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 ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 - Compatible and Working 
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Had Esxi 4.1 working on the above motherboard. Some snags along the way. For a detailed write-up, do visit:

http://james.com.sg/2011/04/09/installing-esxi-on-m4a89td-prousb3


Sat Apr 09, 2011 6:39 am
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Hello, I am curious on the other hardware you are using for this server as well. I have the same board with a Phenom II X4 970 that I am wanting to put together for ESXi 4.1.

Also are you using the onboard SATA?

Thanks for the great info :)

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Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:13 pm
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Oh, I was using the Phenom X6 1090T.

As for the harddisk, I am pretty sure the onboard sata works.

However, for my case, I actually run it off a LUN in a home made SAN, using Nexentus Community Edition (some pretty cool software that allows u to change your hardware into a SAN)

http://james.com.sg/category/nexenta/


Sat Apr 23, 2011 10:55 pm
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Does anyone have some information about the ability of directpath with this board?
I want to passthrough an LSI Storage Controller to an VM. I already have a board without IOMMU-support and dont want to spend much money buying some new components.

In this Article (http://wiki.xensource.com/xenwiki/VTdHowTo) they say the M4A89TD Pro/USB3 has IOMMU-support. So the requirements for vmdirectpath should be fullfilled.


Sat May 14, 2011 11:20 am
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I dun really think directpath is supported. I believed I tried to look at it.. but it seems to be not supported.

I believe that is an Intel thing?


Sun May 15, 2011 7:34 am
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VMware VMDirectPath uses either AMD IOMMU or Intel VT-d to accomplish PCI passthrough. There should be an option to enable IOMMU in the BIOS.

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Sun May 15, 2011 6:19 pm
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Wow... cool... I learn something.

The board is at:

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM ... ifications

Since it is based on the chipset AMD 890FX/SB850, based on Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMD_800_chipset_series

It seems to allow this IOMMU and it seems that it will enable VMDirectPath:

http://www.petri.co.il/vmware-esxi4-vmdirectpath.htm

"VMDirectPath requires a host server which supports Intel's VT-d or AMD's IOMMU technology, which means the latest generation of chipsets so if your server is over a year old you're probably out of luck"

I am a little busy for this week, but will definitely look into the BIOs to see if I can enable this IOMMU thing. I am actually using it for a Nexenta installation which can definitely help with some direct hardware access to the disk drives itself...

BTW, this VMDirectPath allows the VM to directly access the hard drives without going through the VMKernel?


Sun May 15, 2011 6:41 pm
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VMDirectpath allows a PCI (PCIe) device to be passed through directly into a VM. If you're looking at direct access to disks then you want to use Raw Device Mappings.

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