4 Replies Latest reply on Oct 26, 2008 11:21 AM by bhavin78

    Low cost DIY Config For ESX 3.5

    Roger Thomas Enthusiast

      I've just built the following system and currently have ESX 3.5 deployed and running. The plan is to build a VMserver system so this

      is some what just a 'what the hell' test.


      All pricing is given in UK pounds without sales tax


          Motherboard -

      £46.39 -

      Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H, AMD 780G, S AM2

          3 core Processor -

      £87.99 -

      AMD Phenom™ X3 8650, Toliman Core, Socket AM2 + , 2.3GHz, HT 3600MHz, 3.5MB Total Cache,

          Memory -

      £83.98 -

      4 x 2GB Scan Twin DDR2 PC2-6400 (800MHz), 240 Pins, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-15

          Disk controller -

      £143.15 -

      LSI MegaRAID SATA 150-6 Kit 6 Port SATA Raid Controller PCI

          Network Card -

      ??.?? -

      3 year old PCI 1Gbit Intel card I had laying around

          Disks -

      Add any old SATA based disks you have laying around

          CD -

      Any old PATA CD Drive

          PowerSupply -

      Needs to support about 350W if you have 6 SATA drives installed.



      As for performance use the Disk controller in RAID 10 to get the best from it - it also does not like creating disk segments greater than

      2TB as they do not strip correctly across all the attached disks.



        • 1. Re: Low cost DIY Config For ESX 3.5
          sguha Lurker


          Hi Roger,



          I have similar mother board with 3 core Phenom, but I do not have the LSI Mega RAID disk controller.



          I think the installer cannot access the disk using the on board SATA controller.

          If you have any workaround please let me know. 



          I get the following error.



          Trying to install the VMware ESX Server 3i 3.5.0

          - Did not install, probably could not find the in built SATA disk driver.

            Error message shown.




            Installation operation Failed!

            The installation operation has encountered a fatal error:

            Unable to find a suppoerted device to write the VMware ESX Server

            3i 3.5.0 image to.

            The following system information will assist the

            VMware Support team with your problem. Please

            record this information before proceeding.

            System Information:

            Manufacturer: Unknow

            Model: Unknow

            Service Tag:Unkow

            BIOS rev:F3

            (Enter) Reboot










          • 2. Re: Low cost DIY Config For ESX 3.5
            vaxman Novice

            Try booting ESXi off a thumb drive and using the on-board SATA just for your local storage.

            • 3. Re: Low cost DIY Config For ESX 3.5
              Tigerstolly Enthusiast


              On my home setup i found that ESX did not recognise the onboard Marvell PATA controller so i couldn't use my old PATA CDROM.  I had borrow a SATA CDROM for the install.



              This was on a Intel P35 based board, so a little different to your AMD 780, but just a heads up.



              • 4. Re: Low cost DIY Config For ESX 3.5
                bhavin78 Enthusiast


                Any work around for using local SATA Raid controller on GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+ Mother board?