Problem installing VMWare ESXi 4.1 on Sun Fire x4450 sever
Posted on 2012-09-08
I hope someone out there can point me in the right direction. A Sun Fire x4450 server was donated to my children's school for a project that we are working on to virtualize and upgrade our infrastructure. The plan is very straight forward, install vmware 4.1esxi on the server and then setup 1 or 2 file/print/AD servers for redundancy. With every other install of VMWare ESXi 4.1 I've done on Dell and other i386 platform systems, the install only takes about 10 minutes and is simple as can be. However, on this Sun Fire x4450 box, the install hangs and sometimes even throws a pink screen of detach with the error: "Could not populate the filesystem: Boot image is corrupt". I know that the install image is fine because I've tested it on a different box. The LSI raid controller on the system is SAS1068 with an MPT Firmware version of 1.22.01.00 - IR. I've tried varying configurations and also confirmed that the Virtual Technology setting in the system Bios is enabled.
Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated as I'd hate to not be able to use this donated system.
Thanks in advance,