Hello vmware community,
I am wondering if you could help with this issue I am having while upgrading a system from ESXi 6.5.0 to 7.0.0.
The system boots up correctly from the installer iso, The following is presented while scanning for available devices
---- An unexpected error occurred -----
See logs for details
UnicodeDecodeError: 'utf-8' codec can't decode byte 0xca in position 1: invalid continuation byte
I am attaching a screenshot of the error and another with the actual 6,5.0 configuration.
Any guidance will be highly appreciated.
CPU E5-2430 v3 is not compatible with vSphere 7. It works on vSphere 6.5, maybe you can work in 6.7(never tested) but not vSphere 7.
Thank you @JailBreak
I have however another similar server (same server/type of CPU) installed with vmware 7, I used the boot option
For some reason this is failing. Is this error specifically related to the CPU?
Yes, AllowLegacyCPU=True should be added to bypass any CPU legacy issues.
Regarding the error itself, it complains about 'utf-8' codec can't decode I only see this a long time ago regarding ESXi 5.5, and was about bootbank issues.
Was this ESXi already upgraded from old 5.x to 6.x?
Can you post the upgrade logs for this?
Yes, this was upgraded form 5.5 to 6.5.0, I removed the content of /altbootbank and replaced (only the file that was in /altbootbank) with the one in /bootbank but got the same error.
Here the logs,
Thank you for taking the time to review this.
Hp DL 360 gen8 is not compatible with 6.7 and 7.0
Notes: This server is supported with the Last Pre-Gen9 ESXi custom image for either 6.5, 6.5 U1, 6.5 U2 or 6.5 U3.
Even is not supported, we can use it. I use vSphere 7 U3 in my two DL360 G7
Right, I have in fact another server with the exact CPU and brand and is working fine, not sure what is wrong with this one,
Do you think I should move the whole content from /bootbank to /altbootbank?
Are you using a vSphere standard ISO right? Not a HPE customized ISO?
The previous installation was installed with an HPE or VMware ISO?
I tried with both:
First, never install a custom HPE ISO in a non-supported server. This will bring a lot of issues, always use the VMware ISO.