Solved

Newest motherboards compatible with ESXi and sockets 1366 & 1156?

Posted on 2011-02-17
3
1,386 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hi,


I'm using ESXi for home use.  I'm looking for a motherboard for Intel i7 CPUs using sockets 1156 or 1366.  The following two sites list working boards, but many require tweaking the ICHxx controller fro the two sockets.

http://ultimatewhitebox.com/motherboard
http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/esx40_whitebox_HCL.php

There are not very many motherboards with 1156 and 1366 sockets listed on the above sites.   Purchasing a complete system is not an option.

What motherboards are you using for 1156 & 1366 sockets that do not require tweaking ICHxx?  I'm understand I'll have to install an Intel NIC.

Thanks much!!!

0
Comment
Question by:IT79637
  • 2
3 Comments
 
LVL 119
ID: 34919212
Unfortunately the White Box HCL sites are out of date, and don't list specific details for VMware vSphere HypervisorTM the new name for ESXi.

http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere-hypervisor/index.html

Big gotchas when trying to install ESXi 4.1 on home brew, white box equipment are:-

1. Storage Controller
2. Network Interface card
3. Intel VT or AMD-V enabled.

The above causes many discussions on EE, your Processor, Motherboard and BIOS MUST ALL support Intel VT or AMD-V.

Select a storage controller and network interface that are on the VMware HCL

HCL link - http://goo.gl/YwWF9

Rather than build and roll your own server, it is often cheaper to acquire an entry level Dell or HP server, or purchase used/refurbished equipment from Ebay, e.g. DL385 or DL585, that support ESXi, and 64 bit VMs.
0
 
LVL 119

Accepted Solution

by:
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
ID: 34919293
I do know that the following have been tested successfully

ASUS Z8PE-D12X.
ASUS Z8NA-D6C Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5500
ASUS Z8PE-D12X(ASMB4-IKVM) Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5520
Asus MN2-SLI Deluxe and a AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core
Some Tyan motherboards.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:IT79637
ID: 34934362
Thanks for your input.  I'll take a look at the boards.
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: IP Lookup

Get more info about an IP address or domain name, such as organization, abuse contacts and geolocation.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Will try to explain how to use the VMware feature TAGs in the VMs and create Veeam Backup Jobs using TAGs. Since this article is too long, I will create second article for the Veeam tasks.
In this article, I will show you HOW TO: Install VMware Tools for Windows on a VMware Windows virtual machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5) Host Server, using the VMware Host Client. The virtual machine has Windows Server 2016 instal…
Teach the user how to install and configure the vCenter Orchestrator virtual appliance Open vSphere Web Client: Deploy vCenter Orchestrator virtual appliance OVA file: Verify vCenter Orchestrator virtual appliance boots successfully: Connect to the …
Teach the user how to join ESXi hosts to Active Directory domains Open vSphere Client: Join ESXi host to AD domain: Verify ESXi computer account in AD: Configure permissions for domain user in ESXi: Test domain user login to ESXi host:

821 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question