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Installing ESXi 3.5 U4 on Dell PowerEdge R200

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Hey
I have Dell PowerEdge R200, i want to make a clean installation of ESXi 3.5.0 U4 on it, but it fails (unable to find supported device). I have both my harddisk and CD drive are of SATA type.
I attach a snapshot of the error. Can somebody pls, tell me what i can do??
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by:vmwarun - Arun
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How many Hard Disks are there in the Server ? Have you configured RAID ?
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by:delmandiyar
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only one Hard Disk 700 GB, and it is an SATA type.
No RAID configuration is made, and i don't know how to do that?
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Could you please update the Hardware Specs of the Dell PE R200 Server ?
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by:xfreddie
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The Dell R200 is not in the  Hardware compatible list.
So i imagion that the controller is not supported.

Check the VMware HCL : "http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?action=search&deviceCategory=server&productId=1&advancedORbasic=advanced&maxDisplayRows=1000000&key=Dell&release[]=21&datePosted=-1&partnerId[]=-1&formFactorId[]=-1&cpuModeId[]=-1&cpuName[]=-1&chipset[]=-1&stepping=&nsockets=&ncores=&max_mem=&rorre=0"

To see what i mean.

Gr,
Xfreddie
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by:delmandiyar
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Well, i understand that u need more hardware information!!
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by:vmwarun - Arun
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ESXi requires a minimum of 2 Sockets in order to complete successful installation.

Check out Page 20 of this doc - http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3i_i/r35u2/vi3_35_25_u2_3i_i_setup.pdf
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by:xfreddie
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The sata controller is not supported by VMware 3.5.
It can not access the harddisk(s).

VMware has a HCL where the list hardware that they support ( where you can install ESX on )
and i am sorry to say that your system is not supported.

Gr,
Xfreddie
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by:delmandiyar
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I had installed ESXi on a USB stick, and i could boot the ESXi from the USB by the server. Do u still mean that my server is not supported??
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by:vmwarun - Arun
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If its not on the VMware HCL, then its not supported.
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by:delmandiyar
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So you mean, that it's impossible to install ESXi on my Server?? is there any way to do it?? or is there any other version of ESXi i can insall on my server?
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Every installation of VMware ESX/ESXi requires 2 Sockets plugged in to your Motherboard.

A single CPU Socket with 4 Cores is not valid. But 2 CPU Sockets (Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad) is valid.

If you want to install ESXi, then I suggest that you find compatible hardware as per VMware HCL.

Please update the purpose of your VMware ESXi Installation. (POC or any other reason)
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by:delmandiyar
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well i need to install ESXi on my server, and then i need to have/run multiple virtual machines opertaing systems on the server, and these operting systems should each have VPN or other remote programes installed on them.
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The only way is to get a Server listed in the VMware HCL and proceed accordingly.
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by:xfreddie
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I have read up on this.
There could be a way to get it to work.
Check this site : http://www.vm-help.com/esx/esx3i/ESXi_install_to_IDE_drive/ESXi_install_to_IDE_drive.php

Hope it helps.
Gr,
Xfreddie
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by:delmandiyar
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To xfreddie.
I have allready done that, with no luck.
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by:xfreddie
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DelMandiyar, try it again.
But change the embedded sata from ATA mode to ACHI .
And try the "http://www.vm-help.com/esx/esx3i/ESXi_install_to_IDE_drive/ESXi_install_to_IDE_drive.php"
Solution.

Hope it helps.
Xfreddie
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by:delmandiyar
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To xfreddie, it's only possible to change to off and ATA mode, there are not any ACHI.
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Hmm  then the only solution i can think of it to use an USB drive to install uppon.
Or change the controller......

Regards,
Xfreddie
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by:delmandiyar
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it looks like that there are nothing to do!! :(
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