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XG Home Edition on ESXi 6.7 with 4+ vNICs - NICs order

 Hello!

Im trying to install Sophos XG on my ESXi 6.7 using ISO (as OVA has some issues on my ESXi when trying to import VM from it). I need 6 interfaces so I added 6 network adapters to VM. Installation finished without any issues and also I was able to finish Initial Setup. But after reboot XG stops to answer on both LAN and WAN interfaces (other networks does not contain any hosts yet so I checked only LAN and WAN).

I found that XG works well if VM has only 3 interfaces. If add one more this issue appears again.

Is there any kind of port count limit for Home Edition or what else may cause this?



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  • Found the root of the issue - VMXNET3 adapters. After swithing to E1000 issue was been fixed.

  • Hi Ivan,

    That's very odd, VMXNET3 are the recommended virtual hardware and not E1000 due to performance and stability.

    I would recommend being logged in via the console and doing "ifconfig eth0" and working out what happens to them, you may find it could be the nic ordering is just getting messed up. Compare the mac address from the ifconfig to what you have assigned in the VMWare machine config.

    Emile

  • Hi Emile,

    Thank you for your reply!

    Is there any real issue I can face if I leave E1000 as network adapters?

    I suspect that you are correct regarding NIC order issue as I found exactly same issue with pfSense. But actually I prefer to have NICs ordered in the same way in both XG and ESXi, so it is not an option anyway...

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  • Hi Emile,

    Thank you for your reply!

    Is there any real issue I can face if I leave E1000 as network adapters?

    I suspect that you are correct regarding NIC order issue as I found exactly same issue with pfSense. But actually I prefer to have NICs ordered in the same way in both XG and ESXi, so it is not an option anyway...

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