Problems with Marvell 88E8056
I've recently purchased the Asus P5BV-C/4L
and decided to try out ESXi on it.
I Browsed this page as i did plenty of times before when looking for whitebox hardware, and found an announcement saying that vmware had implemented the sky2 driver in ESXi.
My board has 4 x Marvell 88E8056 onboard NIC's which are supported by the sky2 driver in linux, now according to this
the default simple.map in ESXi does not include the PCI ID of my NIC's, so i verified the PCI ID of my NIC's which according to lspci is "11ab:4364" made a custom oem.tgz with the modified simple.map and embedded it in the imagedd and also placed it in the root of my installation media.
Now the problem is i get the familiar "vmkctl.HostCtlException: Unable to load module /usr/lib/vmware/vmkmod/vmfs3: Failure" error, which I've found out, through various forums, is normally a sign of unsupported hardware, i can see during the boot up of the ESXi installation that it loads the sky2 module but still as soon as i accept the EULA the installation terminates with the above error.
I hope someone has experience with this board or some solution other than the obvious one of installing Intel PCI NIC's