion i had is that when you explain the installation, you could explain also that if someone has problems to install the drivers directly from the storage units, there is another option to install it, using the URL to the file:esxcli software vib install -v -download/vghetto-ax88179-esxi65.vib -f
esxcli software vib install -v /vghetto-ax88179-esxi65.vib -f[VibDownloadError]('/vghetto-ax88179-esxi65.vib', '/tmp/vibtransaction/tmp.vib', '[Errno 2] Local file does not exist: /vghetto-ax88179-esxi65.vib')url = /vghetto-ax88179-esxi65.vib
esxcli software vib install -v vghetto-ax88179-esxi65.vib[VibDownloadError]('vghetto-ax88179-esxi65.vib', '/tmp/vibtransaction/tmp.vib', '[Errno 2] Local file does not exist: /var/log/vmware/vghetto-ax88179-esxi65.vib')url = vghetto-ax88179-esxi65.vibPlease refer to the log file for more details.
I was having the following issue:With the 6.0 driver on a 6.5 esxi, when i tryed to copy large amount of files from a fisical machine to a virtual machine the driver hang or something happend with the \"vswitch0 (2 nics: fisical and usb)\" that stops the copy and every vm running alert that the internet communication was broken.
To install the new driver i had to make the following, because i was unable to install it, the esxi alway skipped the file:-Remove the old driver.-Stop all the running machines.-Delete de usbnic from the vswitch0(i had a bond, the vswitch0 with two nics).-Reboot the esxi.-Check if the usbnic still appear at the exci console. OK not appeared.-Install the new driver.-Refresh the esxi console, the usbnic appeared again. Link it to the vswitch again.-Reboot the esxi. Not neccesary.-Try again to copy large amount of data(more than 4Gb).OK its works!!!!!!
Same problem on vSwitch:I'm using 2 usb nic (Startech) added to a virtual switch (for vMotion and iSCSI on esxi 6.5) at reboot the vSwitch have NONE active uplink, if I edit the vSwitch I see the two nic cards as uplink and the vSwitch come alive; seems the usb driver was loaded after the networks drivers, there some trick to solve this issue?
I tried to add the driver bundle to an image to build an customized iso with powercli but it fails. It gives an error message:Export-ESXImageProfile : The VIB virtuallyGhetto_bootbank_vghetto-ax88179-esxi65_6.0.0-1.0.0 does not contain a signature.How do i fix this? The ESXi install doesn't want to load because my onboard Realtek NIC and my attached USB NIC is not recognized.
Hello vG,I'm struggling with the installation of USB network driver on my NUC. I did the steps as above. I can see the USB dives > lsusb command. So that's good. Installed the driver > Installation ResultMessage: Operation finished succesfully.VIBs Installed: virtualGhetto_bootbank_vghetto-ax88179-esxi65_0.0-1.0.0So that's also good. Did the check command esxcli network nic list.There is other nic installed than it was.What did i do wrong.PS > bought this USB network card >StarTech USB 3.0 to Dual Port Gigabit Ethernet Adapter NIC with USB Port
Hi William,I am using the dual eth USB startech and having same issue.When rebooting the esxi now in 6.5 ( but prior in 6.0 happened the same) one of the vusb does not reconnect to the vswitch.
I'm using the startech adapter with your 6.5 driver on a gen6 skull canyon, running esxi 6.5 u1. I have a sophos xg appliance using the USB adapter for its WAN interface, routed through to a netcomm n4fv modem/router - so basically the XG has an untagged port group on the usb's vswitch with an IP address of 192.168.20.101 and the gateway configured as the router's IP, 192.168.20.1, and the XG's IP is configured as the DMZ host.
I have the same problem. I haveDual StarTech USB and the two nuc in esxi 6.7(Baby Canyon)I try everything, fresh esxi install, uninstall and repeat the instalation of the drivers. But the problem persist.
[[email protected]:] esxcli software vib install -v /vmfs/volumes/2TB/vghetto-ax88179-esxi65.vib -fInstallation ResultMessage: Host is not changed.Reboot Required: falseVIBs Installed:VIBs Removed:VIBs Skipped: virtuallyGhetto_bootbank_vghetto-ax88179-esxi65_6.0.0-1.0.0
This is what I see when I do a esxcli software vib listName Version Vendor Acceptance Level Install Date----------------------------- ----------------------------------- --------------- ---------------- ------------vghetto-ax88179-esxi65 6.0.0-1.0.0 virtuallyGhetto VMwareCertified 2018-12-01
Hi John, thank you for the tip. I just tested the tp-link UE300 and it's working good. I also realized that i have compiled the realtek driver to the esxi image when installing it, so i don't know if it could have interfered with the asix driver in some way...Anyways, i'll keep testing the UE300 but it's promising with the first tests.Thank you again for the tip ?Karim.
When I enter esxcli software vib get, there's this entry:virtuallyGhetto_bootbank_vghetto-ax88179-esxi65_6.0.0-1.0.0Name: vghetto-ax88179-esxi65Version: 6.0.0-1.0.0Type: bootbankVendor: virtuallyGhettoAcceptance Level: VMwareCertifiedSummary: [Fling] AX88179 USB 3.0 NIC Driver for ESXi 6.5Description: AX88179 USB 3.0 Gigabit Driver for ESXi 6.5ReferenceURLs:Creation Date: 2016-11-01Depends:Conflicts:Replaces:Provides:Maintenance Mode Required: FalseHardware Platforms Required:Live Install Allowed: TrueLive Remove Allowed: TrueStateless Ready: TrueOverlay: FalseTags:Payloads: payload1
I installed a TP-Link TG-3468 (Realtek) network card into my system, it sees it but its grouped with my motherboard Ethernet (Intel) IOMMU group 14. My ACS Override is ON. and I tried swapping the card to another PCIe Slot. Any other way to force it to another seperate IOMMU group? 076b4e4f54