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I'm downloading the trial verison of vmware esx 3.5 for testing. I have a generic server box lying around.

Now i know that the nic card is not on the HCL list so my question is this, will VMware esx 3.5 fail to install because the nic is not on the HCL list or will it just ignore it and install anyway ESX but i'll just have no network conneciton?


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It depends.  If you don't have a support NIC card than it will not install in most cases but it all depends on the hardware.  A lot of hardware is not supported on the HCL but still supported via workarounds.

What hardware are you using?
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we have a server that was used for the art/video department. It's an Intel Quad core Q6600 with integrated video as well as a pci-e 16x card in it. It does have on board raid. The network card is not on the HCL list. I know that I'll have to get a supported nic card but will the integrated nic and pic-e video card cause vmware to fail to install?

The monitor will be plugged into the integrated on board video.
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On whiteboxes I've had issues installing ESX since it relies on the network card for the console/management. I've had mostly Purple Screen of death screen on non-supported NICs.  The good news is that an intel e1000 nics are fairly cheap these days.
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but what about other things like the pci-e 16x video card? Would that bring the screen of death? i'll have 2 video sources on the machine. One that's a decidated video card in the xpress 16x slot and one that's integrated. If my monitor is on the integrated would vmware just ignore the dedicated video card?

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You'll have to give it a try, vmware is hardware specific sometimes and may PSOD for a number of reasons.  Best thing to do is give it a try.
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