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 VMDirectPath supported hardware = Intel DQ45CB working OK 
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Post VMDirectPath supported hardware = Intel DQ45CB working OK
Hi there,

i'm searchine for supported hardware to have ESXi 4.0 to do VMDirectPath. I want to make a PCI firewire card exclusivily available to a virtual machine.

I found the Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Q9550 (Boxed, FC-LGA4, "Yorkfield") processor interesting and this processor should do the job; but finding a confirmed compatible mainboard is a nightmare.

can anyone advise me a desktop class mainboard that:

1st priority: Can run ESXi4.0
2nd priority: Can do VMDirectPath with Intel VT-d to have a firewire PCI card available to a virtual machine.
3th priority: Accepts 8GB of RAM
4th priority: Can use onboard (most preferable RAID1) SATA
5th priority: Can use onboard nic
6th priority: Has fullsize ATX formfactor

I hope someone can advise me a confirmed sulution

regards,


Arno


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Sun Aug 09, 2009 11:08 am
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Post Re: VMDirectPath supported hardware
I can confirm that an Intel DQ45CB board with an Intel Q9550 works great for VT-d on ESXi 4.0

It's even possible to select the onboard PCI firewire and soundcard for passthrough to the VM.

Too bad it's not a full-size ATX board and the onboard ICH SATA controller isn't hardware RAID.

Nevertheless, The board functions out of the box on ESXi, onboard sata and network controller works.


Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:49 am
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If two different motherboards support VMDirectPath will the same supported devices work on both?


Fri Oct 02, 2009 7:25 am
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Post Re: VMDirectPath supported hardware = Intel DQ45CB working OK
Hi there

Please can you whether FT (Fault tolerance) works or not with this CPU and motherboard combination.
The Q9550 is not in the supported list at all.
I am glad to see the VT-d and directIO is working.
Can you also please confirm that you have flashed with the latest bios or which bios version you are using.

Thanks a million
Dennis


Sat Oct 03, 2009 6:39 pm
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