NIC testing in the community

We have tested the cards listed in NICs Tested by Dynatrace. We make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding any other card's performance or reliability.

If you want to try an untested card to see whether it works correctly with NAM, you are welcome to conduct your own tests. When choosing a card to test, be sure that your deployment adheres to the restrictions described in NAM NIC support and that your card uses one of the drivers listed below.

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7: ixgbe
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6: ixgbe, bnx2x, igb, e1000e, e1000, bnx

Ensuring NIC driver compatibility

When selecting NICs for a NAM Probe, be sure to follow these rules:

  • Two cards are compatible if they can use the same custom driver. Check the tables to see which custom driver each card takes.
  • You cannot mix custom and native drivers on the same NAM Probe.
  • You cannot mix different custom drivers in the same NAM Probe.
  • You can mix unsupported NICs with supported NICs as long as they all use the native driver.
  • You cannot mix 1 GbE sniffing NICs with 10 GbE.

10 gigabit cards with Intel chipset


If the RHEL native driver (ixgbe) supports the card, the NAM Probe will support it with a customized equivalent of this native driver that has been optimized for the NAM Probe.

Cards containing the following PCI IDs are supported by the ixgbe driver in the Data Center RUM 2017 May release and Dynatrace NAM 2018:

8086:10B6, 8086:10C6, 8086:10C7, 8086:10C8, 8086:10DB, 8086:10DD, 8086:10E1, 8086:10EC, 8086:10F1, 8086:10F4, 8086:10F7, 8086:10F8, 8086:10F9, 8086:10FB, 8086:10FC, 8086:1507, 8086:1508, 8086:150B, 8086:1514, 8086:1517, 8086:151C, 8086:1528, 8086:1529, 8086:152A, 8086:154A, 8086:154D, 8086:154F, 8086:1557, 8086:1558, 8086:1560, 8086:15AD

Note
  • If the device ID is listed, use the AMD custom driver (ixgbe).
  • If the device ID is not listed, use the native driver.

To check your device ID in RHEL:

  1. Log on to the NAM Probe.
  2. At the system prompt, execute the following command: lspci -nn | grep Ethernet
[root@AMD ~]# lspci -nn | grep Ethernet

03:00.0 Ethernet [0200]: Intel Corp 82571EB Gigabit Ethernet (Copper) [8086:10bc] (rev 06)
03:00.1 Ethernet [0200]: Intel Corp 82571EB Gigabit Ethernet (Copper) [8086:10bc] (rev 06)
04:00.0 Ethernet [0200]: Intel Corp 82571EB Gigabit Ethernet (Copper) [8086:10bc] (rev 06)
04:00.1 Ethernet [0200]: Intel Corp 82571EB Gigabit Ethernet (Copper) [8086:10bc] (rev 06)