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 ASUS M2A-VM SATA 
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I had 2 sata drives and I had loaded Fedora 9 on it originally. I tried loading the ESXI on a USB drive and get the same error of failed to find boot partion.

My stat drives are as follows

Western Digital 380Gb
Seagate Baracuda 500 GB
USB Drive 1 gb
When I do a Fdisk the system see's the Western Digital and not the Seagate,


Fri Sep 18, 2009 4:54 am
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If you disconnect the 2 drives and have just the USB flash drive does it work then?

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Fri Sep 18, 2009 6:23 am
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I have not tried that when I tried to re-install VMware ESXi4 it staill gave me the same error failed to find boot partion however when I ran the fdisk -lu it showed the usb drive and the Western digital drive the Seagate drive was a new drive that had not been used before. the western digital was the primary drive. I will try and remvoe both drives and reistall them.


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I do not "get" steps 8.1 and 8.2. How do I add a file with a path onto it when booted from a live disk?


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When you boot with the live CD are you able to mount the hypervisor1 partition? You can see another example of this here - http://www.vm-help.com/esx/esx3i/disabl ... tartup.php.


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Yes, I can see it, I just do not know how to add a file to that tgz with a path in it.


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See the sample here for creating the oem.tgz file - http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/customize_oem_tgz.php

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Hi guys,

ive got a problem with my ESXi 4.0. "Failed to find boot partition".

These are my spezification:
Hardwareplatform - ASUS P2-M2A690G
NIC - Intel Pro/1000 GT - PCI
HDD - Samsung HD 321KJ

So now from the beginning. I followed the instructions on this threat.

After the successfully installation, ive modified the "simple.map" as follows:
1002:4380 0000:0000 storage ahci
10ec:8168 0000:0000 network r8168
8086:107c 0000:0000 network e1000
(Also have a look to the attached oem.zip. Under Linux its packed as oem.tgz)

Then i guess, that booting will be possible without any problems but, after the initialization screen, i got following message: "Failed to find boot partition".

Can someone help me in troubleshooting this problem?

Kind regards - x4nPro

EDIT: Attached File deleted to prevent the use of a non functioning simple.map.


Last edited by x4nPro on Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:20 am, edited 1 time in total.



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Did you install to the HD or a USB flash drive? What's the source of the oem.tgz file as the folder for pci.ids is incorrect (it should be in /etc/vmware/).

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Dave.Mishchenko wrote:
Did you install to the HD or a USB flash drive? What's the source of the oem.tgz file as the folder for pci.ids is incorrect (it should be in /etc/vmware/).


Hi Dave.
Thanks a lot for your fast answer!
- I installed ESXi at a seperate parititon on harddisk.
- The Source of oem.tgz is http://www.vm-help.com/esx/esx3i/customize_oem_tgz.php
The Source of the File is http://www.icjacobsen.com/dld/oem.tgz.
Assuming that the file structure is correct, i only modified simple.map and repacked it under Linux with the following command: "tar -cvzf oem.tgz oem"

If there is the need for some more information for troubleshooting, let me know this.

Greetings Thomas

EDIT1: Just saw that the last oem.tgz wasn´t the right one i would like to post. Now, it´s the one wich i´m using. Remember, oem.zip is packed as oem.tar under Linux.

EDIT2: Attached File deleted to prevent the use of a non functioning simple.map.


Last edited by x4nPro on Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:20 am, edited 1 time in total.



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