This is a short note of what needed to be changes to get the Intel ixgbe driver build for the FreeBSD 7.1 kernel. I needed to build a product, INE Ultra, for a customer and the product is built on FreeBSD 7.1 with an Intel 10 Gigabit XF SR Dual Port Ethernet card.
When I booted the machine, there were no sign of Intel network devices apart from the motherboard ones. Then I found out, the card requires ixgbe driver which is not configured as part of the kernel compilation. Read more