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Post Asus P7H55-M Pro
Hello everyone!
Just want to start off by thanking all the good helps you guys are providing for Esxi newbies like myself :D

After having tried different methods and oem.tgz-files I finally got my system, Asus P7H55-M Pro, up and working with Esxi 4.1

As many other motherboards it contains the unupported realteks NIC. The motherboard also has the Intel H55 express chipset for the Sata controllers. Using lspci gives me PCI-IDs:

SATA (ahci mode, check your bios): 8086:3b22

LAN: 10ec:8168


1. Download the Esxi 4.1 installation ISO

2. Download the enclosed oem.tgz , containing the driver r8169 (not 8168, due to instability).

3. The Simple.map (included in the oem.tgz) has the following references:

10ec:8167 0000:0000 network r8169.o
10ec:8168 0000:0000 network r8169.o
10ec:8169 0000:0000 network r8169.o

and

8086:3b22 0000:0000 storage ahci.o

Should you have a different SATA controller, you might want to change the PCI:ID 8086:3b22 to something else that you have.

4. Install esxi and restart your pc

At this point the esxi-installation has made several partitions on the hdd where you installed the esxi on. However the oem.tgz where our driver and driver-information lies, hasn't been installed on the hdd. So we need find the correct partition on the hdd, mount it and copy the oem.tgz file over to the partition.

5. Boot your system up with a live linux cd. Slax is a good one.

6. Make sure u have the oem.tgz file available and able to copy this file to the partition. Myself, I put the oem.tgz file on a regular USB-pen for easy access.

7. Mount the second partition on the hdd. If you are unsure which partition; among the files the partition contains are: s: a.z, b.z, boot.cfg, c.z, cimstg.tgz, k.z and oem.tgz. However this oem.tgz contains nothing, so we need to copy the oem.tgz and ovveride this file.

8. Edit the boot.cfg and make sure there is a reference to oem.tgz so it can be loaded on boot.

9. Reboot your system and the Esxi should now reckognize your hardware as it did during the installation:)

Happy esxi!


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Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:35 am
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Post Re: Asus P7H55-M Pro
I ended up adding the jmicron_pata driver to the network and sata drivers, and the extra PCI ID for 197b:2368 to get my PATA DVD/CDROM drive to show up. I never was successful at booting from USB, but it worked like a charm from DVDROM.

Don't forget you'll have to wire those drivers into the installed system as well.


Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:46 am
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Post Re: Asus P7H55-M Pro
CPU Details
Manufacturer: Intel
Model: i-7 Core 860 (2.8Ghz) LGA1156
Intel VT-x: Supported
Intel VT-d: Supported

Motherboard Details
Manufacturer: ASUS
Model: P7H55M
Chipset: H55
BIOS: 1103
Intel VT-x: Supported
Intel VT-d: Supported
On-board NIC: Realtek® 8111E - NOT SUPPORTED
On-board PATA Controller: VIA VT6415 PATA controller - NOT SUPPORTED
On-board SATA Controller: Intel ICH10 - SUPPORTED

SATA RAID: (x 2)
Lycom PE-103R5 PCI-E - NOT SUPPORTED
Chipset : SiI3132

Hard Drive Storage Details: (x 4)
Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache

Removable / Optical Drives:
Samsung SH-S223C/BEBE 22x DVD±R SATA

MEMORY (x 2)
Kingston 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333MHz i5 Memory Kit Non-ECC

Current Setup
ESXi 4.1
CPU: Intel i-7 Core 860
Mobo: Asus P7H55M
Memory: Kingstion 16GB DDR3 133Mhz unbuffered
Storage Configuration:
2 x 1TB RAID 1 on Lycom PE-103R5 PCI-E

Issues
I had to create a Whitebox ESXi installation as 2 (On-board NIC: Realtek® 8111E / Lycom PE-103R5 PCI-E) of my components were not supported out of the box. VIA VT6415 PATA controller crashes if you are using a DVD drive attached to install ESXi, so I purchased a SATA DVD-ROM and connected it to on-board Intel ICH10 for installation, you could use USB install method instead.

Knowing what I know now, I would not have purchased this motherboard, reason for purchased was it supported Intel VT-x, VT-d and 16GB RAM for under £60. If starting again, I would purchase a motherboard with 8 over more PCI-E slots (running 2 GPU, 3 x SATA RAID controllers and 3 Gigabit NIC) give better balance and utilising VT-d more.

Performance:
Running 10 VM sessions (8 Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 and 2 Windows 7 x64), all in test lab not production. VM machines are responsive.

@seydaneen
jmicron_pata driver and the extra PCI ID for 197b:2368?
Any more please, mamy thanks.


Fri Dec 17, 2010 7:05 am
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