Is it possible to install vmware esxi 6.7 on a Dell T410 server.

Berry King
Berry King used Ask the Experts™
on
I have been running vmware 5.5 esxi on a Dell T410 forever in a home lab environment.   Is it possible to in vmware 6.7 on a Dell T410 server?
Comment
Watch Question

Do more with

Expert Office
EXPERT OFFICE® is a registered trademark of EXPERTS EXCHANGE®
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
Fellow 2018
Expert of the Year 2017

Commented:
The Dell T410 is not officially on the HCL, and it's CPU is not on the supported list for ESXi 6.7.

But if you upgrade from 5.5 to 6.0, and then apply an update to 6.7, it should upgrade.
timgreen7077Exchange Engineer
Distinguished Expert 2018

Commented:
I'm running 6.7 on 4 Dell Optiplex 990 desktop computers, so I would think you should be fine though the T410 may not be officially supported for 6.7, it should still run most likely.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
Fellow 2018
Expert of the Year 2017

Commented:
6.7 will not install because of the CPU, so you will need yo upgrade to it!
Ensure you’re charging the right price for your IT

Do you wonder if your IT business is truly profitable or if you should raise your prices? Learn how to calculate your overhead burden using our free interactive tool and use it to determine the right price for your IT services. Start calculating Now!

Author

Commented:
So I have installed ESXI 6.0 on a USB drive restarted the server.  I can see all of the datastores but none of the virtual machines.  What step am I missing.  

I previously went from ESXI 4 to 5.5 using the same method, but that was a while ago and I do not remember doing anything different.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
Fellow 2018
Expert of the Year 2017

Commented:
You need to browse the datastore, and add them to the inventory.

Did you do an upgrade or new install ?

Author

Commented:
New install.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
Fellow 2018
Expert of the Year 2017

Commented:
If you did a new installation, did you have existing VMs ?

thew installation should have warned you about an existing VMFS partition, which is where the VMs are installed, and to preserve or not ?

Author

Commented:
Well the way I did it was to install 6.0 on to a flash drive.  I removed the old flash drive, installed and booted off the new flash drive with 6.0.  I used the vsphere windows client to connect to the server and I installed the new license.  I did not see any warning about preserve, did I just made my entire testing environment unusable.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
Fellow 2018
Expert of the Year 2017

Commented:
When you installed to the new flash drive, did you use an ISO to BOOT from and install ?

has the name of the datastore changed ?

if you browse the datastore can you see any VMs ?

Author

Commented:
I installed ESXI 6.0 to the flash as if the flash drive was a non removable drive.  

The datastore names have not changed.

When I browse to the datastore I can see all the VMs.
VMware and Virtualization Consultant
Fellow 2018
Expert of the Year 2017
Commented:
Ah, that's good, so right click the VMX file, and select Add to Inventory.

Author

Commented:
That work, Thank you, Sir

Author

Commented:
That work, Thank you, Sir.

What is the best way to perform an update?  I'm thinking that installing the latest version on a USB drive and then adding the VM back to the inventory may not be the best way.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
Fellow 2018
Expert of the Year 2017

Commented:
You should have performed an upgrade.

What you did was not an upgrade.

Do more with

Expert Office
Submit tech questions to Ask the Experts™ at any time to receive solutions, advice, and new ideas from leading industry professionals.

Start 7-Day Free Trial