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Can you use the Intel E1000 NIC driver in Nutanix with Windows Server 2012/2016?


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Sorry for posting this, i was unable to find the answer and i am not completely familiar with Nutanix yet. But does anyone know if you can use the Intel E1000 nic driver with windows server VM's in Nutanix Acropolis? Or are you locked in to the just the VirtIO driver? Thanks for your help!
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Best answer by Chandru 12 January 2018, 01:15

E1000 is a emulated device, virtio is para virtualized device which performs much better than E1000. Qualification is done on virtio nics but not on E1000 nics. Given your server is windows 2016 virtio should work fine any reason you are looking to use E1000?

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I am pretty new with this product, but I believe if you are running the AHV hypervisor, you can only use the VIRTIO driver. There aren't even any other options.
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Thanks for the info!
I asked here because i saw this:
http://vmwaremine.com/2017/06/22/add-1gbps-vnic-to-nutanix-ahv-vm/#sthash.Sa6JMdxM.CdRatWUZ.dpbs

It says from the acli(only) you can do vm.nic_create model=e1000 network=. wasn't sure if that is REALLY e1000 driver, or still VirtIO,but "model" is just a name.
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dacoty Yes E1000 is possible but not supported for production workloads.
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Good morning Chandru!
Thank you for the information. Can you elaborate a little on why that is not supported in production workloads? Is it because of speed, or another issue?

I'm just trying to understand a little more on this. Thank you for your help.
David
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E1000 is a emulated device, virtio is para virtualized device which performs much better than E1000. Qualification is done on virtio nics but not on E1000 nics. Given your server is windows 2016 virtio should work fine any reason you are looking to use E1000?

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