Is there a limit in ESXi (6.7u3) free for maximum physical NICs? I have a server that had two onboard GE ports and a dual port GE addin card. Both show up and were usable in the ESX networking stack.
I needed a couple more physical ports so I added another new dual port 1GBE network card. (all are Intels on the HCL)
However when I rebooted ESXI after installing the new card, the onboard ports and the NEW ports show up as vmnic0-1,4-5 but the original addin card no longer shows as usable vmnics.
Before I had:
Now I have:
vmnic4 (new card)
vmnic5 (new card)
The card that’s missing still shows up in the BIOS and POSTS… also shows up in UCS IMC inventory, so it’s still there…
The only thing I see now when ESX kernel boots are these two messages:
2020-09-03T14:41:59.887Z cpu15:2097686)PCI: 1254: 0000:18:00.0 named ‘vmnic2’ (was ”)
2020-09-03T14:41:59.859Z cpu15:2097686)PCI: 1254: 0000:18:00.1 named ‘vmnic3’ (was ”)
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