VMware ESXi 6.5 stuck at "Initializing IOV..."

Hi all,

The hardware is a home lab HP Proliant ML110 G7.

A little Googling seems to suggest that I need to turn off VT-d, but that's not something I want to do, is it?

Thanks in advance.
Go-BruinsAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you have the option to disable in the BIOS disable it. (that is  VT-d). (this supports VMdirect Path, PCI Passthrough)

That is different to Intel VT-x which is required to be enabled ESXi will not install/run without Intel VT-x

The server is not certified for use with ESXi 6.5.

see here

https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?deviceCategory=server&details=1&partner=41&keyword=ML11&page=1&display_interval=10&sortColumn=Partner&sortOrder=Asc
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Go-BruinsAuthor Commented:
Ok, I will disable.

Just so I understand, VT-d controls the ability for one of the guest VM's to take control of a USB port, video card, etc.?

Isn't that something I want, if only for home lab testing purposes?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Just so I understand, VT-d controls the ability for one of the guest VM's to take control of a USB port, video card, etc.?

it provides the ability for you to add a supported PCI card to a VM.
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Go-BruinsAuthor Commented:
Thank you again, Andrew.
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