Vmware esxi5.1 nic-pass through. Nic only works after rebooting guest machine
I have recently installed pfsense my esxi 5.1 machine.
I have used DirectPath I/O to pass through one the physical network card (intel card) to pfsense and I'm using this as the WAN card.
The LAN in pfsense is virtual network card connected to a virtual switch on the esxi.
After installing pfsense and configured all the settings the WAN card wasn't working.
I rebooted the pfsense guest machine. After doing this the WAN card was working.
If I shutdown the pfsense guest. And then boot it up again. The WAN card is not working.
If I then reboot the pfsense guest. The WAN card is working again
Maybe the pass through is not 100% ready when pfsense is booting up the first time the machine is starting? Maybe a workaround would be to get pfsense to wait a little bit before booting? Just my guess.
Why is it like this? Does anyone have an idea of what's wrong?
You could try auto-start for the pfSense VM and setting a delay of, say, one or two minutes?
Do you mean in the Virtual Machine Startup/Shutdown under Configuration section on esxi?
The problem remains the same.
Or do you mean some place on the actual pfsense guest machine?
OK. Is there a particular reason you want to pass through the one and only NIC to pfSense?