Realtek NICS on ESXI

Hey all,

It has been a while since I have posted something, but I wanted to provide a quick post on something that I have used a lot over the years. This is something that has been helpful when trying to install ESXi on a white box machine. Additionally for machines with Realtek NICs.

Provided at the bottom of the article is the vibs and instructions below:

1. Use WinSCP or Cyberduck to copy the files to the ESXi host ex: /tmp
2. Change directory to the folder where there were uploaded to:
cd /tmp
3. Install the VIB:
esxcli software vib install -v /tmp/VMware_bootbank_net-r8168_8.013.00-3vmw.510.0.0.799733.vib
or
esxcli software vib install -v /tmp/VMware_bootbank_net-r8169_6.011.00-2vmw.510.0.0.799733.vib
4. Reboot the host, and it should be working now

Drivers:
http://franksayshai.com/download/VMware_bootbank_net-r8168_8.013.00-3vmw.510.0.0.799733.vib

http://franksayshai.com/download/VMware_bootbank_net-r8169_6.011.00-2vmw.510.0.0.799733.vib

Drivers sourced from this article:
https://www.vladan.fr/realtek-8169-nics-not-detected-under-esxi-5-5/

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