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May 15, 2018

Enable or Disable VMware 6.5 native drivers

One of my customers had a issue with the native driver igbn (version 1.3.1-1OEM.600.0.0.2768847) that was automatic loaded after install the ESXi host using the Dell Custom install media for 6.5.

After pining with Dell and VMware support desks the result was to switch from the native driver (igbn) to the standard driver (igb)(vmlinux)

Here a link to a VMware KB that gives more info on how to enable or disable native drivers.

Here the steps I followed to disable the igbn driver.

* enable SSH and connect to the ESXi server with admin right
* esxcli system module list | grep igb

* esxcli system module set –enabled=false –module=igbn
* reboot
* enable SSH and connect to the ESXi server with admin right
* esxcli system module list | grep igb

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