Missing VM NIC

The Disappearing Act A VM went off the network, and actually lost the NIC from within the VM’s hardware. Pouring through logs, (some thanks to LogInsight, more on that later), I discovered in vmware-xx.log: 2013-11-19T07:33:01.246Z| vcpu-0| Powering off Ethernet0 2013-11-19T07:33:01.246Z| vcpu-0| Hot removal done. ah ha! This shows Ethernet0 was removed via the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon in the Windows system tray. The solution is to add a new NIC of the same type.