3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 29, 2011 10:06 PM by AlbertWT

    Install ESXi 4.1 on HP 6550b Laptop

    DonChino Enthusiast

      Well, I do not really need help but I figured I would throw this up in case someone else was wondering, so if you find my information useful then find a way to give me points or something, hahahaha...


      Anyway, I had VMware ESXi 4.1 running a DELL D830 with 8GB for like 2 years now, but today I decided to try my luck with an HP 6550b that I got my hands on. I was actually going to sell it off but I popped on the ESXi 4.1 USB drive and it booted without so much as a hiccup so now I have decided to upgrade my Home Infrastructure server to an HP although it was not planned and just happened to work, but I like the i5 CPU with 8GB while the former was a Dual Core 2 Duo.


      Not a HUGE jump but better memory and more peripherals although a waste to use it for a vSphere server but I am working on an HP Envy 17 so I am not complaining and I have to keep testing stuff on VMs so this comes in handy. Oh well, I hope someone finds this useful if they are looking to recycle laptops as DEV or TEST environments...



        • 1. Re: Install ESXi 4.1 on HP 6550b Laptop
          AlbertWT Master

          Wow, glad to hear that you can utilize this laptop as the ESXi host :-)

          may I know which feature of the ESXi that is not working or any difficulties in configuring it as ESXi server ?

          eg. no 64 bit VM support or something else ?


          thanks for your willingness to share here mate !

          • 2. Re: Install ESXi 4.1 on HP 6550b Laptop
            DonChino Enthusiast

            Dude, I am saying it works 100%.


            That means OUT OF THE BOX. No tweaking, no modifications. I took my ESXi USB drive and swapped from DELL D830 to HP 6550b without doing anything, so it can't be any easier than that, right? Plus, everything is a 64 bit CPU now, but I am running on an i5 so just have to turn ON Virtualization Technology in the BIOS which was no diferent than the D830 which is already like 2-3 years old. So no complaints here and I am running 32 and 64 but Windows and Linux machines since I have to build out test machines for work and other projects I am trying to build at home.
            Good Luck with your projects. I wish I could get points but all these POINT SYSTEMS work on answering questions and not people "paying" you for answers you give with NO QUESTION...
            • 3. Re: Install ESXi 4.1 on HP 6550b Laptop
              AlbertWT Master

              yes, that is true, this forum is unlike Symantec forum where you can get points and then you can redeem it with Amazon $15 coupon.


              but thanks for the report and sharing spirit here mate, I appreciate it.