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|08-22-2014 02:21 PM|
used the esxi customizer your link provided with the vib file on that vmware forum post and I got esxi installed and working. Figured I'd post it on here for posterity.
|08-22-2014 09:32 AM|
|08-21-2014 06:03 PM|
can't get the vib file
|07-13-2014 08:04 AM|
|07-13-2014 07:42 AM|
Did some study, it showed Hyper-V is really catches up with ESXi, decided to go with Windows 2012 datacenter with Hyper-V, it recognize Raid out of box. Using 2012 makes wife happy because she will have a windows available for her all the time. With the KVM, I can also help her needs when I am at work.
|07-12-2014 06:09 PM|
|07-12-2014 03:36 PM|
The m1015 is passed over via the PCI Passthrough feature, and it seems to work great. The next step for me is to try building it into a RAID or ZFS.
Thanks for the RealVNC Viewer Plus info. I guess I was hoping I could either use the VMWare tools or TightVNC which I have already installed, but I couldn't figure out. Viewer Plus is a paid program though?
|07-12-2014 10:05 AM|
|matt21484||I have a question about the rebate.... The UPC is on a large sticker, are you guys just cutting out the single UPC barcode and sending that in or the whole sticker w/ all the other info on it?|
|07-12-2014 06:48 AM|
RAID does not work. I am doing some research to see if I just add another 3 disk to ESXi, add individually for software raid in Linux. I have had very good experience with software raid, just never used datastore for software raid.
KVM works fine, pretty strict forward. Config AMT, then use RealVNC viewer plus, it works out of box.
|07-11-2014 08:18 PM|
I also got said 16gb in the mail.. Had been busy but I'm going to set it up now.. I'll follow up.. I've built computers before but this would be my first time dealing with a server.
|07-11-2014 02:36 PM|
Couldn't be happier
My 16GB Memory kit came in yesterday so I decided to finally fire this bad boy up. To install ESXi I:
It was a lot less painful than I thought it would be and was up and running in less than half an hour. Quick note I haven't tested otherwise but if you patch the system re-install the drivers before a reboot. I think they get overwritten. To be safe I re-installed using the CLI and it indicated that other older drivers were overwritten.
I'm new to VMWare so still playing around but this server is awesome and a whole lot quieter than my 8-Core Hyper-V Host. My fault though running stock fans all around (CPU, cheap case, 4-bay HD drawer). Looks like it'll see retirement soon.
|07-11-2014 08:40 AM|
Are you planning on using ESXi? What I realized is that the drives installed into the server will be directly accessed by ESXi, not by the virtual machine. The VM will have to go through the ESXi layer, so ZFS is basically useless and you are relying on the built-in RAID.
What I plan on doing is this. I just received an IBM m1015 card, which can be reflashed to "IT" mode, which would allow individual access to the disks. I can then pass that card over to the VM, which would allow the VM direct access to the drives (hopefully allowing me to reuse my existing zpool).
So while I am trying to learn all this, so far all I have done is install ESXi on the server, and created a few virtual machines on the one drive I have installed inside the machine. I have also enabled remote KVM so I can power on and power off the machine remotely. I could use some help in figuring out how to actually use the "KVM" part so I don't have to keep plugging in my keyboard whenever I want to use the machine.
|07-11-2014 06:51 AM|
Did you tried the software RAID? Are you using RAID at all? If you don't mind, can you share your experiences?
|07-10-2014 08:45 AM|
There are a few things that need to be modified in order for this to work out of the box. Namely, the drivers for the onboard NIC need to be inserted into the iso and the install needs to be modified to allow it to install on 4GB of RAM (if you've upgraded, this isn't a problem).
First, download the ESXi iso from the vmware website: http://www.vmware.com/products/vs...ypervisor/
Second, to add the NIC drivers, I downloaded the VIB file for the NIC from the post here:
Instead of using their instructions for inserting the VIB file, I used the ESXi customizer:
Last, in order to bypass the 4GB of RAM requirement, there is a small change you need to make during installation. This guide probably is the most helpful for that as it has screenshots (it also gives you instructions on how to install the iso to a USB key if you want to go that route):
|07-09-2014 09:14 AM|
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