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The following specs allowed me to install VMWare ESXi 4.0. The onboard NIC does not work, hence the added Intel 10/100/1000 NIC. This motherboard supports up to 16GB of RAM, but does not have RAID support.

Asus P5QL-Pro mobo with BIOS version 0902
500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue HD
Samsung 22X IDE DVD Burner. (SH-S222A)
Intel PWLA8391GT 10/100/1000 PCI Pro/1000GT NIC
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 or Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400

No other tricks. It just worked.


Fri Aug 21, 2009 11:00 am
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Hi Guys,

I'm considering using one of these boards with ESXi and as everyone, I'd like to make sure it's going to be compatible before I buy it.

@ pparks1 is the 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue HD SATA or IDE? Also what display adaptor are you using?

To everyone else, any other issues (besides the nic) that I should be aware of?

As a rundown, I plan on installing a couple of 1TB SATA HDDs, one dedicated as a file server running Debian as vm from ESXi and another for all of my other virtual machines. Reason being, I want the entire 1TB for storage and like it being on a separate drive.

Would like to use IDE DVD for install and use within ESXi if possible.

Any other feedback, or comments, much appreciated :)

CPU will most likely be an e7500


Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:13 pm
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If you'd like to use the entire drive for the file server you might try a SATA RDM (not supported) - http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/SATA_RDMs.php. But you would need another datastore to create the RDM.

If you don't go the RDM route you will want to leave some free space for overhead and you'll also want to format the datastore with a 4 MB block size (which will allow for a 1 TB VMDK file).

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Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:59 pm
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Hi Dave,

Thanks for the speedy reply, the RDM info looks interesting and think I'll definitely bookmark that one for future reference.

On this occasion, don't think I'd need to go that way, or the data store though.

What I meant was allocate the entire 1TB drive from ESXi, then install Debian on the 1TB and share the entire drive all running as a virtual machine. I'm not fussed about the amount of space Deb takes up, I've just always had Debian file servers and never had any problems.

Then on the other hard drives I can run some other servers all at the same time.

Seems fine by my logic, but then there's no guarantees my logic is right! ;)


Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:45 pm
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