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 HP xw9400 Workstation running ESXi 4.1 
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Post HP xw9400 Workstation running ESXi 4.1
I installled ESXi 4.1 on my xw9400, spec of the workstation as follows:

BIOS 786D6 v4.03
2 x Dual core AMD Opteron 2220 2.8 GHz
16 GB RAM
Onboard nVida Nforce network controller 2xGigabit
Integrated LSI SAS 1068E Controller with RAID capability
2 x 146GB SAS harddrives set up as mirror
nVida FX3400 Graphics card 256MB RAM
IDE DVD
IDE DVD RAM drive
PS2 Mouse and Keyboard

BIOS Settings
Chipset/Memory
ECC Support Enable
Memory Scrubbing Enable
Memory Node Interleave Disable (caused a major headache this one)
PCI SERR# Generation Enable
NET Watchdog Timer Enable
ACPI Bus Segmentation Disable
HPET Disable

OS Power management
ACPI S3 Support Enable
ACPI S3 Hard Disk Reset Disable
ACPI S3 PS2 Mouse Wake up Disable
USB Wake on Device Insertion Disable

I should be attempting an upgrade\fresh install of 5 in a few months. I will post the results.

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Cristaki


Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:32 am
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Post Re: HP xw9400 Workstation running ESXi 4.1
Hi Cristaki,

Hope you are well, I have a HP XW9400 as well with 2 x dual core amd opteron processors.

I have the following issue :

ESX Installer on a USB Stick (YUMI MULTIBOOT) - Boots fine

ESX Install Destination - a 4GB USB Stick (Kingston)

Install goes fine, but when I reboot the machine after unplugging the ESX Installer USB, it won't boot via USB at all - rather just boots off the sata hard disk with windows 7 inside the computer.

i even disabled sata disk in bios, upgraded the bios to 4.0.5 as well. but still am Unable to boot ESX after Installation via a USB.

All other usb booting for installation purposes is fine !!

Any suggestions - help ?

Will b appreciated !!


Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:59 am
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Post Re: HP xw9400 Workstation running ESXi 4.1
You might be having the same problem as this - http://doomdogus.wordpress.com/2009/10/ ... herboards/.

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Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:10 am
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Dave.Mishchenko wrote:
You might be having the same problem as this - http://doomdogus.wordpress.com/2009/10/ ... herboards/.


Hi Dave, thank you so much for pointing me towards the link, I am failing to understand how I would re-create the layout - without actually formatting / destroying data on the USB ?

can you guide or provide steps if you have a bit of time !!
Will be most grateful !!

Kind Regards


Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:41 am
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Post Re: HP xw9400 Workstation running ESXi 4.1
You would go through the install process to create the new image on your install destination. Then remove the device before ESXi boots for the first time and stick it in a windows or Linux PC. With Linux you could use fdisk (see steps in the comments on that page). For Windows you could probably use Disk Management to set partition 1 to be active.

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Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:57 am
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Post Re: HP xw9400 Workstation running ESXi 4.1
Dave.Mishchenko wrote:
You would go through the install process to create the new image on your install destination. Then remove the device before ESXi boots for the first time and stick it in a windows or Linux PC. With Linux you could use fdisk (see steps in the comments on that page). For Windows you could probably use Disk Management to set partition 1 to be active.


Thanks Dave, will give this a shot tomorrow and report back !!

I tried a IDE (80GB) Disk which I bought almost 9 years ago :-) and installed ESX 5.0 on it - it booted fine so atleast the workstation is working !!!

Now one more thing - this box (XW9400) have Dual Gigabit NICS Built-in, but it only detects ONE NIC, i think they both would be on the same chipset / controller so it should detect both - any ideas about that ?

Really grateful for your support on this !!


Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:40 pm
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I'd confirm that they're the same and what model they are. You can get that with lspci -p run at the console or via SSH.

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