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There have been numerous discussions such as this one requesting additional NIC support for more common desktop models. It seems that VMware is listening to those requests. ESXi 4.1 includes a Marvell (sky2) driver and perhaps this signals that VMware will add additional support for other NICs support as the Realtek 8169 series. No Marvell NICs are listed in the HCL, but this inclusion will be welcome to those running this NIC who don't want to worry about integrating a community compiled driver.

The source code for the driver is available in the open source package for ESX/ESXi 4.1 (download part 1) and VMware has used version 1.20 of the driver. Simple.map includes the following entries:

11ab:4354 0000:0000 network sky2
11ab:4362 0000:0000 network sky2

However, the PCI device map in the source code lists the following devices including models from SysKonnect and Dlink. So a change to simple.map may be all that's needed to support these devices. If you have an opportunity to test this driver please leave a comment below.

static const struct pci_device_id sky2_id_table[] = {
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_SYSKONNECT, 0x9000) }, /* SK-9Sxx */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_SYSKONNECT, 0x9E00) }, /* SK-9Exx */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_DLINK, 0x4b00) }, /* DGE-560T */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_DLINK, 0x4001) }, /* DGE-550SX */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_DLINK, 0x4B02) }, /* DGE-560SX */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_DLINK, 0x4B03) }, /* DGE-550T */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4340) }, /* 88E8021 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4341) }, /* 88E8022 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4342) }, /* 88E8061 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4343) }, /* 88E8062 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4344) }, /* 88E8021 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4345) }, /* 88E8022 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4346) }, /* 88E8061 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4347) }, /* 88E8062 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4350) }, /* 88E8035 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4351) }, /* 88E8036 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4352) }, /* 88E8038 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4353) }, /* 88E8039 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4354) }, /* 88E8040 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4356) }, /* 88EC033 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4357) }, /* 88E8042 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x435A) }, /* 88E8048 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4360) }, /* 88E8052 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4361) }, /* 88E8050 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4362) }, /* 88E8053 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4363) }, /* 88E8055 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4364) }, /* 88E8056 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4365) }, /* 88E8070 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4366) }, /* 88EC036 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4367) }, /* 88EC032 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4368) }, /* 88EC034 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x4369) }, /* 88EC042 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x436A) }, /* 88E8058 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x436B) }, /* 88E8071 */
{ PCI_DEVICE(PCI_VENDOR_ID_MARVELL, 0x436C) }, /* 88E8072 */
}

 

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