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ESXi 3.5 on a DL380 G7 - Missing Video Card option in the Virtual Machine Properties

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Does anyone have a clue why i am missing my video card options / hardware in the properties of any my virtual machines?

I shut down my virtual machine, right click the machine and choose for "Edit....."
Then i do not see any video card / graphics card / or what so ever?

Because i am running a Windows 2008 R2 server inside my ESXi i really would like to change the video driver to the WDMM, but my VMware Tools does not install the drivers, because there is no video card present.

Anyone with a solution?

I need this to be up and running very quickly.
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Question by:RemcoVi
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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Have you had Video Card properties before?

You've not mistaken a ESX/ESXi 4.0. 4.1, 5.0 installation?

What version of ESXi 3.5 do you have?

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by:RemcoVi
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Help -> About VMware Infrastructure
Tells me the following:

VMware infrastructure Client
Version 2.5.0
Build 204907

VMware ESX Server 3i
Version 3.5.0
Build 207095

It is a fresh installation so no i have not seen or missed this option untill now. I didn't pay attention to it before, but because now i wanna change it, i saw that it was missing.

Downloaded ESXi yesterday from the website of VMware.
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I do not believe Windows 2008 R2 is supported on ESXi 3.5.

The reason I ask, is Video Card options appear in ESXi 4.0, 4.1 and 5.0, but I'm not certain they were there on ESXi 3.5.
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by:RemcoVi
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I have installed ESXi before on many servers and that wasn't a problem. Don'tell me that i downloaded the wrong ESXi version (panic)

I just need the basic free ESXi where i can run a SBS and TS on it for a small company.

Or is there even a newer version i should have downloaded?
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okay, the u5 version of ESXi 3.5 you are running could support WIn2k8 R2.
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Why did you download ESXi 3.5?

ESXi 5.0 is the latest?

esxI 5.0 DOWNLOAD HERE!
https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/index.php
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also installed ESXi 5.0 on a USB/SD card for the DL380 G7 as well, that way you can keep ALL the disks for the datastore, the best way to install.

You place the SD card inside the box; see the User's Guide, pg. 14:
http://www.pdspc.com/digitalcontent/USER_MANUAL/02e7f52c-b748-4762-b6f5-ea21f63626e4.pdf (item #13).

Here is the VMware KB on installing 4.1 on USB/SD:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1020655
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by:RemcoVi
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Oke, problem is that i use local disk storage.
Can i install ESXi 5.0 with maintaining my datastore on the same disk?

And installing ESXi on a USB or SD card is better for performance?
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It's best pratice to isolate ESXi installation from datastore.

The USB/SD card is just justed to read a few files, into memory, because all ESXi installs go memory resident!

So it just saves you local disk!

Yes, you can re-install ESXi onto USB/SD card, whilst maintaining datastore, just when it asks, DO NOT OVERWRITE IT!
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by:RemcoVi
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But i got a local installation of the ESXi older version.

So i need to change the boot order to the SD card and then start ESXi from it.

All my virtual machines inside the datastore i can access, but then i have to do some kind of upgrade i think.

But can't i download 5.0, burn it, and boot from it and upgrade the current version with maintaining my files as in datastore?

Other case, then i will start over and make the machines all over again......
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by:RemcoVi
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Is it wise to upgrade to 5.0?

"ESXi 5.0 ISO image (Includes VMware Tools) Boot your server with this image in order to install or upgrade to ESXi. This ESXi image includes VMware Tools. NOTE: ESXi requires 64-bit capable servers."

i don't know if it is possible, but if it is. Will this be the same end result as i would start a new fresh installation and install my servers from scratch again?
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by:RemcoVi
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PS. I don't know why i installed 3.5. I thought i was downloading the latest version, but appearently the link i used went to 3.5....................
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You can try an Upgrade. It will upgrade to ESXi 5.0.

(just make sure you have a backup of VMs)

Personally, I always like a fresh install.
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by:RemcoVi
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Then i have a nice job to do now and do a fresh install of everything.
One mistake i will never make again...

Thanks for your help.
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by:RemcoVi
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On problem is the way i am going to install.

Is there any cons about installing it local instead of USB or SD?

Because i don't have an SD card around here.
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Insert the SD card in the server, and then boot the ESXi 5.0 cdrom, and it will detect and install to SD card.
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by:RemcoVi
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Ok but what if i dont have a SD card?

Can it be a problem if i just install it on the local disk and wich will also contain my future datastore?

Any drawbacks to this in performance? because no SD card means no other choice.
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Ah, okay.

No you can install on local disk.

(you just will not be able to expand datastore in the future! because the ESXi installation is on the same disk as the datastore.)
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by:RemcoVi
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That won't be a problem, because there is enough space for some years.

Thanks for you fantatic support and quick responses. I will install it all over again and hope i won't be stuck again, because i would like to have some sleep at all.

Thanks again!!!!
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by:RemcoVi
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Thanks for your quick response and help!!
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No problems.
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by:RemcoVi
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Don't know if you are still there, but i receive an error when i click on a newly created virtual machine.

Following error is popping up:

Error.jpg
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new question really, but try un-registering and re-registering the VM.

also try the lastest vSphere GUI
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by:RemcoVi
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Shall i make a new question then?

I have the vSphere Client 5.0 Build 455964

When i make a new VM with the name Test, it has the same problem. Cant open the Console either.....
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new question, and we can check steps etc
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