Unable to install second NIC on Filr after installing VMWare tools

  • 7012459
  • 22-May-2013
  • 05-Jun-2013


Novell Filr 1.0


After installing VMWare tools on Filr, it is impossible to install a second NIC.
Going into YaST and editing newly added NIC, will result in being kicked from the edit screen.


It is best to follow the install guide from: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&docTypeID=DT_KB_1_1&externalId=1018392

Run the /usr/bin/vmware-config-tools.pl, then accept all the defaults when the script runs.  Once the script is complete, the VMWare tools are installed.

The following workaround is unsupported, but it should work:

2 possible methods for adding second Nic

1)  Manually install NIC from yast.
  1. Go into yast2
  2. Select Network Devices
  3. Then select Network settings
  4. Click Add
  5. Edit settings accordingly.
2)  Install vmware tools ( had to do it manually: copy the gz to the appliance... unzip etc)
  1. stop filr #rcfilr stop
  2. mv /etc/sysconfig/network/ifcfg-eth0 to /etc/sysconfig/network/ifcfg-eth1
  3. #init 0
  4. in the vmware settings delete the existing nic
  5. Add a new network adapter and select type vmxnet3
  6. Power on
  7. verify eth1 with appropriate addr


There is a issue:that makes it impossible to add a second NIC via YAST.


Reported to Engineering

Additional Information

The VMXNET 3 adapter is the next generation of a paravirtualized NIC designed for performance, and is not related to VMXNET or VMXNET 2. It offers all the features available in VMXNET 2, and adds several new features like multiqueue support (also known as Receive Side Scaling in Windows), IPv6 offloads, and MSI/MSI-X interrupt delivery.