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Network failure when ESX/ESXi loads the bnx2 driver in a shared VLAN environment (1019513)

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Symptoms

In a VLAN environment where the Remote Access controller is shared with a LOM NIC (LAN on Motherboard NIC), you may experience these symptoms when ESX/ESXi 4.0 loads the bnx2 network driver:
  • Network communication stops
  • Network failure

Resolution

This issue occurs if the bnx2 asynchronous driver is out of date. To resolve this issue, download and install driver version 1.9.26c or later.
 
To download the driver:
  1. Browse to the Download Center and navigate to the VMware vSphere 4.
  2. Click the Drivers & Tools tab.
  3. Expand Driver CDs.
  4. Click the Download button next to VMware ESX/ESXi 4.0 Driver CD for Broadcom NetXtreme II BCM5706, BCM5708, BCM5709, BCM5716 Ethernet Controllers.

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