Re: ESXi 3.5 - Network, IDE and ACPI
Ok. The rundown. I was able to get our DL140 G1's to run ESXi 3.5 U4 with the stock hardware (ours has dual 3.0GHz processors and 3GB RAM with 80GB IDE HD).
vm-help.com basically had all the answers and Dave has been more than helpful (no wonder his is a VMWare vExpert). Some may say I was lucky, but I say I was blessed to find the missing piece that I haven't seen posted anywhere else yet. I am still doing stress testing, but 8 hours plus with CPU's running at 100% in 2 VM's and another running intermittent stress.
Anyway, here is how it goes. You basically follow the example at http://www.vm-help.com/esx/esx3i/ESXi_3 ... is_limited
but instead specify the advanced option noioapic.
(all the options are found at: http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/vmkernel_boot_options.php
- officially about ESX 4)
If you want to use the integrated IDE controller, you will al so need to use the "IDE Hack" found here: http://www.vm-help.com/esx/esx3i/ESXi_i ... _drive.php
It is important to specify the boot option noioapic again at first boot (press Shift-O at the first vmware boot screen). Otherwise, you will have to manually setup the datastore after you remember to specify the option.
Also, remember to change the advanced options from the VI client once you can get connected. The option you need to uncheck is in the Advanced Options, VMKernel, Boot. You need to uncheck the box next to VMKernel.Boot.ioapic. At that point you can boot your DL140 without specifying the advanced option at each boot.
I hope this helps someone else as well. Now we can use all our DL140 G1's for backup ESXi capacity.