[Solved] New ESXi install, can't get DHCP or any connectivity on LAN.
For the sake of just getting this working I'm only using the two integrated NICs on this ESXi v5.5 host.
NIC0 = LAN & ESXi Management
NIC1 = WAN
I went through the usual ESXi pfSense configuration and install, which I've done plenty of times before. I do not have the NICs mixed up in ESXi or pfSense, checked this about 100 times to be sure. I even compared virtual MAC addresses to confirm.
If I set my laptop to a static IP on the same subnet as the ESXi host I can access the host via the vSphere client and configure pfSense. Once configured I can see that WAN is getting DHCP from the cable modem, and that the LAN has a static IP/24.
If I set my laptop's IP to something in the subnet of pfSense LAN, I can not ping it or access web configuration. If I set my laptop to DHCP it fails to see or get anything from the DHCP server, which in this case should be pfSense.
I have never had this problem before, and unlike all my other ESXi/firebox/etc pfSense installs this current one is for work and I need to get this working fast because I'm trying to sell my bosses on the use of pfSense and so far they're not impressed. :(
EDIT: I am not setting a gateway on LAN, and I've tried both my own static LAN IP and the default LAN IP during the initial pfSense CLI configuration.
EDIT2: I'm using the "pfSense-LiveCD-2.1.4-RELEASE-i386-20140620-1259" install. The host is a dual Xeon x6 server with 16GB RAM and 2x integrated Gb NIC. ESXi is version 5.5
Went ahead and did a fresh install of ESXi v5.5 on that server which I'll follow up with a fresh install of pfSense 32bit. Will report back in a few with the results.
I also installed a brand new Intel gigabit PCI NIC. The plan is to have…
NIC0 - Management
NIC1 - WAN
NIC2 - LAN(PCI NIC)
Reinstalling both appeared to work and I got in to the web config finally, but had no WAN…when I did the initial CLI configuration via vSphere I didn't have the modem plugged in because I didn't know what caused the problem on the first install.
Plugged in the modem, verified proper configuration of both integrated NICs, tried a release/renew in web config, nothing.
Rebooted pfSense, still no DHCP from the modem. Did a release/renew in web config, still no DHCP from the modem. Was working fine before the reinstall. :\
Host doesn't see PCI NIC, but that's another problem for another day.
Rebooted modem, everything seems to be working now.