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Post ASUS P5KPL-CM / Q6600 / 4GB RAM

  NB/SB Chipset:  Intel chipset (ata_piix - supported)
  BIOS: 0702 (latest)

LAN: Onboard Realtek NIC (unsupported)
     Intel Gigabit CT Desktop Adapter [PCI-e 1x] (supported - e1000e)

CPU: S775 Intel Q6600 w/ Intel VT enabled
RAM: 2x 2GB Kingston (KVR800D2N6/2G) -- 4 GB total (Board maxed out)

Onboard NIC: not working - ESXi 4.1 won't even install without additional NIC
Intel add-on CT NIC: working
Battery backup for write cache: Not that I can see
VT-D support: No
CPU FT capable: Unlikely

Vendor                   : Intel
Brand String             : "Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.40GHz"
SSE Support              : SSE1, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3
Supports NX/XD           : Yes
Supports CMPXCHG16B      : Yes
Supports RDTSCP          : No
Hyperthreading           : Yes
Supports Flex Migration  : Yes
Supports 64-bit Longmode : Yes
Supports 64-bit VMWare   : Yes
Supported EVC modes      : Xeon Core2

I needed to change the BIOS setting so that ESXi could "see" the CDROM.
In the BIOS under Main->IDE Configuration, set "ATA/IDE Configuration to "Enhanced" and "Enhanced Mode Support On" to "S-ATA+P-ATA".

All drives were detected and ESXi installed OK with the Intel NIC. ESXi would not install with the Realtek Onboard NIC, it barfed halfway through.

I've built two identical machines for my testing platform before I start virtualizing all my server hardware.

I will run the FT test with the ISO soon. Ran the test, unsure of the results. It's doubtful it's fault-tolerant.

If someone knows how to test for VT-D let me know and I will try it. Never mind, I figured out how to look for it. It needs BIOS support and it's not present.

So far it is happily running. I will be adding a Rocketraid 2720 as per the official HCL to get some affordable RAID support, as the onboard RAID is not supported. Apparently not, I don't have PCI-e 2.0 slots.

Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:24 am
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