Hey everyone. I was just looking over the HCL and couldn't tell if the following NIC card was in it or not. Could someone shed some light and let me know if this one will work?
I can't believe this situation. VMWARE should put a big "warning" PNG on the front of their ESXI page about the NIC requirements. Any gigabyte motherboard built in the last 2 years with an internal nic doesn't seem to be supported.
VMware ESX(i) is a server virtualization product, so almost all server models of all major brands are recognized and supported. Haven't heard that Gigabyte is now server brand.
Microsoft Hyper-V can be installed on almost any crap since it is using windows drivers, but if you install server product on crap, it will work like a crap. AFAIK more than 90% problems with windows (excluding misconfiguration) is caused by unstable drivers.
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I agree with you that it is a server product. The quality of my hardware approaches that of server capacity and benches well with server hardware. As far as Gigabyte, every Google server I know of is using custom Gigabyte m-boards. Whether or not they are using a dedicated NIC is unknown.
Now, my custom-built I7 machine has two nics both exactly the same which can work in a bridged mode. Forget t hat, I'm just trying to use one RealTek nic. Impossible. The problem even when attempting Citrix is that it doesn't support RAID. There is a lack of mainstream support here in bare-metal virtualization on all fronts.
My goal for installing ESXI is different than most perhaps. I am doing it for redundancy and to create an environment whereas I can create backup operating systems independent of the host OS. The goal here is to prevent another disaster which happened over the weekend. I have now been working for 10+ hours to get a bm-hv working from multiple vendors on standard hardware that is sold to millions of customers. No success because I am using RAID and have a standard Gigabit NIC.
I agree with you that Hyper-V is lackluster. I tried that first. How is it bare metal if I have to load Windows Server (even the core?) to use it. I am not impressed at all. I run a Windows network but wanted to install Ubuntu and get a static IP and up my bandwidth to port a popular website to my home office network without having a rack mounted server setup next to my refrigerator. Unfortunately its just not going to be possible to use a hypervisor. I'd have more luck running a host OS, installing Windows Home Server (eek...) for backups on VMWare Workstation. What a concondrum this is.
The reason for this is cost and principle alone. I simply cant and shouldnt have to afford to buy more NICs or abandon RAID just so these products will work. I am disappointed but we are in the early stages, they need to eliminate the concept of an HCL and go universal as soon as possible.
There are many reported working configurations even with integrated NICs, but unfortunately you got one that is not going to work.
Take a look at this forum: http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/general/cshwsw
There are also some places on the web with such configurations.
VMware vExpert '2009