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Hi Guys, 

 

 Looking for a network card so i can create some VM's Using the onboard one in a Thinkserver at the moment. Can i use any network card or is there a specific one that works best ? Ideall 2-4 ports. 


Thanks in advance. 

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I think that Intel based cards seem to be well supported and stable. You can find 2 and 4 port ones on ebay cheap! You will need to follow carefully the grub.cfg settings to enable multiple nics, mac addresses etc

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thanks for the info, Is there a guide to what i need to do to the grub file then ? Bit of a noob to this. Was hoping it might be plug and play. 

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have a look at

 

Everything you need to setup DSM6.0.2 is here by Polanskiman, with plenty of other advice as people have installed/upgraded. Once you are ok with the process then you can try 6.1 etc

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cheers mate will take a look when i get home. I have the system up an running fine just want to add a NIC so i can run a VM, can i not just create a virtual switch and run a VM from this just like VMware ? 

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Some more info about your setup could help decide and get advice

If you are running a hypervisor on the bare metal Thinkserver  then adding any compatible card for that should allow you to do what you need, allocating a vswitch/nic to your virtual XPE/DSM. The same is true if you are running XPE/DSM and that as a hypervisor, but your nic would have to be compatible and edit the grub etc if you want more ports on the DSM install

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Im Running DSM on the bare metal. straight from a USB, Machine is a Lenovo think server TS140 with a Xeon Quad core. nothing fancy at all

 

all i want to do is run a VM ideally all over the built in NIC 

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50 minutes ago, randall8686 said:

Im Running DSM on the bare metal. straight from a USB, Machine is a Lenovo think server TS140 with a Xeon Quad core. nothing fancy at all

 

all i want to do is run a VM ideally all over the built in NIC 

 

so your planning to run Xpenology provisioned as a VM?

 

Not sure if this is what your trying but if you are trying a IOMMU or Direct Pass thru ESXI (to your NAS xpenology VM) you need to make sure your hardware / motherboard supports that.

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44 minutes ago, randall8686 said:

when i try to create a virtual switch it says no network interface available 

how many NIC total you have in your system? ideally for ESXI you gotta have atleast 2+ nic's

 

for Management(preferably separte vlan / IP subnet) and then your VMs'' IP

 

why dont you get a QUAd pci-e NIC they are just like $30-40 bucks or cheaper if you hunt on ebay.

 

are you trying to pass thru the NIC?

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whatever way you go (bare metal running a hypervisor with virtual XPE/DSM) or one of the DSM hypervisor options, grab a minimum two port intel nic and configure that, should be most compatible 

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cheers buddy went for a Dell Intel 4 port in the end as was around the corner on ebay so just drove round and picked it up. Going to give it a whirl this afternoon :smile: 

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OK one last question, Mac1 = the mac address on the mobo, Mac2,3,4,5 from the new NIC do i just generate a random MAC as the card has no Mac addresses on it. 

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OK so i have it working :smile: modified the grub file so there is a total of 4 Mac addresses yet DSM see's all 5. Im getting this message creating a VM i have tried modifying the subnet in network as you can see. any idea's ? 

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Try disabling the on-board nic (giving 4 nics). or grub settings to nif=5 and 5 matching mac addresses

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