Solved

ESXi Processor Compatibility

Posted on 2012-03-12
14
1,382 Views
Last Modified: 2012-03-15
Hi,

I have two Acer Aspire 5552 laptops with an AMD Athlon II X2 P320 Processor.  I can install ESXi on these two laptops without issue.  I need to purchase a further two laptops to develop my test environement.  I'm looking at the two more Acer latops that have the following processor AMD Athlon II X2 P340 Processor.

My question is, what is the likely hood of ESXi 5 not working on a p340 processor?  It works on the AMD p320 processor?

thank you for your help
0
Comment
Question by:cmatchett
  • 7
  • 4
  • 3
14 Comments
 
LVL 117

Accepted Solution

by:
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
ID: 37709670
The processors must be 64 bit and Support Intel-VT or AMD-V.

If you have ESXi running on the P320, I think it's highly likely it will run on the P340.

Only difference between the P320 and P340 is the Frequency and Clock Multiplier

See here

Comparison of P320 versus P340
http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/873/AMD_Athlon_II_Dual-Core_Mobile_P320_vs_AMD_Athlon_II_Dual-Core_Mobile_P340.html

P320
http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/K10/AMD-Athlon%20II%20Dual-Core%20Mobile%20P320%20-%20AMP320SGR22GM.html

P340
http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/K10/AMD-Athlon%20II%20Dual-Core%20Mobile%20P340%20-%20AMP340SGR22GM.html
0
 
LVL 40

Expert Comment

by:coolsport00
ID: 37709715
According to VMware's HCL: http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php, they don't even have the "Athlon" model/series listed, just the AMD Opteron CPU 'series'. If you install it on a non-supported processor, you run the risk of having issues. Since this is for test env, if you did run into issues, it obviously isn't critical, production-wise.

That being said, if you were able to install it on the 320, chances are the 340 will work, as also suggested above. I would do a couple things tho - 1. call Acer support to see their take; 2. make sure you can return the equipment for a supported CPU if it doesn't work.

~coolsport00
0
 
LVL 117
ID: 37709725
that's because the Athlon is not Server Processor, it's a Desktop Processor.
0
 
LVL 40

Expert Comment

by:coolsport00
ID: 37709732
Assumed the HCL was 'all-encompassing'...is it not?
0
 
LVL 117
ID: 37709736
We have ESXi 5.0 running on AMD N36L and AMD N40L, the only difference is clock speed.

These are neither Athlon or Opteron, but run ESXi 5.0 (not on the HCL either!), but are 64 bit lower power devices, that support AMD-V.
0
 
LVL 117
ID: 37709741
OEM vendors which populate the HCL, would never certify desktop processors/laptops/workstations for VMware Enterprise products.
0
 
LVL 40

Expert Comment

by:coolsport00
ID: 37709748
True - again, talking about $$$ IMO. For small environment...shouldn't matter, beit test or prod. Even if OEMs did, VMware prob wouldn't put it there...
0
Free Gift Card with Acronis Backup Purchase!

Backup any data in any location: local and remote systems, physical and virtual servers, private and public clouds, Macs and PCs, tablets and mobile devices, & more! For limited time only, buy any Acronis backup products and get a FREE Amazon/Best Buy gift card worth up to $200!

 

Author Comment

by:cmatchett
ID: 37710601
lots of good information, thanks.  What about Network Cards?  These laptops only have a single LAN Network card.  Do you think ESXi would detect an external LAN NIC, giving the laptops two LAN network interfaces?
0
 
LVL 117
ID: 37710612
External LAN NIC - what USB - No.

Storage Controllers and Network Interfaces are *ALWAYS* the issue with non HCL hardware.
0
 
LVL 40

Expert Comment

by:coolsport00
ID: 37710630
Agree with @hanccocka...check the HCL on NIC compatibility. That will be your main issue, if you have any.
0
 

Author Comment

by:cmatchett
ID: 37710634
how about a PCMCIA card?
0
 

Author Comment

by:cmatchett
ID: 37710643
0
 
LVL 117
ID: 37710645
NO!

Intel or Broadcom NICs are mostly supported.
0
 
LVL 117
ID: 37710652
PCMCIA - very unlikely, as there is no PCMCIA support services in ESXi!
0

Featured Post

Netscaler Common Configuration How To guides

If you use NetScaler you will want to see these guides. The NetScaler How To Guides show administrators how to get NetScaler up and configured by providing instructions for common scenarios and some not so common ones.

Join & Write a Comment

This is an issue that we can get adding / removing permissions in the vCSA 6.0. We can also have issues searching for users / groups in the AD (using your identify sources). This is how one of the ways to handle this issues and fix it.
Is your company's data protection keeping pace with virtualization? Here are 7 dynamic ways to adapt to rapid breakthroughs in technology.
This video shows you how easy it is to boot from ISO images for virtual machines with the ISO images stored on a local datastore on the ESXi host.
How to install and configure Citrix XenApp 6.5 - Part 1. In this video tutorial we have explained step by step installation of Citrix XenApp 6.5 Server on Windows Server 2008 R2 is explained in this video. We have explained the difference between…

760 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

16 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now