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Can your script be modified to run as a CGI script?

Maybe we could make a "VA" that creates customization for users?

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Sun May 31, 2009 2:47 am
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Svein_Skogen wrote:
Can your script be modified to run as a CGI script?

Maybe we could make a "VA" that creates customization for users?

//Svein



CGi, don't know never worked with cgi.

"VA" ??

"inetd.conf" could be in the vmware partition of the dd file don't know, I needed.

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VA = Virtual Appliance. :p

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Svein_Skogen wrote:
VA = Virtual Appliance. :p

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Ahh, well never looked into that

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crate wrote:
I used the ubuntu 64 bit edition to get to verify if the drivers for my installation were available, and my realtek 8169 nic was recognized as well as my 3com e100 nic.

Can anyone point out what I can do to get this recognized so I don't get the message

Failed to load lvmdriver

and can finally have ESXi 4.0 installed.

Need to get my lab up asap

AMD Phenom 9750
Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3
4GB RAM
2x 500GB Western Digital HD


Some of the drivers that come with ESXi are based on Linux source, but they have to be compiled specifically for ESXi and since the vmkernel of ESXi is not linux you can't use a generic Linux driver.

The error you get is because ESXi is not able to recognize a NIC. ESXi 4.0 no longer has a 3Com driver and hasn't ever shipped with a Realtek driver (the Realtek drivers out there have been compiled by the community).

The quick fix would be to drop in a NIC that ESXi can use (something like an Intel Pro/1000GT or Broadcom 57xx. ESXi uses this list to recognize hardware - http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/Hardware_support.php


Sun May 31, 2009 8:44 pm
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Hi all,

perhaps you can help me as I am kind of lost right now.

I have installed esxi 4 on a usb drive, which works fine. I see 3 partitions on the usb drive when using ubuntu to look at the drive.

Now I want to change the simple.map and pci.ids as well as some drives, yet I cannot find the /etc/vmware on the 3 hypervisor partitions shown.

When I boot from the usb drive I can find the /etc/vmware/ but the files are locked.....

how can I find that system partition so I can edit the files? I reall dunno where to look.

thanks!


Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:41 am
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When ESXi boots it creates a RAM drive which you have access to in the console. The partitions that Ubuntu can see (e.g. Hypervisor1 / Hypervisor2) get mounted as /bootbank and /altbootbank when ESXi boots.

If your PC can boot ESXi OK, I would just follow the steps on this page if you just need to change simple.map - http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/customize_oem_tgz.php.

If you have to add a NIC driver and thus need to boot with Ubuntu to copy the file over, then you'll want to copy the file to the Hypervisor1 partition (assmuing ESXi has not been patched).


Tue Jul 21, 2009 9:06 am
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I want to know if is possible to add support for the e100 driver to ESXi 4.0 ?

I can't find a oem.tgz that do the work. I have a lot of Pro 100/S cards and are ok for my work.

Any idea ? Maybe extracting from 3.5 version ?

Thanks !


Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:24 am
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Unfortunately drivers for 3.5 and 4.0 are not interchangable. You'd have to compile a driver or use another model.


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Any idea in how to compile the driver ?

Where is the source ??

Thanks !


Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:20 am
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