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I don't see a hardware-compatibility list like this
for VMWare Server anywhere (at least I haven't found
The hardware compatibility list exists in the url=http://www.vmware.com/pdf/server_admin_manual.pdfVMware Server Administration Guide /url, under Host System Requirements[/i].
Thanks for pointing me to this. Unfortunately, it does not tell me on which types of hardware I will experience timing quirks, and on which I won't. I do meet the specified requirements for the host, but I (and others it seems) experience issues when running certain guest OS's.
I'd be interested in knowing the setup of anyone with an Athlon64 X2 AM2, who has run Linux with a 2.6 kernel, without any issues, and without any special kernel parameters, etc.
I had the exact same issue with my AMD X2 server:
I had to disable the ACPI \*if* I'd want my box to boot.
My fix to this was to downgrade to i686 as host OS. I run Suse 10 (Debian based..).
And by the way, 2.6.18 works best with VMware Server (I saw a few posts mentionning the most rescent versions of the Linux kernel is not that stable yet against VMware Server... I was sitting on a 2.6.20 on an AMD64 with Gentoo Linux and it was same as firecrackers :S. I had two crashes during tests.
Downgrading to a i686 distro&kernel fixed my ACPI & stability issue.
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Hmm.. this is a discouraging response. I find it questionable that VMWare lists the Athlon64 X2 as a supported processor, but does not provide a list of any specific hardware that it runs trouble-free on.
Is there anyone who can provide a 'just works' X2 configuration?
I think only ESX has a list of url=http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx_systems_guide.pdfcertified systems[/url] where a number of hw vendors have certified their systems for running VMware. I would guess that any of these would be able to run VMware Server as well without any major issues, atleast if you run a supported host OS.
When running an Athlon 64 X2 processor on a Windows (NT) host, there are a number of drivers you should ensure you have installed in order to fix various potential problems with the CPU, particularly those to do with the non-synchronization of the internal TSC's (Time Stamp Counters) on the X2 series of AMD processors. The non-synchronization of the TSC's can lead to all sorts of bizarre problems in various software, including virtualisation.
Ensure you have the following two drivers from AMD installed on the Windows Server 2003 host:
You can find more basic information on these two drivers from the following link:
Look for the "AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor Driver for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 Version (x86 and x64 exe) 188.8.131.52" and "AMD Dual-Core Optimizer" headings.
With these two drivers installed (and the disabling of Cool n' Quiet in the BIOS configuration) I have had no issues whatsoever with VMware Server on the X2 box, inclusive of Linux 2.6.x kernels.
Hope this helps!