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ESXi 4.1 vmkctl.HostCtlException Unable to load module /usr/lib/vmware/vkmod/vmfs3: Failure

Posted on 2011-04-27
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Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I ran into the same problem as indicated in "ID: 26565793" by brothertu. My hardware is Dell Latitude E5410. It is a supported hardware and there is no way I can install an additional NIC.

Any clue to fix the problem.
Question by:Tatgor
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I'm not seeing the Dell Latittude E5410 listed on the Hardware Compatibility List for ESXi 4.1.

Laptops are often not supported by ESXi 4.1, as it's an enterprise class server operating system designed for servers.

Here is the HCL


Are you trying to install ESXi 4,1 on Bare Metal.

If this is only for learning and home use, I would recommend you try installing a 64 bit OS on your Dell laptop, and using VMware Workstation 7.1 to install ESXi 4.1.

See here


This works because the virtual hardware inside VMware Workstation is compatible with ESXi 4.1, this is ideal for training and home use, but you'll not be able to test 64 bit Virtual Machines, as nested Intel-VT does not fucntion.

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Yes, I am installing ESXi 4.1 on Bare Metal (No OS preinstalled on the E5410).

If I do not want to pay, is VMware Player the only option from VMWare?

Thanks in advance.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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VMware Player 3.0 is an option to you for free, if you install it on a 64 bit OS. Because you can now also create and play Virtual Machines in Player as well now.

Have look at the demo here


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