ESXi 7.0 Dell OptiPlex 5070 Micro – Intel Ethernet Connection (7) I219-V

  • Originally I had to disable secure boot, disable UEFI, boot to the legacy ESXi installed (older grub menu) otherwise ESXi installer would not detect the NVME drive.
  • Fix – BIOS – Disabled RAID and set to the Cannon Lake PCH-H AHCI Controller
  • A fresh install to the WDC SN520 NVMe 256GB and 1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus with Secure Boot and UEFI was a success.

Intel Ethernet Connection (7) I219-V VEN_8086&DEV_15BC worked out of the box.

[root@localhost:~] esxcli software vib list | grep gb
igbn 0.1.1.0-6vmw.700.1.0.15843807 VMW VMwareCertified 2020-08-15
ixgben 1.7.1.26-1vmw.700.1.0.15843807 VMW VMwareCertified 2020-08-15

 

[root@localhost:~] esxcli network nic list
Name PCI Device Driver Admin Status Link Status Speed Duplex MAC Address MTU Description
—— ———— —— ———— ———– —– —— —————– —- ———–
vmnic0 0000:00:1f.6 ne1000 Up Up 1000 Full 8c:04:ba:9b:df:d1 1500 Intel Corporation Ethernet Connection (7) I219-V

[root@localhost:~] lspci -v | grep “I219-V” -A 1
0000:00:1f.6 Network controller Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation Ethernet Connection (7) I219-V [vmnic0]
Class 0200: 8086:15bc

 

[root@localhost:~] esxcli network nic get -n vmnic0
Advertised Auto Negotiation: true
Advertised Link Modes: Auto, 10BaseT/Half, 100BaseT/Half, 10BaseT/Full, 100BaseT/Full, 1000BaseT/Full
Auto Negotiation: true
Cable Type: Twisted Pair
Current Message Level: -1
Driver Info:
Bus Info: 0000:00:1f:6
Driver: ne1000
Firmware Version: 0.5-4
Version: 0.8.4
Link Detected: true
Link Status: Up
Name: vmnic0
PHYAddress: 0
Pause Autonegotiate: false
Pause RX: false
Pause TX: false
Supported Ports: TP
Supports Auto Negotiation: true
Supports Pause: false
Supports Wakeon: true
Transceiver:
Virtual Address: 00:50:56:50:24:7f
Wakeon: MagicPacket(tm)

  • 1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive SSD MZ-V7S1T0B/AM (3,500MB/s Seq. Read / 3,300MB/s Seq. Write)
    ESXi Driver nvme_pcie – NVMe SSD Controller SM981/PM981/PM983
  • Western Digital PC SN520 – 256GB – Sequential Read/Write Up to 1,700/1,300MB/s
  • For the single VM testing – Win 2019 VM – 6 CPU / 20GB RAM / NVMe controller for C:\
    CrystalDiskMark7_0_0h 
  • Ran prime 95 on a VM and the fan is quieter than a HP ProDesk 400 G4 Mini.
  • Neat ESXi sees the SGX Enclave Page Cache Size.
  • Only 803.25 GB usable datastore space on 1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe
Setup
FIX - BIOS RAID
  • Originally I had to disable secure boot, disable UEFI, boot to the legacy ESXi installed (older grub menu) otherwise ESXi installer would not detect the NVME drive.
  • Fix – BIOS – Disabled RAID and set to the Cannon Lake PCH-H AHCI Controller
  • A fresh install to the WDC SN520 NVMe 256GB and 1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus with Secure Boot and UEFI was a success.
I219-V

Intel Ethernet Connection (7) I219-V VEN_8086&DEV_15BC worked out of the box.

[root@localhost:~] esxcli software vib list | grep gb
igbn 0.1.1.0-6vmw.700.1.0.15843807 VMW VMwareCertified 2020-08-15
ixgben 1.7.1.26-1vmw.700.1.0.15843807 VMW VMwareCertified 2020-08-15

 

[root@localhost:~] esxcli network nic list
Name PCI Device Driver Admin Status Link Status Speed Duplex MAC Address MTU Description
—— ———— —— ———— ———– —– —— —————– —- ———–
vmnic0 0000:00:1f.6 ne1000 Up Up 1000 Full 8c:04:ba:9b:df:d1 1500 Intel Corporation Ethernet Connection (7) I219-V

[root@localhost:~] lspci -v | grep “I219-V” -A 1
0000:00:1f.6 Network controller Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation Ethernet Connection (7) I219-V [vmnic0]
Class 0200: 8086:15bc

 

[root@localhost:~] esxcli network nic get -n vmnic0
Advertised Auto Negotiation: true
Advertised Link Modes: Auto, 10BaseT/Half, 100BaseT/Half, 10BaseT/Full, 100BaseT/Full, 1000BaseT/Full
Auto Negotiation: true
Cable Type: Twisted Pair
Current Message Level: -1
Driver Info:
Bus Info: 0000:00:1f:6
Driver: ne1000
Firmware Version: 0.5-4
Version: 0.8.4
Link Detected: true
Link Status: Up
Name: vmnic0
PHYAddress: 0
Pause Autonegotiate: false
Pause RX: false
Pause TX: false
Supported Ports: TP
Supports Auto Negotiation: true
Supports Pause: false
Supports Wakeon: true
Transceiver:
Virtual Address: 00:50:56:50:24:7f
Wakeon: MagicPacket(tm)

NVMe Speed
  • 1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive SSD MZ-V7S1T0B/AM (3,500MB/s Seq. Read / 3,300MB/s Seq. Write)
    ESXi Driver nvme_pcie – NVMe SSD Controller SM981/PM981/PM983
  • Western Digital PC SN520 – 256GB – Sequential Read/Write Up to 1,700/1,300MB/s
  • For the single VM testing – Win 2019 VM – 6 CPU / 20GB RAM / NVMe controller for C:\
    CrystalDiskMark7_0_0h 
Observations
  • Ran prime 95 on a VM and the fan is quieter than a HP ProDesk 400 G4 Mini.
  • Neat ESXi sees the SGX Enclave Page Cache Size.
  • Only 803.25 GB usable datastore space on 1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe
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