VMWARE HP ML110 G5 Network Card Not Suported

I have bought a new ML110 G5 for testing VMWARE 3.5 ESX

I tried to install the 30 eval it wont install because the network card is not supported. Should i try a different newtork card? Is there going to be another issue after i try this? Has anyone had any experience?? Should i send my server back?

Thanks

Craig
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StappmeyerInfrastructure ArchitectCommented:
Unfortunately neither HP nor VMware list this model as a supported server.

VMware Systems Compatibility Guide for ESX Server 3.5
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi35_systems_guide.pdf

HP ProLiant ML 110 Generation 5
http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12867_na/12867_na.HTML

I also checked the VMware I/O guide and it currently does not list the NC105i included with the ML 110 as supported.

If you have a NIC that is on the VMware I/O guide that will work in the ML 110, you should be able to install it.  Since ESX does not have tremendously wide support from a hardware perspective, in the future, ensure that you review the vendor and VMwares support lists. (Might help you avoid this type of issue.)

VMware I/O Guide.
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi35_io_guide.pdf

-Regards
Steve

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larstrCommented:
Even if you use a supported nic you still will have problems with your disk controller (even if you use SAS disks) as the SC40Ge isn't supported on ESX. As Steve just said; the hw support in ESX isn't as broad as on other well known OSes.

Lars
CraigieAuthor Commented:
Guys that i realise but is there a way round this what NIC can i buy and put into it? I have spoken to both HP and Vmware about this issue and they said its not supported i am waiting for a guy form VMware to give me a solution and what will work with my system. I have spent £300 pounds on this box allready serversdirect assured me it would work and said they have companies using it. When i went back to them all they would say was its too late to complain and i can not have my money back (Great thanks). If i need to spend more money to get this system working with VMware esx 3.5 i want to make sure i get the right kit. Thanks for your help but i need a solution.

Craig
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larstrCommented:
If you buy a disk controller and a supported nic you would probably get this working. As you see from the guide Steve referred to above you can see that there is a handfull nics and disk controllers that can be used. I'm not sure if you bought this server with SAS disks or SATA disks, but either way, if you want to store the VMs locally you will need to buy a SAS (compatible) controller.

If you already have a storage solution (iSCSI, NFS, FC SAN) you can probably get ESX installed on your existing disk (and controller), but you wont be able to host any virtual machines on it.

Here's an example of a guy who bought  an ML110 and some extra parts for running ESX:
http://www.techhead.co.uk/building-a-low-cost-cheap-vmware-esx-test-server

Some more examples:
http://www.vmweekly.com/pdf/hardware_recommendations_to_build_cheap_esx_server.pdf
http://www.ntpro.nl/blog/archives/325-The-ultimate-ESX-3.5-white-box.html

Good luck!

Lars
CraigieAuthor Commented:
Thanks Guys let me buy some kit and try it i will tell you my progress
Ta
Craig
StappmeyerInfrastructure ArchitectCommented:
Did you get this working?
Thanks
PberSolutions ArchitectCommented:
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