I am experiencing a strange issue in ESXi 5. I just installed a new NIC (RTL8169, which is supported), but ESXi only recognizes it on the first reboot after the installation.
So in order:
- Shutdown the server,
- Install the NIC,
- ESXi boots, NIC being recognize,
- Reboot another time, NIC is not recognized anymore by ESXi.
To make it work again, I need to completely remove the card, reboot ESXi without the NIC, reboot it again, reinstall the card, and then it works for only one time (until I reboot/shutdown).
Does any of you has experienced this kind of issue ? It is really strange...
I have oredered a Intel Pro/1000 as a replacement, but I would really like to know what could cause this...
Update: The onboard NIC is a Realtek RTL8168 and it is working fine. I guess differences are really small between RTL8168/RTL8169, no ?