ESXi 7.0 Realtek RTL8111HSH NIC Install Fail

HP ProDesk 400 G4 Desktop Mini PC with a Realtek RTL8111HSH-CG Gigabit NIC

While https://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2020/03/homelab-considerations-for-vsphere-7.html states the Realtek will not work; I was curious to see where it would fail.

In VCSA 6.7 Image Builder, I was able to import the Realtek Driver and ESXi 7.0 VMware-ESXi-7.0.0-15843807-depot.zip
http://vibsdepot.v-front.de/depot/bundles/net55-r8168-8.045a-napi-offline_bundle.zip

Side note –
Looking at the 8 core i7-9700T tiny boxes, looks like Dell will be a no go too until the USB NIC fling as an ESXi 7.0 version.
Dell Optiplex 3070 Micro – Realtek RTL8111HSD-CG
HP ProDesk 600 G5 Desktop Mini PC – Intel I219-LM
Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q – Intel I219-LM

I took a 64GB USB drive and rufus-3.9 to make the custom 7.0 installer.
The install process made it though the disk and password windows. It then failed:

VMware ESXi 7.0.0 Installer
Operation failed
This program has encountered an error:

(Use the arrow keys to scroll)

Error (see log for more info):
Could not obtain nodule order from esximage db: Error (see log for more info):
The installation profile could not be validated due to the following errors:

VIB Realtek_bootbank_net55-r8168 8.045a-napi’s acceptance level is community, which is not conpliant uith the ImageProfile acceptance level partner

VIB Realtek _bootbank_net55-r8168 8.045a-napi requires com.vmware.driverAPI-9.2.2.0, but the requirement cannot be satisfied with in the ImageProfile.

VIB Realtek bootbank_net55-r8168_8.045a-napi requires vmkapi2_2_0_0, but the requirement cannot be satisfied within the ImageProfile.

The preceding information will assist the VMware Support team with your problem. Please record this information before proceeding.

 

Setup

HP ProDesk 400 G4 Desktop Mini PC with a Realtek RTL8111HSH-CG Gigabit NIC

While https://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2020/03/homelab-considerations-for-vsphere-7.html states the Realtek will not work; I was curious to see where it would fail.

In VCSA 6.7 Image Builder, I was able to import the Realtek Driver and ESXi 7.0 VMware-ESXi-7.0.0-15843807-depot.zip
http://vibsdepot.v-front.de/depot/bundles/net55-r8168-8.045a-napi-offline_bundle.zip

Side note –
Looking at the 8 core i7-9700T tiny boxes, looks like Dell will be a no go too until the USB NIC fling as an ESXi 7.0 version.
Dell Optiplex 3070 Micro – Realtek RTL8111HSD-CG
HP ProDesk 600 G5 Desktop Mini PC – Intel I219-LM
Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q – Intel I219-LM

Fail

I took a 64GB USB drive and rufus-3.9 to make the custom 7.0 installer.
The install process made it though the disk and password windows. It then failed:

VMware ESXi 7.0.0 Installer
Operation failed
This program has encountered an error:

(Use the arrow keys to scroll)

Error (see log for more info):
Could not obtain nodule order from esximage db: Error (see log for more info):
The installation profile could not be validated due to the following errors:

VIB Realtek_bootbank_net55-r8168 8.045a-napi’s acceptance level is community, which is not conpliant uith the ImageProfile acceptance level partner

VIB Realtek _bootbank_net55-r8168 8.045a-napi requires com.vmware.driverAPI-9.2.2.0, but the requirement cannot be satisfied with in the ImageProfile.

VIB Realtek bootbank_net55-r8168_8.045a-napi requires vmkapi2_2_0_0, but the requirement cannot be satisfied within the ImageProfile.

The preceding information will assist the VMware Support team with your problem. Please record this information before proceeding.

 

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