Monday, March 16, 2015

"no network adapters" in ESXi 6.0 GA (workstation 10, possibly any case)

Summary: If you don't meet the minimum 4GB of RAM you may get this error.

I used to do a few custom ESXi VMs for my nested hosts, keep them there and modify them as needed. 

Reason for that is the default settings are not of my particular liking. I don't let them have a 40GB disk - 1GB is more than fine for my lab. Likewise, I started my templates with the least amount of ram; in 5.0 and 5.1, that meant 2GB. 5.5 raised the minimum limit to 4GB, and told you very clearly about it! (felt like RTFM after that)



This will become important later. 

I naively installed my first ESXi 6.0 GA host with 2GB of RAM, and ran into this



"Well WTH?" i thought. I googled around but there wasn't anything too clear for "no network adapters" in ESXi 6.0 GA or VMware Workstation. I assumed there had to be a mistake so I checked the settings. Workstation doesn't let you choose the NIC adapter, although you can edit the VMX file.

Checking the VMX files, one for 5.5 and 6.0 I could see the e1000 adapter clearly listed.



Then I took a step back, (RTFM echoed in my head), and I went to check what the requirements were for ESXi 6.0 and saw 4GB ram - I thought, well let's get that fixed although there wasn't an error like in 5.5. Lo and behold, the installer now worked and I was able to install without any other problems.



So, there's a "gotcha" there, and that's what this blog is about :)

15 comments:

  1. Just want to say thank you for this post - I've been trying to install ESXi 6.0 on a test box and tearing my hair out because of this weird network adaptor error knowing that my card works on another rig, now I know why. Thanks again!

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  2. You're welcome!Glad i could save you some time and pain :)

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  3. no worries - I should submit a bug request, it's such a cryptic, throw you in a wrong way error

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  4. Thanks you so much for the useful information, i wasted my half day debugging this error finally i got answer from your blog..

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  5. thank you..... you are a life saver

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  6. OMG, it works, I was not assign it 4GB ram as I only testing how to use esxi. Strange error message...

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    1. Besides, I just found it has to be 4GB+ ram even I have finished the installation, otherwise it will stuck on the screen of "user loaded successfully". This is happening on my vmware workstation 12

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    2. Thank you. I will test this with the latest ISO and if I can reproduce, it's a major bug!

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  7. Thank you for your help...Good work

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    1. sorry for replying so late. glad you found it useful :)

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  8. Thanks a lot man.. you are great...

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