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Intel DH57DD, uATX mother board:
- CPU, Intel i7-870 (LGA1156 socket), Quad core, HT, 8M Cache, 2.93 GHz
- Memory, 16 GByte, (4x DDR3 4 GB JetRam 1333 MHz)
- Chipset, Intel H57 Express
- NIC, onboard, Intel 82578DC Gigabit Ethernet Controller
- BIOS version: JGIBX10J.86A, 3/10/2010, version 0396

SATA: Intel SSD X25-M, 120 GByte
SATA: Western Digital, Caviar Green WD20EARS, 2 TByte
SATA: Western Digital, Caviar Green WD20EARS, 2 TByte
PCI-E x1, INTEL 9301CT Gigabit CT Desktop
PCI-E x1, INTEL 9301CT Gigabit CT Desktop
PCI: ATI RAGE XL
PSU: Antec 380 Watt EarthWatts EA380D Green
Case: LIAN LI PC-V351B

VMware: ESXi 4.1, patches: KB 1029398 KB 1027028 KB 1027021

Thanks to VM-HELP.COM it is easy to add the needed OEM.TGZ settings and driver, for the onboard NIC, Intel 82578DC (8086:10f0). USB DVD drive used during install.

Yes - supports VT-x and VT-d. Intel H57-raid unsupported. Fault Tolerant capability untested.

To make my old ** low power ** PCI graphic card work, I have just been able to use the older BIOS version 0396. Version 0601 and 0625 makes ESXi boot very very slowly -> fails… Compared to my RADEON HD 3450 based low cost PCI-E x16, my old ATI RAGE XL graphic card saves >15 watt. I can’t successfully boot ESXi without graphic card.

I like to add condensed information on power consumption in idle condition, with none under/over clocking tweaks. Power Management Policy: “Low Power”, typical reading on “Kill-a-watt” power-meter: 0 VMs on: 44 watt, 5 VMs on: 58 watt.

With SATA mode in AHCI, I have identified one issue when VMFS block size is 8 MB, - but other sizes are ok. Uploading data to the data store fails by an “I/O error”. VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Client also fails. Another disk model gives the same result. I haven’t seen issues with VMs accessing its virtual disk on the data store (.VMDK file), from the virtualization “inside”!? IDE mode never fails my tests.

PS This Intel DH55DD uATX board is similar to the Intel DH57JG mini-ITX version, see viewtopic.php?f=13&t=2640

//FIB

Here the key initial kernel messages (test done with a Samsung disk), related to “I/O error” when VMFS block size is 8 MB:

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[size=85]Jan  2 13:33:49 vmkernel: 0:00:07:16.541 cpu6:4198)<6>ahci_scsi_abort: cmd 0x2a (0x41000e018dc0), entering...
Jan  2 13:33:49 vmkernel: 0:00:07:16.541 cpu6:4198)<7>ata4: ahci_port_reset, entering...
Jan  2 13:33:51 vmkernel: 0:00:07:18.774 cpu2:4198)<6>ata4: ahci_port_reset, hard reseting port
Jan  2 13:33:51 vmkernel: 0:00:07:18.774 cpu6:4640)<3>ata4.00: exception Emask 0x10 SAct 0x3 SErr 0x10000 action 0x2 frozen
Jan  2 13:33:51 vmkernel: 0:00:07:18.774 cpu6:4640)<3>ata4.00: (irq_stat 0x00400000, PHY RDY changed)
Jan  2 13:33:51 vmkernel: 0:00:07:18.774 cpu6:4640)<3>ata4.00: tag 0 cmd 0x61 Emask 0x12 stat 0xff err 0x0 (ATA bus error)
Jan  2 13:33:51 vmkernel: 0:00:07:18.774 cpu6:4640)<3>ata4.00: tag 1 cmd 0x61 Emask 0x12 stat 0xff err 0x0 (ATA bus error)
Jan  2 13:33:52 vmkernel: 0:00:07:19.356 cpu2:4640)<6>ata4: waiting for device to spin up (8 secs)
Jan  2 13:33:58 vmkernel: 0:00:07:26.151 cpu0:4198)<4>ata4: port is slow to respond, please be patient (Status 0x80)
Jan  2 13:34:00 vmkernel: 0:00:07:27.532 cpu0:4640)<6>ata4: soft resetting port
Jan  2 13:34:00 vmkernel: 0:00:07:27.532 cpu0:4640)<6>ata4: SATA link up 3.0 Gbps (SStatus 123 SControl 300)
Jan  2 13:34:00 vmkernel: 0:00:07:27.588 cpu1:4640)<6>ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
Jan  2 13:34:00 vmkernel: 0:00:07:27.588 cpu1:4640)<6>ata4: EH complete
Jan  2 13:34:00 vmkernel: 0:00:07:27.599 cpu1:4640)NMP: nmp_CompleteCommandForPath: Command 0x2a (0x41027f3f2a40) to NMP device "t10.ATA_____SAMSUNG_HD501LJ_________________________S0MUJ13P762791______" failed on physical path "vmhba34:C0:T0:L0" H:0x
Jan  2 13:34:00 0 D:0x2 P:0x0 Valid sense data
Jan  2 13:34:00 vmkernel: 0:00:07:27.599 cpu1:4640)ScsiDeviceIO: 1672: Command 0x2a to device "t10.ATA_____SAMSUNG_HD501LJ_________________________S0MUJ13P762791______" failed H:0x0 D:0x2 P:0x0 Valid sense data: 0xb 0x47 0x0.
Jan  2 13:34:00 vmkernel: 0:00:07:27.678 cpu3:4198)<6>ata4: ahci_port_reset: SUCCEEDED
Jan  2 13:34:00 vmkernel: 0:00:07:27.678 cpu3:4198)<6>ahci_scsi_abort: cmd 0x2a (0x41000e018dc0), SUCCEEDED
Jan  2 13:34:00 vmkernel: 0:00:07:27.689 cpu3:4198)NMP: nmp_CompleteCommandForPath: Command 0x2a (0x41027f40a440) to NMP device "t10.ATA_____SAMSUNG_HD501LJ_________________________S0MUJ13P762791______" failed on physical path "vmhba34:C0:T0:L0" H:0x
Jan  2 13:34:00 0 D:0x2 P:0x0 Valid sense data
Jan  2 13:34:00 vmkernel: 0:00:07:27.689 cpu3:4198)ScsiDeviceIO: 1672: Command 0x2a to device "t10.ATA_____SAMSUNG_HD501LJ_________________________S0MUJ13P762791______" failed H:0x0 D:0x2 P:0x0 Valid sense data: 0xb 0x47 0x0.
Jan  2 13:34:00 vmkernel: 0:00:07:27.761 cpu4:4117)<6>ahci_scsi_abort: cmd 0x2a (0x41000e00a1c0), entering...
Jan  2 13:34:00 vmkernel: 0:00:07:27.761 cpu4:4117)<7>ata4: ahci_port_reset, entering...
Jan  2 13:34:00 vobd: Jan 02 13:34:00.570: 447772490us: [esx.problem.vmfs.heartbeat.timedout] 4d205aa2-a10b98d9-431a-7071bc3c1d40 SpinPoint1.
Jan  2 13:34:00 Hostd: [2011-01-02 13:34:00.571 7A6C2B90 info 'ha-eventmgr'] Event 45 : Lost access to volume 4d205aa2-a10b98d9-431a-7071bc3c1d40 (SpinPoint1) due to connectivity issues. Recovery attempt is in progress and outcome will be reported sh
Jan  2 13:34:00 ortly.
Jan  2 13:34:02 vmkernel: 0:00:07:29.990 cpu2:4117)<6>ata4: ahci_port_reset, hard reseting port
Jan  2 13:34:02 vmkernel: 0:00:07:29.990 cpu0:4640)<3>ata4.00: exception Emask 0x10 SAct 0x1 SErr 0x10000 action 0x2 frozen
Jan  2 13:34:02 vmkernel: 0:00:07:29.990 cpu0:4640)<3>ata4.00: (irq_stat 0x00400000, PHY RDY changed)
Jan  2 13:34:02 vmkernel: 0:00:07:29.990 cpu0:4640)<3>ata4.00: tag 0 cmd 0x61 Emask 0x12 stat 0xff err 0x0 (ATA bus error)
Jan  2 13:34:03 vmkernel: 0:00:07:30.571 cpu1:4640)<6>ata4: waiting for device to spin up (8 secs)
Jan  2 13:34:10 vmkernel: 0:00:07:37.806 cpu2:4117)<4>ata4: port is slow to respond, please be patient (Status 0x80)
Jan  2 13:34:11 vmkernel: 0:00:07:38.749 cpu2:4640)<6>ata4: soft resetting port
Jan  2 13:34:11 vmkernel: 0:00:07:38.749 cpu2:4640)<6>ata4: SATA link up 3.0 Gbps (SStatus 123 SControl 300)
Jan  2 13:34:11 vmkernel: 0:00:07:38.807 cpu4:4640)<6>ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
Jan  2 13:34:11 vmkernel: 0:00:07:38.807 cpu4:4640)<6>ata4: EH complete
Jan  2 13:34:11 vmkernel: 0:00:07:38.905 cpu3:4117)<6>ata4: ahci_port_reset: SUCCEEDED
Jan  2 13:34:11 vmkernel: 0:00:07:38.905 cpu3:4117)<6>ahci_scsi_abort: cmd 0x2a (0x41000e00a1c0), SUCCEEDED
Jan  2 13:34:11 vmkernel: 0:00:07:38.916 cpu3:4117)NMP: nmp_CompleteCommandForPath: Command 0x2a (0x41027f3f2a40) to NMP device "t10.ATA_____SAMSUNG_HD501LJ_________________________S0MUJ13P762791______" failed on physical path "vmhba34:C0:T0:L0" H:0x
Jan  2 13:34:11 0 D:0x2 P:0x0 Valid sense data
Jan  2 13:34:11 vmkernel: 0:00:07:38.916 cpu3:4117)ScsiDeviceIO: 1672: Command 0x2a to device "t10.ATA_____SAMSUNG_HD501LJ_________________________S0MUJ13P762791______" failed H:0x0 D:0x2 P:0x0 Valid sense data: 0xb 0x47 0x0.
Jan  2 13:34:11 vmkernel: 0:00:07:38.916 cpu1:5048)Fil3: 1003:  Sync WRITE error ('Win2k3R2EE-test-flat.vmdk') (ioFlags: 16) : IO was aborted by VMFS via a virt-reset on the device
Jan  2 13:34:11 vmkernel: 0:00:07:38.916 cpu1:5048)FS3: 7346: Waiting for timed-out heartbeat [HB state abcdef02 offset 3559424 gen 49 stamp 447761301 uuid 4d207d26-d3f16500-6932-7071bc3c1d40 jrnl <FB 35200> drv 8.46]
Jan  2 13:34:11 vmkernel: 0:00:07:39.005 cpu0:4117)FS3: 6978: Starting HB reclaim for [HB state abcdef02 offset 3559424 gen 49 stamp 447761301 uuid 4d207d26-d3f16500-6932-7071bc3c1d40 jrnl <FB 35200> drv 8.46]
Jan  2 13:34:11 vmkernel: 0:00:07:39.065 cpu1:4117)FS3: 397: Reclaimed heartbeat for volume 4d205aa2-a10b98d9-431a-7071bc3c1d40 (SpinPoint1): [Timeout] [HB state abcdef02 offset 3559424 gen 49 stamp 459065405 uuid 4d207d26-d3f16500-6932-7071bc3c1d40
Jan  2 13:34:11 jrnl <FB 35200> drv 8.46]
Jan  2 13:34:11 vobd: Jan 02 13:34:11.863: 459065897us: [esx.problem.vmfs.heartbeat.recovered] 4d205aa2-a10b98d9-431a-7071bc3c1d40 SpinPoint1.
Jan  2 13:34:11 Hostd: [2011-01-02 13:34:11.864 796E4B90 info 'ha-eventmgr'] Event 46 : Successfully restored access to volume 4d205aa2-a10b98d9-431a-7071bc3c1d40 (SpinPoint1) following connectivity issues.
Jan  2 13:34:19 vmkernel: 0:00:07:46.557 cpu3:4198)<6>ahci_scsi_abort: cmd 0x2a (0x41000e023bc0), entering...
Jan  2 13:34:19 vmkernel: 0:00:07:46.557 cpu3:4198)<7>ata4: ahci_port_reset, entering...
Jan  2 13:34:21 vmkernel: 0:00:07:48.786 cpu2:4198)<6>ata4: ahci_port_reset, hard reseting port
Jan  2 13:34:21 vmkernel: 0:00:07:48.786 cpu5:4640)<3>ata4.00: exception Emask 0x10 SAct 0x7 SErr 0x10000 action 0x2 frozen
Jan  2 13:34:21 vmkernel: 0:00:07:48.786 cpu5:4640)<3>ata4.00: (irq_stat 0x00400000, PHY RDY changed)
Jan  2 13:34:21 vmkernel: 0:00:07:48.786 cpu5:4640)<3>ata4.00: tag 0 cmd 0x61 Emask 0x12 stat 0xff err 0x0 (ATA bus error)
Jan  2 13:34:21 vmkernel: 0:00:07:48.786 cpu5:4640)<3>ata4.00: tag 1 cmd 0x61 Emask 0x12 stat 0xff err 0x0 (ATA bus error)
Jan  2 13:34:21 vmkernel: 0:00:07:48.786 cpu5:4640)<3>ata4.00: tag 2 cmd 0x61 Emask 0x12 stat 0xff err 0x0 (ATA bus error)
Jan  2 13:34:22 vmkernel: 0:00:07:49.361 cpu0:4640)<6>ata4: waiting for device to spin up (8 secs)
Jan  2 13:34:29 vmkernel: 0:00:07:56.586 cpu2:4198)<4>ata4: port is slow to respond, please be patient (Status 0x80)
Jan  2 13:34:30 vmkernel: 0:00:07:57.540 cpu2:4640)<6>ata4: soft resetting port
Jan  2 13:34:30 vmkernel: 0:00:07:57.540 cpu2:4640)<6>ata4: SATA link up 3.0 Gbps (SStatus 123 SControl 300)
Jan  2 13:34:30 vmkernel: 0:00:07:57.593 cpu0:4640)<6>ata4.00: configured for UDMA/133
Jan  2 13:34:30 vmkernel: 0:00:07:57.593 cpu0:4640)<6>ata4: EH complete
Jan  2 13:34:30 vmkernel: 0:00:07:57.604 cpu0:4640)NMP: nmp_CompleteCommandForPath: Command 0x2a (0x41027f39a840) to NMP device "t10.ATA_____SAMSUNG_HD501LJ_________________________S0MUJ13P762791______" failed on physical path "vmhba34:C0:T0:L0" H:0x
Jan  2 13:34:30 0 D:0x2 P:0x0 Valid sense data
Jan  2 13:34:30 vmkernel: 0:00:07:57.604 cpu0:4640)ScsiDeviceIO: 1672: Command 0x2a to device "t10.ATA_____SAMSUNG_HD501LJ_________________________S0MUJ13P762791______" failed H:0x0 D:0x2 P:0x0 Valid sense data: 0xb 0x47 0x0.
Jan  2 13:34:30 vmkernel: 0:00:07:57.604 cpu0:4640)NMP: nmp_CompleteCommandForPath: Command 0x2a (0x41027f41ee40) to NMP device "t10.ATA_____SAMSUNG_HD501LJ_________________________S0MUJ13P762791______" failed on physical path "vmhba34:C0:T0:L0" H:0x
Jan  2 13:34:30 0 D:0x2 P:0x0 Valid sense data
Jan  2 13:34:30 vmkernel: 0:00:07:57.604 cpu0:4640)ScsiDeviceIO: 1672: Command 0x2a to device "t10.ATA_____SAMSUNG_HD501LJ_________________________S0MUJ13P762791______" failed H:0x0 D:0x2 P:0x0 Valid sense data: 0xb 0x47 0x0.
Jan  2 13:34:30 vmkernel: 0:00:07:57.681 cpu3:4198)<6>ata4: ahci_port_reset: SUCCEEDED
Jan  2 13:34:30 vmkernel: 0:00:07:57.681 cpu3:4198)<6>ahci_scsi_abort: cmd 0x2a (0x41000e023bc0), SUCCEEDED
Jan  2 13:34:30 vmkernel: 0:00:07:57.692 cpu3:4198)NMP: nmp_CompleteCommandForPath: Command 0x2a (0x41027f412d40) to NMP device "t10.ATA_____SAMSUNG_HD501LJ_________________________S0MUJ13P762791______" failed on physical path "vmhba34:C0:T0:L0" H:0x
Jan  2 13:34:30 0 D:0x2 P:0x0 Valid sense data
Jan  2 13:34:30 vmkernel: 0:00:07:57.692 cpu3:4198)ScsiDeviceIO: 1672: Command 0x2a to device "t10.ATA_____SAMSUNG_HD501LJ_________________________S0MUJ13P762791______" failed H:0x0 D:0x2 P:0x0 Valid sense data: 0xb 0x47 0x0.
Jan  2 13:34:30 vmkernel: 0:00:07:57.764 cpu5:4118)<6>ahci_scsi_abort: cmd 0x2a (0x41000e00a1c0), entering...
Jan  2 13:34:30 vmkernel: 0:00:07:57.764 cpu5:4118)<7>ata4: ahci_port_reset, entering...
Jan  2 13:34:30 vobd: Jan 02 13:34:30.563: 477765048us: [esx.problem.vmfs.heartbeat.timedout] 4d205aa2-a10b98d9-431a-7071bc3c1d40 SpinPoint1.
Jan  2 13:34:30 Hostd: [2011-01-02 13:34:30.563 797E8B90 info 'ha-eventmgr'] Event 47 : Lost access to volume 4d205aa2-a10b98d9-431a-7071bc3c1d40 (SpinPoint1) due to connectivity issues. Recovery attempt is in progress and outcome will be reported sh
Jan  2 13:34:30 ortly.
Jan  2 13:34:31 vmkernel: 0:00:07:58.721 cpu3:8976)ScsiCore: 63: Starting taskmgmt handler world 8976/2
Jan  2 13:34:32 vmkernel: 0:00:07:59.993 cpu4:4118)<6>ata4: ahci_port_reset, hard reseting port
Jan  2 13:34:32 vmkernel: 0:00:07:59.993 cpu0:4640)<4>ata4.00: limiting speed to UDMA/100
Jan  2 13:34:32 vmkernel: 0:00:07:59.993 cpu0:4640)<3>ata4.00: exception Emask 0x10 SAct 0x1 SErr 0x10000 action 0x2 frozen
Jan  2 13:34:32 vmkernel: 0:00:07:59.993 cpu0:4640)<3>ata4.00: (irq_stat 0x00400000, PHY RDY changed)
Jan  2 13:34:32 vmkernel: 0:00:07:59.993 cpu0:4640)<3>ata4.00: tag 0 cmd 0x61 Emask 0x12 stat 0xff err 0x0 (ATA bus error)
Jan  2 13:34:33 Hostd: [2011-01-02 13:34:33.199 7A909B90 verbose 'ha-license-manager' opID=C685DFC3-00000093] Load: Loading existing file: /etc/vmware/license.cfg
Jan  2 13:34:33 Hostd: [2011-01-02 13:34:33.220 7A909B90 verbose 'App' opID=C685DFC3-00000093] ha-license-manager:Validate -> Valid evaluation detected for "VMware ESX Server 4.0" (lastError=0, desc.IsValid:Yes)
Jan  2 13:34:33 Hostd: [2011-01-02 13:34:33.224 7A909B90 verbose 'Locale' opID=C685DFC3-00000093] Default resource used for 'LicenseManager.LicenseInfo.dpvmotion.label' expected in module 'default'.
Jan  2 13:34:33 Hostd: [2011-01-02 13:34:33.224 7A909B90 verbose 'Locale' opID=C685DFC3-00000093] Default resource used for 'LicenseManager.LicenseInfo.vaai.label' expected in module 'default'.
Jan  2 13:34:33 vmkernel: 0:00:08:00.576 cpu2:4640)<6>ata4: waiting for device to spin up (8 secs)
Jan  2 13:34:40 vmkernel: 0:00:08:07.799 cpu3:4118)<4>ata4: port is slow to respond, please be patient (Status 0x80)
Jan  2 13:34:41 vmkernel: 0:00:08:08.748 cpu2:4640)<6>ata4: soft resetting port
Jan  2 13:34:41 vmkernel: 0:00:08:08.748 cpu2:4640)<6>ata4: SATA link up 3.0 Gbps (SStatus 123 SControl 300)
Jan  2 13:34:41 vmkernel: 0:00:08:08.803 cpu0:4640)<6>ata4.00: configured for UDMA/100
Jan  2 13:34:41 vmkernel: 0:00:08:08.803 cpu0:4640)<6>ata4: EH complete
Jan  2 13:34:41 vmkernel: 0:00:08:08.898 cpu3:4118)<6>ata4: ahci_port_reset: SUCCEEDED
Jan  2 13:34:41 vmkernel: 0:00:08:08.898 cpu3:4118)<6>ahci_scsi_abort: cmd 0x2a (0x41000e00a1c0), SUCCEEDED
Jan  2 13:34:41 vmkernel: 0:00:08:08.910 cpu3:4118)NMP: nmp_CompleteCommandForPath: Command 0x2a (0x41027f39a840) to NMP device "t10.ATA_____SAMSUNG_HD501LJ_________________________S0MUJ13P762791______" failed on physical path "vmhba34:C0:T0:L0" H:0x
Jan  2 13:34:41 0 D:0x2 P:0x0 Valid sense data
Jan  2 13:34:41 vmkernel: 0:00:08:08.910 cpu3:4118)ScsiDeviceIO: 1672: Command 0x2a to device "t10.ATA_____SAMSUNG_HD501LJ_________________________S0MUJ13P762791______" failed H:0x0 D:0x2 P:0x0 Valid sense data: 0xb 0x47 0x0.
Jan  2 13:34:41 vmkernel: 0:00:08:08.910 cpu1:5048)Fil3: 1003:  Sync WRITE error ('Win2k3R2EE-test-flat.vmdk') (ioFlags: 16) : IO was aborted by VMFS via a virt-reset on the device
Jan  2 13:34:41 vmkernel: 0:00:08:08.910 cpu1:5048)FS3: 7346: Waiting for timed-out heartbeat [HB state abcdef02 offset 3559424 gen 49 stamp 477764870 uuid 4d207d26-d3f16500-6932-7071bc3c1d40 jrnl <FB 35200> drv 8.46]
Jan  2 13:34:41 vmkernel: 0:00:08:09.001 cpu1:4118)FS3: 6978: Starting HB reclaim for [HB state abcdef02 offset 3559424 gen 49 stamp 477764870 uuid 4d207d26-d3f16500-6932-7071bc3c1d40 jrnl <FB 35200> drv 8.46]
Jan  2 13:34:41 vmkernel: 0:00:08:09.061 cpu0:4118)FS3: 397: Reclaimed heartbeat for volume 4d205aa2-a10b98d9-431a-7071bc3c1d40 (SpinPoint1): [Timeout] [HB state abcdef02 offset 3559424 gen 49 stamp 489061656 uuid 4d207d26-d3f16500-6932-7071bc3c1d40[/size]


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