Networking information for an ESX/ESXi host is blank in the vSphere Client
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Networking information for an ESX/ESXi host is blank in the vSphere Client


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VMware vSphere ESXi


  • If you click Networking on the Configuration tab in VMware Infrastructure/vSphere Client, the screen is blank.
  • No vSwitch or NIC information displays for an ESXi/ESX host.


VMware ESXi 4.0.x Embedded
VMware ESXi 3.5.x Embedded
VMware ESXi 4.0.x Installable
VMware ESX 4.0.x
VMware ESX Server 3.5.x
VMware ESXi 3.5.x Installable


This issue may occurs if a configuration file (esx.conf) on the host becomes corrupted.


This issue is resolved in ESX 3.5 Update 5. For more information about this version, see the ESX 3.5 Update 5 Release Notes. You can download the latest release from the VMware Download Center.
To work around this issue when you cannot upgrade, perform a hard reset of the system to restore normal operations. You must perform a hard reset as opposed to a normal reset to prevent the corrupted esx.conf file from updating to the tarball image. The file is written back to the image during a normal reset, which results in the corrupted version being saved
Caution: It is important to plan a maintenance window to power off all the virtual machines before proceeding with the procedure in this article.
To perform a hard reset of the ESXi/ESX host:
  • Press the Reset button on the physical box.

  • Unplug the power cable and wait 15 seconds.