VMware ESXi 5.1, I had to change the NIC adapter from vmxnet3 to e1000. Since there was no way to actually change the driver the NIC adapter is using I had to delete the vmxnet3 adapter and create an e1000 one.
This resulted in the removal of vmnic0, vmnic1, and vmnic2 (each ESXi host has three adapters), and the creation of vmnic3, vmnic4, and vmnic5.
The problem is that all the documentation and existing network configuration is laid out for vmnic0, vmnic1, and vmnic2.
What do I need to do to have my new e1000 adapters be recognized as vmnic0, vmnic1, and vmnic2 by ESXi?
I have access to the DCUI so I can make whatever changes on the local console without the need to SSH in. I understand that ultimately the configuration options are in /etc/vmware/esx.conf and I definitely see vmnic0 entries in there. At the same time I don't want to mess the config up for good. There has to be an option to remove old vmnics and reclaim the associated device names?