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I recently purchased a new machine to try to get running as an esxi host with NAS storage running from a vm, and so far am having fairly good luck. This will be mainly for my home media server / playing around with VM's and other OS's. I went with this board due to the fact that it has 7 internal SATA connectors, supported 16GB of memory, and unlocking cores on locked X2 and X3 AMD processors. Keep in mind it also has no Internal GPU.


- server / MB / NIC / controller make and model:

Asus M4A79XTD EVO
- chipset
790X / SB750
- CPU socket and type used
AM3 - using AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor. I have the 4th core unlocked (Bios Feature), and it is now reporting as a Phenom x4 B45
- BIOS / firmware versions
Will edit and add once I'm back at home
- are the onboard NIC / storage controller working
NIC is not supported OOB. Uses Realtek 8112L; Storage yes. I am booting esxi from USB, using 6 out of 7 SATA ports as JBOD (AHCI) passing RDM to virtual NAS guest running a zfs / raidz2 setup, havn't tried RAID. PATA is also working - I am using it for my main datastore to host my NAS vm.
- any changes required to enable ESX/ESXi to recognize hardware components
Just adding in a "supported" NIC. My particular model isn't on the HCL but appears to be working fine. Broadcom Corporation Broadcom NetXtreme II BCM5708 1000Base-T
- does the storage controller support RAID / battery backup for write cache
No battery backup I believe
- does the MB support Intel VT (vt-x) / AMD-V
I believe so?
- does it support vt-d (directed I/O) / AMD IOMMU (http:
I don't beleive so.
- is the CPU FT (Fault Tolerant) capable - use the following bootable ISO
Will check via boot ISO and edit.

LSPCI Output:

000:000:00.0 Bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RD780 Northbridge only dual slot PCI-e_GFX and HT1 K8 part
000:000:02.0 Bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RD790 PCI to PCI bridge (external gfx0 port A) [PCIe RP[000:000:02.0]]
000:000:03.0 Bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RD790 PCI to PCI bridge (external gfx0 port B) [PCIe RP[000:000:03.0]]
000:000:17.0 Mass storage controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700 SATA Controller [AHCI Mode] [vmhba0]
000:000:18.0 Serial bus controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI0 Controller
000:000:18.1 Serial bus controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700 USB OHCI1 Controller
000:000:18.2 Serial bus controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB EHCI Controller
000:000:19.0 Serial bus controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI0 Controller
000:000:19.1 Serial bus controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700 USB OHCI1 Controller
000:000:19.2 Serial bus controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB EHCI Controller
000:000:20.0 Serial bus controller: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 SMBus Controller
000:000:20.1 Mass storage controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 IDE Controller [vmhba1]
000:000:20.3 Bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 LPC host controller
000:000:20.4 Bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
000:000:20.5 Serial bus controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI2 Controller
000:000:24.0 Bridge: AMD Inc K10 [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] HyperTransport Configuration
000:000:24.1 Bridge: AMD Inc K10 [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] Address Map
000:000:24.2 Bridge: AMD Inc K10 [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] DRAM Controller
000:000:24.3 Bridge: AMD Inc K10 [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] Miscellaneous Control
000:000:24.4 Bridge: AMD Inc K10 [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] Link Control
000:001:00.0 Display controller: ATI Technologies Inc Mobility Radeon HD 3450
000:001:00.1 Multimedia controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV620 Audio device [Radeon HD 34xx Series]
000:002:00.0 Bridge: ServerWorks EPB PCI-Express to PCI-X Bridge
000:003:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation Broadcom NetXtreme II BCM5708 1000Base-T [vmnic0]


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