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0000944: VMWare network emulation (pcnet32) problem - MantisBT Endian Bugtracker
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IDProjectCategoryView StatusDate SubmittedLast Update
0000944Endian FirewallNetwork related (VPN, uplinks)public2008-06-13 13:432010-09-23 15:11
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PlatformOSOS Version
Product Version2.2-rc1 
Target VersionFixed in Version 
Summary0000944: VMWare network emulation (pcnet32) problem
DescriptionDear Peter,

I can only reproduce this problem when using EFW in a VMWare Virtual Machine.

It looks like I'm loosing connectivity. I have to tweak VMWare ESX VM priority to reduce Interrupt maximum delay and increase the VM priority. Even f I'm doing this, I found that I needed to run a permanent ping to the default gateway in order to maintain active the the RED link. Finally, even if I'm doing all of this, if I connect using OpenVPN, the connection to the GREEN interface doesn't work. The OpenVPN client can only access the Internet and not machines located on the GREEN interface because EFW fail to receive the ARP reply on the GREEN interface! IPSec tunnels are working intermittently.

I configured the exact same environment using a real machine either using Broadcom chipset (tg3 driver) or Intel chipset (e1000 driver) and the setup is working fine either using OpenVPN or IPSec.

Could it be a problem when using the pcnet32 driver?
I installed the VMWare Tools but I did not recompile the specific VMWare pcnet32 driver because I did not installed the EFW developement tools (GCC, ...). Could it be the cause of the issue? If yes, then where can I get Toolchain RPMs for binutils, GCC, ... to install it on this new release of EFW so that I can compile the VMWare's pcnet32 driver.

Best regards,

Paul Gallant
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mike-f (updater)
2009-06-12 16:38

please try to

* update your esx to a recent version
* use "e1000" as adapter-type in esx

no issues for us with that config

- Issue History
Date Modified Username Field Change
2008-06-13 13:43 papoux_gallant New Issue
2008-06-13 13:43 papoux_gallant Status new => assigned
2008-06-13 13:43 papoux_gallant Assigned To => peter-endian
2009-06-10 13:12 peter-endian Relationship added child of 0001927
2009-06-10 13:33 peter-endian Assigned To peter-endian =>
2009-06-12 16:38 mike-f Note Added: 0002613
2009-06-12 16:38 mike-f Status assigned => feedback
2010-09-23 15:11 peter-endian Status feedback => closed
2010-09-23 15:11 peter-endian Resolution open => suspended

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