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32-bit guest OS on esxi 4.1 with HP dl380 g4

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I was told the g4 does not support x64 guest OS

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_26881208.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+10+30+4.1+esxi+g4+hp+x64

Can i even install x86 with esxi 4.1 on my G4?

I tried with x32 and received a message stating to turn on VT again. I assumed that was because of the EM64T architecture, it won't let the host install x64 but allow x86. Does this prohibit be from running VM's period? Is this server Obsolete for these operations?

Thanks and regards,

Robert
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by:Randy_Bojangles
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4.1 needs a 64 bit host for the Hypervisor regardless of the guests you want to run
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by:paulsolov
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Please ensure that your CPU has EMT64.  Most of the ones I've seen do but doublechech.  The EMT64 enabled ESX4.1 install, without it ESX 4.1 would not be able to be installed. If it goes through then the 32 bit VMs shouldn't be an issue
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by:tobe1424
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My apologies. I meant to say guest x64.

I was able to install esxi 4.1 without an issue. However, now I cannot install from any .iso

At first I tried with x64 windows 2008 r2. Now I get the same message while trying to installa x86 VM
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I'm surprised you managed to get ESXi 4.1 installed, and running without crashing on a HP DL380 G4.

Although the G4 has a 64bit processor it has NO Intel-VT. So ESXi 4.1 will not work correctly, this server is not on the HCL.

Try ESXi 3.5/4.0. (32 bit VMs) will work with this.
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it's obsolete for ESXi 4.1, but can work for labs on ESXi 3.5/4.0 for 32bit VMs only.
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by:tobe1424
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I deleted the VM and created a new one. This allowed me to install a 32-bit guest OS.

Thanks,

Robert
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by:Luciano Patrão
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Hi

This server is like Dell 1950, we cannot create 64 bit OS, but with 32 bit guest work.

It depends on the guest and what application, or server services you will manage on this hosts, you will see many CPU usage on guests.

For lab testing with guests with 32 bit, work and can do the job.

Jail
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by:65td
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The G4 is 64 bit see:
http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12028_div/12028_div.html

Ensure VT is enabled for esx 4.x and higher then should be able to install both x64 and 32 bit OS's.

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65td: The G4 is 65 bit but does NOT have Intel VT because the CPUs are P4 based single core.  Intel VT started with dual core CPUs.  I have configured dozens of these and have a few in my home lab.
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paulsolov: My mistake you correct.
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I made that mistake a few years ago and paid for it
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