I was looking into the S1200V3RPL motherboard and I350-T2 dual port Gigabit Ethernet card for my new ESXi server (Xeon E3 1230v3 processor). I was intrigued by the SR-IOV technique, supported by the I350-T2 network card. However, I could not find definitive answers to a couple of questions.
- Does the S1200V3RPL board support SR-IOV?
If it does, it seems that this setup fullfills all the criteria set in:
But then the I350-T2 is not listed as supported device using SR-IOV in ESXi 5.5. Does anyone know wether I'd be able to create VF's in ESXi? (Is the device unsupported but working? Or will it just not work alltogether?). I know the device itself is supported in ESXi 5.5, but I specificly need the SR-IOV to work.
Thanks in advance,
I have an ESXi 5.5 host with the older S1200BTL motherboard and a v1 Xeon E3. The integrated NIC that ESXi has drivers for is the 82574L but I have a couple i350-T2 cards installed in slots.
I just had a look in the vSphere Web Client and it is showing SR-IOV Status as being Disabled for each i350 based vmnic where the 82574L is showing as "Not supported" so it looks optimistic.
It allowed me to enable SR-IOV but I didn't click OK to confirm the change as it wasn't a good time for me to reboot the host.
I would tend to agree unless someone wiser than us says to the contrary.
I just checked a similarly configured ESXi 5.1 host with an I350-T4 and it is showing as not supported but it is currently running igb driver version 184.108.40.206 whereas the 5.5 host is running 220.127.116.11 so likely just a driver issue.
I'll try to get the driver on the 5.1 host upgraded over the next few days and see if the status changes to disabled.
I am now curious to try out SR-IOV myself so will test it this weekend and post back.