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HP DL380 G4 motherboard upgrade to support VT using Intel Xeon MP 7110M 2.60GHz Processor

Working to take company to virtual, but no budget until we get some traction.  eBayed two DL380's and found 7110M Intel chips that support VT; now need to upgarde motherboards to match chips, have VT capability and fit the DL380 hardware.  Would be great if only thing left is motherboard to get to ESXi 4.1.  Thanks & regards...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
To get Intel VT to work correctly, is not just a case of using an Intel VT enabled processor, the motherboard and BIOS also need to be Intel VT enabled, often the processor pin on the motherboard is not connected, and left flying.

What is the question?
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Paul SolovyovskyCommented:
http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12028_div/12028_div.html#Technical Specifications


The following CPUs are supported byt the DL380G4 only.  The CPU bays do not support Core2 CPUs which are required, G4 models do not support this.  

The following are supported and none of them have Intel VT

Intel Xeon X3.2-1MB/800MHz Processor Option Kit 374492-B21
Intel Xeon X2.8-2MB/800MHz Processor Option Kit  397645-B21
Intel Xeon X3.0-2MB/800MHz Processor Option Kit 378748-B21
Intel Xeon X3.0-2MB/800MHz LV Processor Option Kit  397646-B21
Intel Xeon X3.2-2MB/800MHz Processor Option Kit 378749-B21
Intel Xeon X3.4-2MB/800MHz Processor Option Kit  378750-B21
Intel Xeon X3.6-2MB/800MHz Processor Option Kit 378751-B21
Intel Xeon X3.8-2MB/800MHz Processor Option Kit  378752-B21


You should have purchased at DL180 G6 or a DL320 G5 (single CPU and 8GB RAM but supports Intel VT CPUs and can a P200 controller for $50 off ebay)


The 7110M Intel chips that support VT is only supported in the ML570G4 which has Intel VT option in the BIOS, the DL380G4 does not as stated in previous post
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VirtualDallasAuthor Commented:
Just one last stab at this; is there a motherboard that will accept the 7110M chips?  The socket, etc. Of current mobo socket physically accepts, but apparently has been intentionally hobbled to not use these chips.  Short version? Regardless of VT, would like to use the chips if a mobo is out there.  Appreciate the advise on the VT eBay choices.
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VirtualDallasAuthor Commented:
Just one last stab at this; is there a motherboard that will accept the 7110M chips?  The socket, etc. Of current mobo socket physically accepts, but apparently has been intentionally hobbled to not use these chips.  Short version? Regardless of VT, would like to use the chips if a mobo is out there.  Appreciate the advise on the VT eBay choices.
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IanThCommented:
look at the whitebox hcl
http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/esx40_whitebox_HCL.php#MB 
s all the green ones run esx 4/4.1
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VirtualDallasAuthor Commented:
Hate to beg, but a motherboard that will drop in and work in the DL 380 G4 chassis and accept the 7110M chips?  Again, new at this.  Hope I'm phrasing correctly.
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VirtualDallasAuthor Commented:
One last; will HP Proliant DL320 G5 Dual Core 2.13GHz 2GB support ESXi and a 64 Bit OS virtualization?
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Paul SolovyovskyCommented:
There is no motherboard that will fit all the cutouts and also have the correct connector for th power supply, regulator, motherboard and fans.  The next generation is DL360 G5 and it has different set of plugs.
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Paul SolovyovskyCommented:
; will HP Proliant DL320 G5 Dual Core 2.13GHz 2GB support ESXi and a 64 Bit OS virtualization?

--YES.  I have two of these in my lab at home. What it will not do is support RAID since it uses onboard raid controller, it will see it as 2 drives.  Two give you raid you will need to purchase an E200 controller (about $50) and HP conversion cable, about $50.  You can go to 8GB RAM and it's unregistered ECC memory so it's very cheap (about$80 for 4x2 Dimms)

You can also use larger SATA or SAS drives with the E200, the base SATA speed without raid controller is 150 vs 300.
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VirtualDallasAuthor Commented:
Basd news for me; no reflection on the information provider.
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