Can get VMWare ESXi 6.0 media to find hard drive to load it on.

Hi, I was loading ESXi VMWare 6.0 on a new computer and when it gets to the choose your hard drive, it dosen't show up.  I started with an M.2 went to a SSD then a spinner drive.  Windows finds it, as does the BIOS, but ESXi  sees nothing.  This is the same media that I have used before.  The computer is a PowerSpec from MicroCenter, I'm using the onboard sata interface to connect the drives like I usually do.

Question how to rectify this.   Also, is there a place to download a newer iso for ESXi 6.0?  One with a bazillion drivers for storage and network cards?

Thanks all.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Your storage controller is NOT supported.

If you have valid licenses for ESXI 6.x, you can download all the ISOs that are required, and their versions from VMware.

otherwise you can only download the latest version 6.7 via the trial.

ESXi is designed and certified for hardware platforms, so it has a very small footprint, and hence a small pool of hardware and drivers are supported.

This has some drivers

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DanOwnerAuthor Commented:
Thanks Andrew.  I have loaded it on PowerSpec computers before with no issues.  I know that dosen't mean that it is supported.  Ill try that.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
In that case you will need to find the exact build which had support for that computer. Otherwise has some configuration changed on the motherboard.

It is possible between builds, VMware have removed support for that controller, but I've generally not heard of that.

But if you are using the same media, this cannot be the issue.

6.0 downloads only available to licensed users.
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DanOwnerAuthor Commented:
Ill try again today, ive really loaded it on maybee like 30 computers with no issue.  usually the nic's give me issue and I have to install an Intel pcie one.    I even load it on laptops so I can vmware on the fly.  I think you can download vmware from dell's site also from their support.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
OEM versions are available from OEM vendors.

But these OEM versions can sometimes be worse, and the vanilla versions are better and work better than OEM on non-certified hardware, as OEM versions can often give PSODs because of lack of hardware.

Have you tried resetting to defaults the BIOS, what is different with this PC ?

Otherwise VMware Workstation and nested ESXi is an option.
DanOwnerAuthor Commented:
thank you, I was thinking of updating the bios.  It looks like the same motherboard as the others.
DanOwnerAuthor Commented:
I just tried 6.5 from the dell site, that worked, I'm going to flash the bios and then try my 6.0 again.  they have lic for 5.5 and 6.0 not 6.5, that may be in the future for JEM.
DanOwnerAuthor Commented:
OK so Andrew was right, even with the flash update, no go with VMware 6.5, 6.5 loaded just fine.  

Thanks again Andrew.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Licenses are the same for 6.0 and 6.5.
DanOwnerAuthor Commented:
wow, so their 6.0 licence will work with 6.5 amazing thanks a ton!!!!
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Should do, because the licenses are for 6.x. (not minor version specific).

that will change when we get to 7.0.
DanOwnerAuthor Commented:
Hi, hate to bug, but is 6.7 the same lic?
DanOwnerAuthor Commented:
OK, great, thanks.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
6.X  (not minor version specific).
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