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I have successfully installed VMware ESXi 4.0 and run a VM on the following whitebox. The motherboard is NOT currently listed as "OK" on the WB HCL for ESXi 4.

- Asus P5Q-EM / Intel G45 chipset / ICH10R controller
- LGA775 socket / Intel Core2 Duo E8400 processor with VT enabled
- Intel PRO 1000 GT NIC (onboard Realtek 8111C Gigabit caused install error "failed to load lvmdriver").
- Besides the NIC, ESXi did not need any help to install
- WD 2TB Green HDD required post-install use of vSphere Client to delete/recreate datastore with 8MB block size to overcome 256GB size limit

Thanks for all the helpful posts here. They saved me a lot of time with this installation.

rhustad


Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:04 pm
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hello,

ive purchased this motherboard, and wish to install ESX4. Yet it never completes, due to something with the storage driver.

Did you experience this? _do you know how to get rid of this? :o

When i tried installing ESXi4, i got "failed loading lvmdriver", and i cannot get passed this. :geek:


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Sat Nov 14, 2009 1:22 pm
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> Intel PRO 1000 GT NIC (onboard Realtek 8111C Gigabit caused install error "failed to load lvmdriver").

Adding a Pro 1000 GT NIC got the user past the error. There is a 8111c driver around but I would go with an Intel NIC as it would be more stable.

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Sat Nov 14, 2009 9:18 pm
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Adding a Pro 1000 GT NIC got the user past the error. There is a 8111c driver around but I would go with an Intel NIC as it would be more stable.


1) Where do i find the driver for download?
2) How do i add the driver to the iso?
2a) Can i add the driver during installation on a seperate media?


Sun Nov 15, 2009 12:54 am
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For the driver - http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/customize_oem_tgz.php (also seach the forum here).

To create a custom CD / USB boot drive see here - viewtopic.php?f=13&t=4.

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Sun Nov 15, 2009 1:18 am
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ok - let me get this right. i have to install windows system on the motherboard in order to get the PCI data and then sort of recompile the iso using that dd-image-thingy?

Isnt there a better way to this?

Will this make ESX4 run fine on ICH10 and the NIC?


Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:47 am
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It looks like rhustad only had a problem with the NIC so you would either have to add a driver or add a working NIC.

From here you can get PCI id info during the ESXi install process - http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/find_PCI_ID.php.

It's much easier to add a Pro 1000 if you have one around then to get into drivers, but if you want to use the onboard NIC I would suggest copying ESXi to a USB flash drive and you can then boot it and edit it more easily that trying to deal with making a new ISO image.

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Wed Nov 25, 2009 2:02 am
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sorry im such a retard on this... :cry:

1) Will this work also for ESX4 vsphere? (not ESXi 4)
2) Will the installation fail if i dont do anything about the NIC ?


Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:32 am
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I missed the ESX reference. I haven't look closely as PCI id enumeration with ESX 40 but I would assume it would be similar to ESX 3.5. In the below link I went over the process of modifying ESX PCI ids files to add support for a device. It'll give you an idea of how things should work with ESX but essentially you would add the driver and at least a file in ../pciid/.

http://www.vm-help.com/esx/esx3.5/SATA_ ... ailed.html

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