Downloaded ESXi 4.1 iso, burned to a CD, booted CD, go through screens, hit F11 to install. Immediately get the following error:
Installation operation failed!
The installation operation has encountered a fatal error:
Unable to find system image to install. This is due to the image not being mounted correctly or the CD-ROM not being supported.
The hardware is a homebuilt system with Intel DQ35JO board, latest BIOS, Intel E6850 CPU, 8GB RAM, 2 SATA drives. I know this is not on the compatible list but is a "whitebox". I've installed ESXi 3.5 on it in the past and gotten it up and running, and I've seen other success stories with this board/CPU. Yes I enabled virtualization mode in the BIOS and powered down/up.
Here's what I've tried:
-- Redownload VMware-VMvisor-Installer-4.1.0-260247.x86_64.iso to make sure it wasn't corrupt (2 copies compared perfectly)
-- Tried a different CDROM drive (IDE)
-- Created a bootable USB stick using uNetBootin 4.7.1 and booted from it
-- Switched SATA setting in BIOS from AHCI to IDE
I keep getting the exact same error. I've searched here and everywhere and find no reference to this error.
Help -- what do you all suggest for my next step?
If it was an installer problem everyone would have the same issue. Or everyone with a 2950 would have the problem or or or . . . .
a PowerEdge 2950 g2 is a Gen 2 ( sorry G2 is what the Dell support refer to it as)...
Interesting bit of slang from Dell, considering that they don't list a "G2" or "Gen anything" if you try to look for a manual or driver on their website.
...had ESX 4.1 installed on it a few months ago ( when it was released) and I wiped the box when it came out of production...
Was the box upgraded to 4.1 from an earlier version? From mine and other posts, it's possible to upgrade to 4.1 or use alternate media to get a 4.1 installation to a machine that won't directly install 4.1 clean.
I'm not saying there wasn't a change in the installer, which we obviously all confirmed. Just that even my tests show differences between optical drives or controller that the optical drive is connected to that 4.1's installer can't handle. ESX's installer has always been picky about hardware, so a firmware update seems a highly probably issue. Every call I make to HP tech support, I'm always asked to update the firmware even if "it was working fine before." So it's not much of a stretch for me to consider the same for ESX & Dell. Again, not saying that it's not an installer issue, but since a PowerEdge 2950 is listed in the compatibility list and not a PowerEdge 2950 "G2", perhaps you have slightly different firmware (in whatever hardware) than what VMware tested.
I'm having this same problem with my HP ML330 G6 on the most recent BIOS. I actually opened a case with HP since I'm using thier ESXi ISO and their website specifically says this version is compatable (with no caveats). I did try to install 4.0 ESXi which worked for the install of ESXi but then creating a Guest VM it said I had no installed drives for CD/DVD. USB CD/DVD drive works all around but I shouldn't have to resort to that if this server is supported 100%.
I have the exact same problem on a new ML350 G6 E5620 server. The VMware 4.1 iso runs but then claims it cannot find the system image.
I downloaded the lastest 'customized' .iso from hp (4.1_Dec_2010_ESXi_HD_USB_SD_Image_Installer_583772_009), burned it to a CD, booted with that locally in the ML350, and it still had the same problem.
So, I used the Virtual Media feature on the ILO2 interface to connect the local CD on my Dell workstation to the ML350, booted from the same CD that way and the installation completed. (The ILO must be upgraded for the Virtual Media feature to work.)
This is definitely caused by VMware's handling (or mishandling) of the CD-ROM/DVD drive. But I have no way of knowing if the hardware mfgs are straying off spec, or VMware's driver is not broad enough.
iptman: If you get an answer from hp on this I would appreciate knowing about it.
Solution to installing ESXi 4.1 from a locally mounted CD - on a system that was quite happy to install 4.0 - the 4.1 installation failing with;
Unable to find the system image to install. This is due to the image not being mounted correctly or the CD-ROM not being supported.
It seemed logical to first look at the DVD RW itself so I upgraded the firmware on the Samsung SH-S223C, which was only a year old - and it worked .
DVD RW on ICH10R in compatibility mode
RAID 5 array on Adaptec 3405 v5.2.0
Hope this helps
Replying to myself after more than a year...wheee
To install ESXi from a bootable USB flash drive you need to edit syslinux.cfg. What you do is add "askmedia" to the end of the append line. I just duplicated the standard install label and used it from the boot menu. Mine looks like this:
Verified working on HP DL380 G7 :smileycool:
I just tried this with the DP35DP and USB boot does not work. Install to SATA HD does.
I am running must current Intel Bios.
Any idea what's going on here?
Might there be an update in the works??