Installed ESX 4.1 on Intel DH57JG
I've got a modified
ESXi 4.1 working on the following hardware:
- Intel DH57JG motherboard
- Intel Core i5-661 CPU
- Onboard Intel 82578DC Gigabit NIC (8086:10f0)
- Seagate 250GB SATA2 3250318AS
During the installation I had to overcome the following obstacles:
- No CD-ROM drive for installation available
- Onboard NIC not recognized -> Installer fails
The main issue is that the Onboard NIC is not recognized by the installer. Once this is solved you can use any installation method.
I've tried an external CD-ROM, a USB stick and PXE network boot. In the end I've installed the box via PXE but you don't have to.
The key is to create the correct installation image using varazir's script (http://vm-help.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=4
) and to include the matching NIC driver (e1000e2.o
) from hardworker which is in this oem.tgz
). I've used the oem-8086-10f0-v1119.tgz
My initial mistake was to just add the oem.tgz
to the installation medium by following other tutorials found on the net. There you add the --- oem.tgz
to the kernel options but that only includes the NIC driver for the installer and not for the installed ESXi on the hard disk. The aforementioned script does the right thing.