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 ASUS M2A-VM SATA 
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The file also contains some older ESX(i) 3.5 drivers that might be an issue. I would just create the oem.tgz file with simple.map and see how that works.

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This time, i tried it with only one entry for the storage device:

simple.map
1002:4380 0000:0000 storage ahci

After rebooting the server, i´ve got the following error: "Failed to load lvmdriver". Are i´m right, that now the right "pointer" for the NIC is missing?

Another point: Do u think that it would be easier to create a custom installation CD / USB image?

Greetings.


Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:13 pm
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You'll need to add the NIC entry now as lack of it causes the LVM error. take a look at the script here for creating a custom ISO.

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It works.
After about 16(!) hours of troubleshooting, i´m able to configure ESXi 4.0.

And Dave, your were absolutly right.
Without the entry for the internal Realtec-NIC the problem doesn´t exists.
Thank you again!


So, these are the steps to go: (Only for ASUS P2-M2A690G with Intel® PRO/1000 GT Desktop Adapter!!!)

1. Register, download and burn VMWare ESXi 4.0 to a CD.
2. At BIOS, change your sata controller mode to AHCI
2. At the beginning of the installation (at the point where you asked to press Enter to start ) hit Alt-F1
3. This will drop you at the console screen. Type "unsupported" and hit enter. No password.
4. Run the command vmkload_mod ahci (a small delay is normal)
5. Hit Alt-F2 and follow the installation. You have to be able to choose your local installed SATA harddisk. ESXi 4.0 installation should be successfully completed.

6. With help of other linux (Live CD) mount the ESX partition wich contains the empty oem.tgz
(7). Copy the modified oem.tgz (attached here) and overwrite the original
OR
(8). Create your own simple.map witch includes the following lines:

1002:4380 0000:0000 storage ahci
8086:107c 0000:0000 network e1000


Now you should be able to Boot ESXi 4.0.

(This installation steps are created with the help of the post from r11563)


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File comment: Customized simple.map.
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Do I hit alt-f1 before the install? Do I pick text install? graphic install (alt-f1 or alt-f2 doesn't do anything)

if I do the text install and hit alt-f2 I get a
Code:
/ #
prompt.

if I type unsupported, I get -/bin/sh: unsupported: not found

if I type install, I get install: applet not found.

Where am I going wrong?


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Are you looking to install ESX or ESXi?

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Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:51 pm
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just realized these instructions are for ESXi. I was using ESX. trying ESXi now. Stuck on the "use another linux live cd to mount the esx partition" in order to modify some file with NIC and Sata settings..


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I booted with fedora live cd.

I see a disk called Hypervisor0. When I open it I can only see 4 files: ldlinux.sys, mboot.c32, safeboot.c32, syslinux.cfg. I'm not even sure this is the correct partition?

I am almost a complete linux novice. Could someone walk me through the steps on adding the 8) With help of other linux installation mount the ESX hardisks and partitions
8.1) Open oem.tgz at root of bootbank partition and include the following file and path on it: /etc/vmware/simple.map
8.2) Add the storage and the nic lines in the simple.map

1002:4380 0000:0000 storage ahci
14e4 1677 0000 0000 network tg3.o

Obs.: The last line will must match your nic hardware. The first line is compatible with your ASUS M2A-VM
steps.

Thanks


Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:33 pm
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Which motherboard do you have? Would you have a 1 GB USB flash drive around to use for the install?

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not sure of the exact model but it has the SB600 chipset and I have a intel 1000 GT pci nic in it.

I have a 8GB usb? not sure if it's too big?

the Hypervisor0 is only 4.2 MB.

Thanks again.


Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:47 pm
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