My low-cost baby home server
- ASUS M4A78 PRO
- Intel Pro 1000/GT NIC
- AMD 780G
- AMD Phenom X3 8650
- BIOS (April 09 maybe)
- On-Board SATA operational in AHCI mode. 4 drives. Non-RAID.
- On board NIC does not work with ESXi 4. (Atheros L1E)
Installed ESXi 4 "installable" ISO to USB Key using VMWare Workstation. Instructions used here, but it's an extremely straightforward process. (Love USB-aware ESXi 4 http://www.vcritical.com/2009/08/create-esxi-4-usb-flash-drives-with-workstation/
Plugged in USB key to ESXi server.
It booted without any modifications to OEM.tgz, etc like I had to do in ESXi 3.5.
(PS: Windows Home Server, which I love, installs perfectly in a VM on 3.5 and 4.0)
(PS2: On my server however 3.5->4.0 in place upgrade failed before doing a clean install. I did not extensively troubleshoot this.)