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 ASUS DSBV-DX/SAS with ESXi 3.5 Update 4 
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I'm having issues...

I'm trying to install ESX 4.0 GUI and/or Text on a DSBV-DX board with two XEON E5405 procs, 16 GB Corsair FB PC2-5300 and a PQI SSD SATA2 32GB drive.

After I select GUI Install, she loads the installation process and while its loading scheduler, it pink screens with this error
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VMware ESX 4.0.0 build-164009

System manufacturer System Product Name

8 x Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5405 @ 2.00GHz
16 GB Memory

The system has found a problem on your machine and cannot continue.

System initialization failed: Failed to initialize additional processors
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Not sure how to progress after seeing this. Can anyone help?


Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:18 pm
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Do you have exactly the same CPUs and have you tried ESX 3.5 or ESXi 4.0?

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Tue Nov 24, 2009 10:24 pm
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Dave.Mishchenko wrote:
Do you have exactly the same CPUs and have you tried ESX 3.5 or ESXi 4.0?


Yes, they are the same cpus. I wanted to use the GUI with ESX 4.0 and connect to it thru vcenter. Why is ESXi 4.0 different?


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ESXi will be able to connect to vCenter in the same way ESX does and although there are some differences the major functional items work the same on both.

The vmkernel is a bit different with ESXi so it might be successful where ESX is not.

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Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:26 am
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Edit: FYI - my board is a DSBV-DX (no SAS)

So, I found that if I enable the CPUID :3 setting, ESX installs fine.

Though when I view the system thru vCenter, I see that it sees 2 CPUs but identifies them with only 1 core, per CPU. Now, I have 2 x Quad Core Xeons (E5405) and I'm not sure why these are showing up as only 1 core per proc. I noticed that it does see that I am trucking along at 4GHz. Anyone, got an idea why that is?

Also, does ESX 4.0 update 1 have support for either the onboard Intel Raid controller and/or LSI Mega Raid controller. The reason I ask is because I've configured a Raid 5 on the Intel side and I've configured a Raid 0 on the LSI side and both side appear during the ESX install as not being raided. The installer sees 3 Hard Drives instead of just one raided drive. Maybe I'm missing something... like drivers. Do I need to install Drivers for either the LSI or the Intel Raid controllers into ESX? If so, where can I find ESX drivers for LSI and/or Intel?

While we on the subject of drivers, is there any drivers I need to install pertaining to the motherboard?

Thanks for ya'll help.


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If you run esxtop at the console what do you see for CPUs. In the below I'm running on a single CPU host with 2 cores (thus you see 2 cores for the PCPU lines). On yours you should see 8. If you go to Configuration \ Processors what do you see listed there?

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12:00:00am up 6 days 18:33, 154 worlds; CPU load average: 0.01, 0.01, 0.01
PCPU USED(%):   1.9   0.4 AVG:   1.2
PCPU UTIL(%):   2.2   0.5 AVG:   1.4


There aren't any additional MB drivers and ESX(i) doesn't support RAID for software RAID adapters which is likely the case with the Intel controller and maybe the case with the LSI megaraid (is it an 1068E)?

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Wed Nov 25, 2009 4:03 pm
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The LSI® 1068 SAS Controller comes on the SAS Model. I'm using the DX model with no SAS support. The Raid Controllor that comes on on this board is called LSI MegaRaid.

Soon as I can get back to the ESX server I'll throw that other commend at it and see what is list as the proccessors. Now, inside vCenter it list as 2 processors and 1 core per proc.


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As for as I can tell its only listing 2 cores out of 8 of my 2 procs


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Are you running Update1 yet and / or the latest BIOS for the PC?

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