There is a lot of confusion about which NICs can be chosen for virtual machines (VMs) in VMware. I would like to give an overview for ESX 3.5.0 (with Update 4 & build-207095, but I suppose this also counts for other builds, especially for those in the “Update 4 range”).
When you create a VM you get the question which OS you will install. The choice you make heere has an influence on which kind of (virtual) devices can be used for the VM. The following list illustrates which NICs can be chosen and used, based on which Windows version you have selected. Read the rest of this entry »