esxi on vmware server 2

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I have a 64bit server and installed vmware server 2 on it.
Now I want to create a vm with esxi4.1
But I have some problems the installations starts but it stopped always here:

BOOTING: MBI=0x00010138, entry=0x00400256

The vm has the following characters:
harddisk 16GB
processor 1
memory 2GB
OS redhat 5 64 bit

I just want to install esxi4.1 to test around ...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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ESXi 4.1 is not compatible with VMware Server 2.0.2

Try VMware Workstation 7.1.4

http://www.vladan.fr/how-to-install-esxi-4-1-inside-of-vmware-workstation-7-1/
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How you know this ?
I don't have VMWARE Workstation available.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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or if the server is on the HCL, install ESXi 4.1 on the bare metal.

Check the VMware HCL (Hardware Compatability Lists) here

http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl

http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php

http://partnerweb.vmware.com/comp_guide2/search.php

(replace the Windows OS with it)

otherwise VMware Workstation 7.1.4 has the correct virtual hardware to support ESXi 4.1, with an Easy Install option, and a special ESX Server 4.0 Virtual Machine Template.

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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I've have tested it! Like everything I write on EE.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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You could download a trial of VMware Workstation.
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In general nested Hypervisors does not function. the installation of one virtualization product inside another.

VMware Server 2.0.2 with ESXi installed.

Also VMware Server 2.0.2 is end of life, it has been discontinued, Extended Support is uintil 30 June 2011.

You would be better off installing ESXi 4.1 on the bare metal of the server if possible, but this would replace the Windows Server OS, if you cannot do that I would suggest a trial of VMware W
orkstation 7.1.4.

VMware Workstation 6.5.3 which is of a similar technology to VMware Server 2.0.2 also does not run ESXi 4.1, you may want to try ESXi 4.0.
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Hi

Boot errors such as this indicate compatibility problems. Go check here if your Hardware is in the HCL of ESX4i. Though there are tons of drivers available in the Linux world VMWare guys like to ignore the low level drivers and support only Server Hardware. Arguably this is a strategy to keep away low-end desktop system owners bugging the support :)

Here's the HCL : http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl

Cheers,
K.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Have a look at this VMware Communities posting

http://communities.vmware.com/message/1630915

ESXi 4.1 is not supported in VMware Server 2.0.2 Hypervisor.
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It seems, if you don't wanna pay for Workstation, you can install ESX in VMware Player (see: http://xtravirt.com//xd10001). That being said, I am not certain you can install the version of ESX you're wanting, as I have not tested doing so. But, since it's all free..no harm, no foul in testing, unless "hanccocka" has tried and can shed some light on the possibility?

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