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VIC(4)                   BSD Kernel Interfaces Manual                   VIC(4)

NAME
     vic -- VMware VMXnet Virtual Interface Controller device

SYNOPSIS
     vic* at pci?

DESCRIPTION
     The vic driver provides support for the VMXnet virtual NIC available in
     virtual machines by VMware.  It appears as a simple Ethernet device but
     is actually a virtual network interface to the underlying host operating
     system.

     This driver supports the vmxnet driver protocol, as an alternative to the
     emulated pcn(4) and em(4) interfaces also available in the VMware envi-
     ronment.  The vic driver is optimized for the virtual machine, it can
     provide advanced capabilities depending on the underlying host operating
     system and the physical network interface controller of the host.

     The vic driver supports VMware virtual NICs provided by the following
     products:

           o   VMware ESX 2.0 and newer
           o   VMware GSX 2.5 and newer
           o   VMware Server 1.0 and newer
           o   VMware Workstation 4.5 and newer
           o   VMware Fusion 1.0 and newer

     The vic driver supports the following media types:

     autoselect  Enable autoselection of the media type and options.  The
                 driver always uses the fastest available speed and the media
                 options provided by the underlying host of the virtual
                 machine.

     For more information on configuring this device, see ifconfig(8).

EXAMPLES
     The following entry must be added to the VMware configuration file to
     provide the vic device:

           ethernet0.virtualDev = "vmxnet"

SEE ALSO
     arp(4), em(4), ifmedia(4), intro(4), netintro(4), pci(4), pcn(4), vmx(4),
     hostname.if(5), ifconfig(8)

AUTHORS
     The vic driver was written by Reyk Floeter <reyk@openbsd.org> and David
     Gwynne <dlg@openbsd.org>.

BUGS
     There are tons of bugs in VMware and the underlying host operating sys-
     tems.  Please consider that the security of the OpenBSD guest can be cir-
     cumvented by attacking the host environment.

BSD                             March 30, 2017                             BSD