Just want to start off by thanking all the good helps you guys are providing for Esxi newbies like myself
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
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
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:)