I thought I would try out ESX 4.0 on a new server, fresh install.
2xSATA 7.2K 250GB DAS in RAID 1 configuration
a tonne of memory and cores...
I downloaded the ESX 4.0 ISO, burnt to DVD, booted off it,and installed away.
Nothing special here, i have a virtual disk of ~237GB that ESX can chew up for the install - more than enough...
However, after 4 tries, including re-downloading ISO, new DVD image and re-RAID1'ing the 2 disks, no luck.
Dell R710 are on the HCL.
Attacheded is the crash point - always the same...
Any thoughts or guru ones?
installation of esx4 on SATA harddisk is in experimental mode...and i think ur SATA controller is not supporting the ESX installation..
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i would have thought that if i successfully installed ESX 3.5 then ESX 4.0 should not be an issue?
I am going to try and upgrade from 3.5 now, if this fails then i'll dig into SATA drivers. etc
If have installed the ESX 4.0 on several R710 without problem (remember to apply as soon as possible the ESX patch for the RAID card)
Your problem seems a media problem.
If your have the iDRAC try to use it for the installation.
Even if the update works it is not supported.
So install esx 3.5 or buy an Sas Controller from dell with 2 SaS drivers then you can go to vsphere.
Had you install onto R710's with SATA?
On SAS disk... but it doesn't matter, if you are using the SAS6/i or PERC6/i controller.
Yeah, not sure why everyone is talking about HCL, etc....
ITs clearly stating that your DVD/CD is bad - redownload/reburn and you should be fine.
VCP, vExpert, Unix Geek
i have burnt the DVD twice and downloaded the ISO a couple for times.
I would think that it could be the DVD or DVD drive, however it always stops on the 54% some hostd file...
Maybe the ISO from vmware.com has issues, but i doubt it.
Well i have just gone through installation of VC4, VUM and the clients.
Tried to remmediate the ESX 3.5 -> 4.0 and it fails...it looses connection to the ESX host and that's it...nothing. i can reconnect the host again, but the remmediation just hangs.
I am now going to burn a new downloaded iso on another burner and try to bare metal install ESX 4.0.
If that does not work, it is something server and ESX4.0 related for sure,.
All of that, and it was the burner...i recut the DVD (again) but this time from another burner..she works fine...ESX 4.0 freshly installed (i can smell the paint drying).
Sorry folk ...