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MB: ASRock N68C-S
CPU: Athlon II X3 450 (3x 3GHz, AM3)
RAM: DDR3 2x4Gb 1333MHz (ValueRAM)
OnBoard NIC: RTL8201EL (not working. custom .ko might help)
PCI NIC: HP NC7170(also known as Intel 82576EB Gigabit Ethernet)
SATA: SATA3 250Gb(used only for few VMs. the rest is on NFS)


Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:23 am
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Forgot to mention that NFS -srv is a FreeNAS 0.7.x (aka FreeBSD 7.2) with a ZFS pool in RAID-Z.


Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:41 am
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Hi. I have this MB in the following config and I can not get ESXi 4.1 to install. The installer errors out right after it does the initial install set up with a lengthy traceback but perhaps the most significant is "unable to load module <location> VMFS3:" This tells me that the SATA controller on this board is not recognized by the drivers in the install. This is pretty much where every other board I have tested fails... which causes me to suspect that without some additional insight to make it work, the SATA controller on this board is unrecognized by ESXi, like many others. Perhaps you can detail the settings you are using to get yours to work?

My MB bios settings:

Onboard LAN: OFF
Onboard Audio: OFF
Onboard PATA controller: OFF
Onboard SATA controller: IDE (other option is RAID)
Graphics: Onboard (set to fixed 64mb of shared RAM)
Onboard Floppy controller: OFF

I presently (to test the config) have no LAN card installed in the PCI slots. I am using a 250gb SATA drive, a 2TB sata drive and a SATA DVD ROM drive and onboard video. My board has 2 sticks of 4GB DDR3 mem installed. Any advice/counsel appreciated.


Thu Apr 07, 2011 3:05 am
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You'll need a NIC that ESXi can recognize to get through the installation process.

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Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:34 am
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Dave, I understand that and I have one of the approved HP NICs on the way. However, I would assume that I should be able to mount the VMware file system and at least get through the basic elements of the system. My install is failing right out of the gate because the installer can't create a file system... that tells me something a lot more fundamental than a NIC card is standing in the way of my installation... yes?


Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:14 pm
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The original poster didn't qualify whether he's running 4.1 update 1 or 4.1. I am trying to install 4.1 presently. I will try 4.1 update 1 to see if that makes a difference and post my findings...


Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:15 pm
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studioj wrote:
Dave, I understand that and I have one of the approved HP NICs on the way. However, I would assume that I should be able to mount the VMware file system and at least get through the basic elements of the system. My install is failing right out of the gate because the installer can't create a file system... that tells me something a lot more fundamental than a NIC card is standing in the way of my installation... yes?


It is dependent on a NIC. I just checked on a 4.1U1 install. If the NIC is pulled the lvm and vmfs driver fail to load. If the NIc is put back in the drivers load fine.

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Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:46 pm
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OK. I stand corrected. I'll await the arrival of my NIC that is qualified with 4.1. Thanks for giving it a try.


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No problem - a lot of grief for a a lot of people could have been saved if better error handling spit out a better error mesage.

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Thu Apr 07, 2011 2:11 pm
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well, in that case it just wouldn't be freeware now would it ;-) I'll post the results with my NIC... it just arrived.


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