Trying to Install ESXi 5.0 on PE2600
Posted on 2012-04-11
I have a decomissioned Poweredge 2600 server (BIOS A14) with 6@73GB RAID 5 that i thought I would install Free ESXi 5.0 on to play around with. Am using Free ESXi 4.1 in production.
the PE2600 is not on the ESXi HCL, but I thought I would give it a try anyway.
I entered into the (Perc 4/DI) RAID config using "Ctrl M" and initialized the drives to remove the old W2K3 server, then I clicked on "Clear Data".
When I boot to the ESXi 5.0 CD (created from ISO file) it starts the installer, there is a yellow progress bar that stalls for a while at loading /s.00 then progresses a ways and stalls at loading /tool.t00 then starts again and quickly loads 2 more items before orange progress bar finishes. Then all I see is a black screen and a blinking cursor.
What have I done wrong?