I'm attempting to install ESXi 5.1 update 2 on a HP Proliant DL360 Gen9 server.
2 Intel Xeon CPU E5-2640 v3 @ 2.6GHz and 128GB memory in UEFI mode
--server verified for compatibility here: http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/detail.phpdeviceCategory=server&productid=35152&vcl=true
-HP ESXi customized image vsphere 5.1 U2 Nov 2014 downloaded from here: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/products/servers/solutions.html?compURI=1499005#tab=TAB4
-Created bootable usb using Rufus2.4
-there are no network cables or external storage attached to the server
-using SAS Raid 1 mirror
-MicroSD flash card not installed
1. Turned on server and setup raid using built in HP tools
2. Restarted server and selected usb boot device
3. Screen Loading VMware ESXi launches and hangs
***Problem #1: Loading VMware ESXi hangs at Relocating modules and starting up the kernel. Looked up fix, hit shift+O and edited boot option to ignoreHeadless=TRUE. It appears to me that this is behavior of a server NOT on the VMware HCL, but I verified that.
4. Finally get to the black/yellow VMware screen where the progress bar increments all the way across
***Problem #2: Just as the progress bar is about to complete the screen flashes with 1 line of red writing (I couldn't get the text), then i'm brought back to the black/yellow screen. In the upper black portion has the server hardware information. In the bottom yellow portion has "download tools to manage this host from and a DHCP lookup failed warning. My options are <F2> Customize system/view logs and <F12> shut down/restart. This is as far as I get. It's my understanding that I don't need the network connected to complete the install of ESXi and it would surprise me if a DHCP error prevented installation.
Question: any idea what is happening here and what I need to do to get this installation done?
Screenshots: Attached are screenshots of the logs and warning
SS1: DHCP warning
SS5: mgmt. agent (hostd)
SS6: virtual center agent (vpxa)
SS7: VMware esxi observation log (vobd)
SS8: VMware esxi observation log (vobd)