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Community Networking Driver for ESXi

version 1.2 — May 19, 2021

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Release Date: January 13, 2021

Summary
This Fling is a collection of ESXi Native Drivers which enables ESXi to recognize and consume various PCIe-based network adapters (See Requirements for details). These devices are not officially on the VMware HCL and have been developed to enable and support the VMware Community.
Requirements
  • VMware ESXi 7.0 (x86) or newer is required
  • Any PCIe network adapters with VID/PID listed below are supported

igc-community

VendorChipsetVendorIDProductID
IntelEthernet Controller I225-LM0x80860x15f2
IntelEthernet Controller I225-V0x80860x15f3

e1000-community

VendorChipsetVendorIDProductID
IntelEthernet Connection (6) I219-LM0x80860x15bd
IntelEthernet Connection (6) I219-V0x80860x15be
IntelEthernet Connection (7) I219-LM0x80860x15bb
IntelEthernet Connection (7) I219-V0x80860x15bc
IntelEthernet Connection (10) I219-LM0x80860x0d4e
IntelEthernet Connection (10) I219-V0x80860x0d4f
IntelEthernet Connection (11) I219-LM0x80860x0d4c
IntelEthernet Connection (11) I219-V0x80860x0d4d
IntelEthernet Connection (12) I219-LM0x80860x0d53
IntelEthernet Connection (12) I219-V0x80860x0d55
IntelEthernet Connection (13) I219-LM0x80860x155b
IntelEthernet Connection (13) I219-V0x80860x155c
IntelEthernet Connection (14) I219-LM0x80860x15f9
IntelEthernet Connection (14) I219-V0x80860x15fa
IntelEthernet Connection (15) I219-LM0x80860x15f4
IntelEthernet Connection (15) I219-V0x80860x15f5
IntelEthernet Connection (16) I219-LM0x80860x1a1e
IntelEthernet Connection (17) I219-V0x80860x1a1f
IntelEthernet Connection (17) I219-LM0x80860x1a1c
IntelEthernet Connection (17) I219-V0x80860x1a1d
Instructions

Step 1 - Download the Offline Bundle zip file for the Community Networking Driver for ESXi and upload to ESXi host using either SCP or Datastore Browser

Step 2 - Install the ESXi Offline Bundle by running the following command on ESXi Shell to install ESXi Offline Bundle:
esxcli software vib install -d /path/to/the offline bundle zip
Step 4 - Reboot the ESXi host for the change to go into effect. Once the host has rebooted, ESXi should now allow be able to claim and use the network adapter.
Note: For the Intel NUC 11 (Pro/Performance), you will need to incorporate the Community Networking Driver for ESXi into a new ESXi Image Profile before you can install. You can use either the Image Builder UI in vCenter Server or Image Builder CLI with PowerCLI.
Changelog
May 19, 2021 - v1.2

      Net-Community-Driver_1.2.0.0-1vmw.700.1.0.15843807_18028830.zip
      md5: fc3b23201d78d3b0d75c8a4fcad759f3

What's New:
  • Support for Jumbo Frames (MTU up to 9000)
  • Support for Wake-on-LAN (WOL) for Intel i225 NIC

April 08, 2021 - v1.1

      Net-Community-Driver_1.1.0.0-1vmw.700.1.0.15843807_17858744.zip
      md5: 587d7d408184c90f6baf4204bb309171

What's New:
  • Resolve issue when using Intel vPro which can cause ESXi PSOD

February 17, 2021 - v1.0 (Initial Release)

      Net-Community-Driver_1.0.0.0-1vmw.700.1.0.15525992_17594603.zip
      md5: 23eb1a3084b096333ea5789fbfb86ef2

Known Issues:
  • The igc-community driver currently does not include optimization features such as Jumbo Frames/TSO/CSO/VLAN stripping