Network Connectivity problem with openSUSE 13.1 VM on VMWare ESXi 5.5

First, I hope that this is the correct forum to post this problem. This weekend I installed VMWare ESXi 5.5 on an old Dell 2950 Server to evaluate the new VMWare ESXi and OpenSUSE 13.1 as well as some database applications. First I installed openSUSE 12.2 as a VM and it installed and configured without problems and it is now up and running fine. Next I installed openSUSE 13.1 as a VM with the same VM settings as my 12.2 VM and that is where I ran into problems.

Unfortunately I cannot connect to my network with my 13.1 VM. I have checked the network configuration several times and it is correct. I have spent the day digging around on the VM as well a looking for a similar problem on Internet Forums dealing with VMWare ESXi 5.5 or openSUSE 13.1. I am using VMWare’s VMXNET3 Driver, the same one that is being used by the 12.2 VM. I have been working whenever I get some spare time on this problem and do not seem to be able to discover a solution for this problem. I have inserted some information from the 13.1 VM Ethernet Interface below.

Does anyone have any ideas what might be going on with this device? Any help would certainly be appreciated.

PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
From icmp_seq=1 Destination Host Unreachable
From icmp_seq=2 Destination Host Unreachable
From icmp_seq=3 Destination Host Unreachable
From icmp_seq=4 Destination Host Unreachable
— ping statistics —
5 packets transmitted, 0 received +4 errors, 100% packet loss, time 4000ms
pipe 4

bullwinkle:/etc/sysconfig/network/ifconfig -a
ens160 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0C:29:1F:57:52
inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
RX packets:442 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:215 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:43594 (42.5 Kb) TX bytes:11904 (11.6 Kb)

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr: Mask:
RX packets:139 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:139 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:14482 (14.1 Kb) TX bytes:14482 (14.1 Kb)

bullwinkle:/etc/sysconfig/network/netstat -rn
Kernel IP routing table
Destination Gateway Genmask Flags MSS Window irtt Iface UG 0 0 0 ens160 U 0 0 0 lo U 0 0 0 ens160

Switch to e1000 in the ESX virtual machine preferences - VMXNET is a piece of poo (mainly because of its interdependency with vmware tools which, if they explode, take down the interface)

I’m running 13.1 as a server on ESX 5.1/HA for a system of about 1.5 billion hits per month so it works just fine under vSphere - 5.5 too :slight_smile:

Thank you very much for the quick help that you rendered, I really appreciate it. Your suggestion proved to do the trick and I now have a 13.1 VM that can communicate with my network. I can fianlly start to evaluate 13.1 and how it works with several databases.


If you want to use the VMXNET3, you’ll have to remove open-vm-tools and install the VMware’s own tools (they need to be compiled and manually installed). It’s not a big thing if you’re handy with command line (and sounds like you are) and if you use 1Gbps-10Gbps connections then they will be better in performance compared to the E1000 in throughput. Kernel 3.11 includes the vmxnet3 drivers but for some reason they seem to be buggy - perhaps with a newer kernel or in 13.2 this’ll be fixed.

Also you might want to consider using MariaDB 10.x GA from the repositories because it offers substantially better performance in some scenarios and contains bug fixes and backports from MySQL 5.6 (including some really nice performance enhancements);

Remember backups of existing databases and stuff before the upgrade, of course.

:frowning: I cant put my vm on, could someonehelp me please? My firewall is disable.
Please see the image bellow to understand better.