TLDR; Looking for a NIC compatible with ESXi 7.0 or other suitable solution to learn type-1 hypervisor setup/use.
I was trying to setup a type-1 hypervisor for general lab use and learning and testing. I sort of decided on using VMWare ESXi (i’m somewhat familiar with VMWare Workstation and Player and it looks like it will do what I want). I would be open to suggestions if there is an alternative more geared to learning and using type-1 hypervisors.
I’ve got a desktop machine with a decent CPU and a bunch of RAM and SSD storage. Unfortunately the onboard NIC is not compatible out of the box and involves inserting the drivers into a custom install ISO. I tried this a bit but was having trouble getting it working so I figure it would be easier to just install a compatible NIC. I was already looking for one with 2 or more ports so I ordered this: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B084VKR7P7/
It says it has an Intel i350 chipset which shows as compatible on the VMWare site. But I was wondering if there were something more suited to setting this up to learn and use. Also if this card doesn’t work for some reason, is there anywhere besides eBay or amazon that would carry special sort of network equipment like this for home use? My budget is pretty low but I had a spare gaming PC I repurposed for this to possibly cut down on future costs using virtualization.