Okay so after building an ESXi 5.1 rig a little while ago (Blog Post Here) it’s now time to upgrade to VMware ESXi 5.5 – this for the first time in a while (for me at least) broke stuff!
After initial upgrade from the 5.1u1 platform my SSD datastore disappeared! I didn’t have any settings I was immediately interested in so thought I’d just try a fresh install – this brought a second issue as no NICs where found upon attempted install.
Thankfully having a hunt around google a few people had already commented on the issue experienced, so the fix was pretty simple as to the missing NIC. It turns out VMware have dropped support for the Realtek NICs, often found in a Whitebox environment, so until I get around to screenshots and steps myself head over HERE for the run down.
Alternatively another nice way of building the custom ISO which I probably prefer can be found HERE.
This is why I put Upgrading in brackets! If you upgrade an existing box the NIC drivers will remain so you should be good to go. If you fresh install then you’ll need the custom ISO or to at least inject the appropriate VIB. My side issue as to the Datastore disappearing was down to the ASMedia SATA controller no longer being supported either. The quick fix was to move the drive off this controller and on to the Intel controller, long term though I’d like to find the appropriate driver to add back in but haven’t had a chance to hunt!