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LIAN LI PCV351
AEROCOOL E80-500
SAMSUNG 2x 1TB F3
HP DVD DRIVE
ASUS M4A88TD-M EVO/USB3
AMD X6 1055T
KINGSTON 4 x4GB
COOLIT
2x INTEL NIC

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Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:02 pm
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Hi,

Did you need to disable anything in the bios, or was it working out of the box?


Mon Feb 28, 2011 2:57 am
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disable the realtek nic and use the intel..

and the raid controller is not working, i tried to raid 0 but not able to, but it can detect the drives individually

hope this helps!


Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:42 am
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aniki wrote:
disable the realtek nic and use the intel..

and the raid controller is not working, i tried to raid 0 but not able to, but it can detect the drives individually

hope this helps!


ESXi dose not support software raid.

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Sat Mar 19, 2011 1:54 pm
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CPU was overclocked :mrgreen:


Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:43 pm
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Hi All,

I assembled a system with almost identical hardware and wanted to install ESXi 4.1. The system setup is as follows:

Board: Asus M4A88TD-M EVO/USB3
CPU: AMD Phenom X4 840 (4x 3.20 GHz)
Memory: 2x G.Skill DIMM 4 GB DDR3-1333 Kit
Disk: WD10EARS 1 TB
NIC: PRO/1000 GT Desktop Adapter
Optical: Used an old Sony DVD Drive here

I tried to setup ESXi in different ways and always got stuck. Here my experiences. I hope someone has a great idea how to get this going :-)

1. ESXi 4.1 Installer ISO
- Burned it to CD
- Started and got install screen
- Install aborted with error "Unable to find system image to install"
--> did not work and I assume it might be caused by my DVD drive

2. ESXi 4.0 and ESXi 3.5 ISO
- Burned both to CD
- Started and got stuck while loading the install screen
--> It seems to freeze while loading ESXi Installer from CD. No idea why it does this weird stuff ...

3. ESXi Remote Install using VMWareGO
- Struggeled with network config but finally get install running (it was not started from a remote windows machine as I initially intended. I did install Win XP on the target machine and ran the VMWareGO installer with destination localhost --> IP 127.0.0.1)
- After 5 Mins install aborts with error "Unable to copy the required files to the remote computer for the Hypervisor installation"
--> Don't know why this happens


This stuff seems really annoying. If anybody has a great idea what else I could try, please give me a hint

@Aniki: Which DVD drive did you use? Can you post your complete system setup with bios settings?

Cheers,
Frank


Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:44 am
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Use VMware Workstation (download a trial copy) to install ESXi 4.1U1 onto a USB key, and then boot your system off of that USB key.

General steps:

1. Create new VM,
2. Edit the VM, and remove the virtual hard drive,
3. Use the ESXi 4.1U1 ISO as the OS installer disk.
4. Power on the VM,
5. When the screen shows the ESXi installer boot screen, move the cursor in the VM (use the arrow keys on the keyboard) to disable the countdown timer,
6. Connect your USB key to the VM,
7. In the VM, choose the option to install ESXi,
8. Select your USB key as the destination,
9. Proceed with remaining install steps,
10. When install is complete, power off the VM,
11. Remove the USB key from your PC,
12. Put the USB key into your newly-built ESXi system, and boot it from the USB key.


Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:34 pm
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Hey,
thanks for the fast reply.

The proposed solution sounds like a lame workaround, but works like a charme :-)

Anyway a little summary of some challenges I faced:

1. Setup ESXi as VM on different machine
- tried to install ESXi 4.1 as VMImage in VMWare Server on another machine (Laptop Lenovo T410 running WinXP)
- VM starts and shows install screen of ESXi
- VM does not accept input from my console
--> did not try any further

2. Setup ESXi as VM on target machine
- I temporarily installed WinXP on target machine and added VMWare Player
- Created new VM and mounted an USB stick
- Installed ESXi without problems and selected the USB stick as install destination
- Booted the target machine from USB. It recognizes all processor cores, 7.7 GB memory and works fine !!!

Next I will try to get somehow rid of the USB workaround again. Hopefully I find a way to install or copy the ESXi to the disk of the target machine and get it running ... will post a comment if I succeed.

Thanks a lot !


Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:27 pm
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