The server we're using (SunFire x4600 M2) is on your supported list, and has the processors that are noted.
The error I get when ESX is installed is:
0:00:01:57.163 cpu11:1047)Mod: 1413: Initialization for vmfs2 failed with -1.
This error is on the console “welcome” screen after boot, where it also tells me that I should connect to “http://0.0.0.0” to configure the system.
During boot I see:
Loading VMkernel module vmfs2 Using /usr/lib/vmware/vmkmod/vmfs2
Failed to load module 'vmfs2' : Invalid argument
This happens with either last week's ESX 3.5 Update 1, or this week's new ESX 3.5 Update 2.
The really frustrating part is that I can take the same server, in the same place, with the same cables plugged in, and install ESXi and it will boot and get an IP address and I can connect to it. With ESX, I get no IP address, and that error.
I am using DHCP, but I have to, assigning a static IP at this point is NOT an option.
The problem is that VMware releaseda bad image that time expired on August 12th 2008 which is the build number that you haveinstalled. Do you have embedded or installable ( install on a hard drive )?
create an /etc/hosts file for the static ip and reboot - that should clear it if you still have the issue. Otherwise, it may be ignored - unless you're accessing legacy storage, the VMFS2 driver is unimportant, and may even be removed or disabled.