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I am running a whitebox Intel server with a Xeon X3330 Processor.  VMWare shows this processor is supported for ESXi 4.1 but not the newer release 5.  Does anyone know if they are just still filling in the database or if the newest version is just not going to support my server hardware?
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What information did you search?  I checked the VMware HCL (at http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl) and see that the Intel X33xx series CPUs are supported by ESXi 5.0.

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by:R_M_Ron
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I was using Intel as the partner name as this is not a brand name server but a built server instead.  Am I wrong to view it this way?
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I thought you were asking only about the CPU so I searched with only:
Product Release Version: ESXi 5.0
CPU Series: Intel Xeon 33xx Series
To check compatibility for your system as a whole, I'd search for the motherboard first and failing that, for the various components such as storage controller, video, etc.

BTW the HCL is supposed to be the authoritative list of hardware that receives official VMware support for any given release.  If your hardware isn't listed for a release, VMware doesn't commit to supporting it.

Having said that, your hardware may still work even though it's not supported.  In general I'd start at http://ultimatewhitebox.com/ for VMware white box information.

--klodefactor
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Maybe my problem is the Motherboard?  It is an intel S3000 AH Motherboard.  Don't want to upgrade this box for another 24 months if I don't have to.
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by:R_M_Ron
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Helps a ton, it does not look like my board is tested here for anything beyond ESX 3.5 though, oh well, I may test this myself then.  Thanks for the link!
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Just be a little cautious of the vRAM limits within ESXi 5.0 if you are using the Free version. Off Topic for this post, but if you do not understand post a new question.
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