Installing ESX 4.1 error at 97% completed

I'm installing ESX 4.1 for a test lab for the firs ttime.  Everything has gone fine during the install except this error at the 97% completion point:

Installing ESX 4.1
Status: 97% Complete - Boot Setup
an error has occured during your ESX installation.
[Errno2] No such file or directory: '/mnt/sysimage/boot/initrd.img'
Debug or Reboot


I've rebooted and tried reinstalling.... same error.

Any thoughts?

Thanks,
Jim

atekcomputerSenior Network EngineerAsked:
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
You can take the installable ESXi CD and instead of pointing the installation to hard drives you can point it to USB drive
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
What hardware are you using?
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atekcomputerSenior Network EngineerAuthor Commented:

2x AMD Opteron 270 Dual Core 64 Bit 2Ghz CPU's
4GB PC2700 Memory ECC Memory
3Ware 9550S-4LP SATA RAID Card
2x 500GB SATA Drives
Arima Motherboards HDAMA Motherboard

I loaded the 3Ware 9550S driver during the installation.
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
Is the sever you are installing to on the VMWARE HCL?

http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php
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zazagorCommented:
Hi,

Try sanitizing the disks, that is activley overwriting the disks.
Use a third party software like killdisk or preferably if it is supported in the BIOS, do it from there.

//zazagor
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
Check the HCL to see if it's compatible on the vmware website.  If not there check the whitebox site and see if anyone got it to work

http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/esx40_whitebox_HCL.php
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atekcomputerSenior Network EngineerAuthor Commented:
the controller card shows up, but the AMDs don't.....  is that the problem?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
as paulsolov has suggested, check the whitebox HCL to check if anyone has got that whitebox server working.

You processors should be okay, and if you storage controller is on the HCL, things should proceed okay.

Have you tried installing ESXi 4.1 onto a USB flash drive, and trying to boot that?
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atekcomputerSenior Network EngineerAuthor Commented:
I haven't put on a USB drive, but on a CD-ROM. I booted from it, but it doesn't see the controller because ESXi doesn't give me the option to load the drivers.

Do you have the best way to create a bootable USB drive?

Thanks.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
1. Insert USB Flash Drive into computer.

2. Insert ESXi Installation CDROM

3. Boot from the ESXi installation CDROM, and select the USB Drive.

4. Wait for it to install onto USB drive for 10-20 mins.

5. Reboot computer with USB drive.

6. ESXi install done.
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atekcomputerSenior Network EngineerAuthor Commented:
Let me rephrase... how do I create an installation USB drive?  I did what you said, but I have to boot from the USB drive. I want to install it on the 500 GB hard drive and not have to boot from the USB every time.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
3. Boot from the ESXi installation CDROM, and select the the 500GB hard drive.

if the 500GB hard drives does not appear in the installation, the storage controllers is not supported by ESXi.
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atekcomputerSenior Network EngineerAuthor Commented:
is there any way to reconfigure ESXi to load a controller driver so it'll see it?  I'm running a 3Ware 9550S card and they have a VMWare driver for it.

thanks
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atekcomputerSenior Network EngineerAuthor Commented:
I found out how to install the driver from the 3Ware website.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay that's good. Because if you needed to roll your own ESXi install which often comes up on white box servers, roll your own servers etc

I have discussed this very subject with the EE Moderators, and we are not allowed to discuss it on EE, as it involes modifying VMware distributed software and reverse engineering distributed it. "hacking it for a better word".

The only thing I can state is search the VMware Communitiy forums, and the Whitebox HCL links.

One last clue is this link

http://www.vm-help.com/esx/esx3i/customize_oem_tgz.php

I'm afraid I cannot help you with this subject if it involves rolling your own ESXi install.
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
If i was hanccocka I'd be a bit miffed about the points split!  paulsolov added nothing new at all to what he had said already.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
@Neilsr: thanks for the credit, but hey chill man, we all love each other on EE!  
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atekcomputerSenior Network EngineerAuthor Commented:
Sorry, Hancocka, I didn't mean to stiff you on the points (per Neilsr), but he did add some.

I appreciate your help on this, sorry again.

Jim
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
no problems, i'm chilled man!
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
If we were getting paid by the answer that would ne a different discussion.

Neilsr:  take it easy it's not like you added anything to the discussion
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