installing ESXi 5.1 on a Dell Poweredge 2650
Posted on 2014-04-29
I'm trying to create install ESXi on an older server, to use as a dev/backup member of my Disaster Recovery cluster. The server is a Dell Poweredge 2650, with five 63 GB drives, controlled by a Perc 3/d raid controller. (I know, it's an old server!) I've tried many different Raid configs, but no matter what I try, when booting from the ESXi install CD, I get through the preliminary auto-installation tasks (eg. "Loading /tboot.b00", "Loading /tools.t00"), the status bar shows 100%, and the screen rolls over to a blank screen, with a blinking cursur. CTRL+ALT+DEL won't do anything; I have to hard shut down and start afresh. It seems that nothing gets installed.
Like I said, I've tried numerous disk configs, but nothing seems to accept the ESXi install. Any tips or suggestions?