Dell Server: Qlogic 578xx FCoE Storage Adapter Disappears From VMware Client Configuration Tab Following Server Reboot

Dell Server: Qlogic 578xx FCoE Storage Adapter Disappears From VMware Client Configuration Tab Following Server Reboot

A Qlogic 578xx FCoE storage adapter may disappear from the VMware client > Configuration > Storage Adapters tab following a server reboot. This issue is reported in ESXi 6.0 U2 with the Dell Customized build; VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.0.0.update02-3620759.x86_64-Dell_Customized-A02.iso.
The Dell driver affected is:

Dell bnx2fc: 1.713.10.v60.4-1OEM.600.0.0.2494585

See graphic below for reference:

After rebooting server a couple of times.


Engineering is aware of this issue and a fix is planned in the next release of the bnx2fc driver, version 1.713.20.v60.5-1OEM.600.0.0.2494585. Driver development and validation is ongoing within Qlogic and Dell Engineering teams. The next scheduled driver release by Dell is in Q2FY18. However, the current VMware driver also contains the fix and is available for download at the following location:

To resolve this issue, execute the following command at the ESXi server console, see example below:
[root@localhost:~] esxcfg-module -s bnx2fc_autodiscovery=1 bnx2fc

Reboot the server. Following a reboot the command is persistent.
Alternatively, download and install the A01 version of the Dell customized offline bundle; VMware-ESXi-6.0.0.update02-3620759.x86_64-Dell_Customized-offline-bundle-A01. This bundle contains bnx2fc driver version 1.712.50.v60.7-1OEM.600.0.0.2494585, which does not exibit this issue.

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Article ID: SLN303527

Last Date Modified: 12/16/2016 06:59 AM

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