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Hello everybody,

My working whitebox specs for ESXi 4.1

MB:INTEL BOX-DQ67SWB3 (The Main board Support VMDirectPath)
CPU: Intel I7-2600
Ram: Cosair DDR3 1333 4G x 4
Storage Controller: Onboard SATA in raid mode
Storage harddisk: Seagate 160G SATA x 1
Network Card: Onboard Intel NIC (Need to add the OEM.tgz) +
Intel Gigabit CT Desktop PCI-E 1X Card EXPI9301CTBLK

And at the same time, I found some Main board which are use Intel chipset + Intel Gigabit CT Desktop PCI-E 1X Card EXPI9301CTBLK NIC that can install ESXi 4.1. I have tried.

ASRock H67M-GE
J&W JW-P45D2-ULTRA
ASRock G41M-S3


Thu Jun 16, 2011 5:19 am
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Can you configure raid 1 with those mothers?


Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:30 pm
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In general this class of motherboard has a software RAID controller. ESXi does not support software RAID.

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Sat Jul 02, 2011 2:54 am
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Then why do you use raid mode?


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The driver can still load and ESXi will be able to see the individual drives. The driver just doesn't support the RAID portion as would be the case with Windows or Linux.

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Sat Jul 02, 2011 8:09 am
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I have a question about the OEm.tgz
Is it just add OEM.tgz on the root location of the iso??
I put it by ULTRAISO.

However when I press F11, it show out fail to"vmkctl.HostCtlException: Unable to load module /usr/lib/vmware/vmkmod/vmfs3: Failure

I am using Q67SW + 2600

thanks for help !


Sun Jul 03, 2011 2:27 am
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Hello, I have a problem about the OEM.tgz.
The file I download from others.
When I press F11, it will
"vmkctl.HostCtlException: Unable to load module /usr/lib/vmware/vmkmod/vmfs3: Failure

What should I DO
I am Q67SW + 2600


Sun Jul 03, 2011 2:32 am
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Yes, we tried AHCI, and Native IDE modes, and they didn't work, we also tried to disable the LAN, and got the same error message:

"vmkctl.HostCtlException: Unable to load module /usr/lib/vmware/vmkmod/vmfs3: Failure"

Does ESxi not like the HDD controller, or can it not install without a LAN? Both?


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dlancelot wrote:
Yes, we tried AHCI, and Native IDE modes, and they didn't work, we also tried to disable the LAN, and got the same error message:

"vmkctl.HostCtlException: Unable to load module /usr/lib/vmware/vmkmod/vmfs3: Failure"

Does ESxi not like the HDD controller, or can it not install without a LAN? Both?

The VMFS3 error comes up because ESXi is not able to recognize a NIC and initialize networking functionality on the host.

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