kong10
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ESX 4.0 Fails Dell R710

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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?

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christianZ
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As suggested try another dvd writer and another software - I'm thinking also your dvd is damaged.

Reg

Christian

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kong10
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Well 3.5 U4 installs fine...i guess that is why we roll out N-1.

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Rumple
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Have you checked the firmware on the server to see if that helps?

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kong10
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Firmware is current 1.2.6

i downloaded the ISO twice, burnt to DVD's...unless the distribution is bad.

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krowczynski
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Have you checked out, if all of the controllers you have build in your server are fully supported bym vmware?

MCP, VCP3 , VCP4
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pramodupadhyay5
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installation of esx4 on SATA harddisk is in experimental mode...and i think ur SATA controller is not supporting the ESX installation..

For more help read this thread

http://communities.vmware.com/thread/227864

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kong10
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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

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AndreTheGiant
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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.

Andre

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krowczynski
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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.

MCP, VCP3 , VCP4
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kong10
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Had you install onto R710's with SATA?

I have no DRAC card.

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AndreTheGiant
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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.

Andre

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mcowger
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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.






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kong10
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""On SAS disk... but it doesn't matter, if you are using the SAS6/i or PERC6/i controller."

Yes, i have

SAS6/iR, Integrated Controller Card

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kong10
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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.

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mudha
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to rule out dvd issue try the same dvd and install it on any other server and if you are able to see same thning then dvd issue, burn one more dvd and check md5sum

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kong10
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If the VMWare HCL states 1.0.2 for BIOS, do we think running BIOS 1.2.6 (current) would be an issue. I am thinking not.

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christianZ
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As suggested try another dvd writer and another software - I'm thinking also your dvd is damaged.

Reg

Christian

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kong10
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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,.

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kong10
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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 ...

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christianZ
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Nothing to sorry - that's IT-life. Welcome in vSphere club.

Reg

Christian

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