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Hi Guys,

We have a VMWare Esxi server with a faulty motherboard.
We have to replace the board, but unable to find a similar model.
For example:  If we replace a Gigabyte board with an MSI board, what is the implication for the VMWare installation i.t.o. board drivers etc?

I want to prevent any damage to the installation at all costs.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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Like with all hardware for ESXi, it needs to be compatible, you have been lucky if you have managed to get ESXi working with a Gigabyte motherboard.

Often Storage Controllers and Network Controllers are the issue. e.g. no networking or no datastore, and you will have to use a compatible controller from the HCL.

Check the VMware Hardware Compatability Lists HCL here

The VMware Hardware Compatibility List is the detailed lists showing actual vendor devices that are either physically tested or are similar to the devices tested by VMware or VMware partners. Items on the list are tested with VMware products and are known to operate correctly.Devices which are not on the list may function, but will not be supported by VMware.

http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl
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I managed to get the Gigabyte motherboard replaced with the exact same model, fortunately the server is working without difficulty.

Will try to get another exact same board for "backup".
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