000038066 - RSA NetWitness Platform appliance is unbootable with Intel PRO/1000 PF Dual Port Fiber NIC card

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Article Number000038066
Applies ToRSA Product Set: NetWitness Platform
RSA Product/Service Type: Core Appliance
RSA Version/Condition:

Symptom 1.

NetWitness 11.x is unbootable after adding the Fiber NIC card (Intel PRO/1000 PF Dual Port).

Symptom 2.

When trying to install the NetWitness 11.x by USB buildstick on the appliance with the Fiber NIC card, the appliance is unbootable.

Note: There is no issue using the Fiber NIC card (Intel PRO/1000 PF Dual Port) with NetWitness 10.6.x and there is no issue with NetWitness 11.x if the Fiber NIC card is removed from the appliance.


Intel PRO/1000 PF Dual Port Server Adapter NIC card is not supported with NetWitness 11.x.


See all the supported network cards currently allowed by reviewing the Decoder: Configure 10G Capability article: https://community.rsa.com/docs/DOC-80194

Only RSA-provided 10G cards should be used and are guaranteed to function correctly with NetWitness.

Two examples are:

  • All SMC-10GE cards provided by RSA.
  • A Dell Network Daughter Card using an Intel controller to provide 10G network interfaces. This is included in all Series 5/6 hardware.

Remove the Intel PRO/1000 PF NIC card from the appliance. Use the existing copper interfaces or supported 10G Fiber NIC card.