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Installing ESXi 4.1

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I am using new Intel i5 with SATA disks. After I have gone through all startup menus and shortly after the system start installing, lot of errors are displayed on my monitor and the computer halts,
e.g. unable to load module, and line numbers like some script are not running right.  HostCtlExcetion
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by:minki12
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Have you tested the RAM in the system with something such as memtest 86? Also you may want to verify your media against the checksum from vmware to make sure it was written/saved properly.
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I have downloaded the image twice and written it twice on cd. This is the same error as I got when I tryed to install then ESXi on server who was not compatable with ESXi.
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by:minki12
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is intel vt enabled on the cpu from the bios? Ive had issues with that previously but cant remember the errors that were generated. Is the hardware listed in the hcl?
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by:Stelian Stan
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It could be because can't find...nic, controller, or CPU.  Generally it's the controller or nic that cause most issues.  

Try to install on usb it will be required to boot up all the time but will let you know whether the issue is with controller or nic, or at least provide some insight.  
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by:Stelian Stan
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Are you using the onboard nic?
If you have a Intel nic, disable the one you are using now and try with Intel nic.
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by:coolsport00
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You more than likely have a hardware incompatibility somewhere. Have you checked everything against VMware's HCL (host, NIC, controllers, etc.)?
http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php

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I am using
Intel VT i5-750
Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H motherboard
SATA disk WD500
 I have enabled VT - not using onboard NIC I use PCI Intel NIC , I boot setup disk from USB DVD drive.
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by:coolsport00
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Check all your hardware against the HCL from the link I posted to verify compatibility.

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I am unable to find anything.
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by:minki12
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Also check that your sata controller is in raid mode. I know with non raid ide controllers 3.5 would not install, not certain its the same but it could be causing the issue
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by:soffcec
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Her are my errors , they come right after I press F11, I never get the chance to select disks.
ESXi-error.jpg
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by:coolsport00
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"soffcec"...what is your server model?...disk/raid controller model?
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My server is Gigabyte P55M-UD2 with Intel i5 and the SATA/Raid is controlled with Intel P55 chipset
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What MODEL server is it (e.g. HP Proliant DL380 G7, Dell PowerEdge 2980, etc.)...not the hardware you have in it...(although that is really the determination of what is supported or not)...

Thanks.
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This is noname homemade server.
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by:coolsport00
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Ah...ok; well, let me do some checking for you in the HCL on the hardware you posted. That will probably be our answer. Sorry I haven't been too responsive...I was pretty much 'out' since Wed night....

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"soffcec"...I didn't see any of the hardware you listed in the HCL. If your hardware isn't listed during a search, that means ESX/ESXi won't be able to install device drivers for your installation so yes...you won't even get to the installation screen to select which disks to install it on. Having a 'home-grown' system is typically not the best route to go, unless of course all the equipment is on the HCL.

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by:soffcec
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I am now running Windows 2008 Hyper-V on the machine with no problems, I think I will stay there.
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Good choice :) Haven't used HV in almost 2yrs personally. MS has made some good strides, but is still a bit behind; but, close enough to at least compete with other virtualization vendors (VMware, Sun, Citrix, etc.).

Best of luck "soffcec".

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