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vicVMware VMXnet Virtual Interface Controller device

vic* at pci?

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 environment. 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:

The vic driver supports the following media types:

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).

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

ethernet0.virtualDev = "vmxnet"

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

The vic driver first appeared in OpenBSD 3.9.

The vic driver was written by Reyk Floeter <> and David Gwynne <>.

January 4, 2018 OpenBSD-6.4