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 install VMware ESX 3.5.0 on IBM x3400 M2 server RAID 5. 
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Hi All,

After i setup RAID 5 for my server IBM X3400 M2. I got a problem when i install VMWare ESX server 3i 3.5.0.
The error message is : "Unable to find a supported device to write the VMWare ESX Server 3i 3.5.0 image to."

I has followed this guide carefuly :
http://www.vm-help.com/esx/esx3i/ESXi_i ... _drive.php

but the error message still display again. In the end, i can't change to console mode (By ALT + F1).

please help me. Thank you.
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Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:14 am
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Is the console frozen (i.e. you can't press ALT+F1).

What sort of storage controller does the host have and what model of CPU (i.e. if it's 64 bit have you tried ESX(i) 4)?

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Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:57 am
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Hi Dave,

Yeah. The second time I pressed ALT + F1, but console is frozen. The 1 st is okay.

More information :
Storage : 4 x IBM 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS SFF Slim Hot-Swap
Processor : Intel® Xeon® Quad-Core Processor E5504 2.0GHz/800MHz 4.8GT 4MB L2 80W

It just happen when I change to RAID 5.

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Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:02 pm
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Have you tried ESXi 4.0?

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Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:06 pm
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Not yet, my project require on VMware 3.5.0.

But i found that VMWare 3.5.0 can install on IBM x3400 M2 (7836) at
http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/info/x86s ... mware.html
My VMWare version is ESX 3.5

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Dear,

I tried with ESXi 4.1, but them same error still display.
More information : After I added a RAID card : IBM ServeRAID M5015 SAS/SATA Controller, the error display. I think it not Compatible with VMWare
Have any advice for me?

Thanks a lot.


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Can you press ALT+F1 to get to the console?

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Yes, When I press ALT+F1. It change to console mode.


Wed Aug 04, 2010 7:38 pm
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That's good. Could you login (root - password is blank) and then run fdisk -l?

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hi Dave,

I've just reboot and installed with ESXi 4.1 again. And now it can recognise my RAID card and install complete. :D

The 1st time, I installed with ESXi 3.5, and it display the error message. Then I run fdisk -l like you said, has nothing display on CLI. Maybe it is not compatible.

Thanks a lot for your help.


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