we purchased HP Z420 workstation and tried to install ESXi 5 on it but it returned an error and stop installaiton saying " network adaptort " are not detected.
we also tried HP servers customised esxi 5 image but it reported same problem,
is their any work around ...please let me know
broadcom netxtreme adapters are widely used and i guess their is some hope for me to get rid of this error .
Welcome to the Community,
unfortunately neither the Z420 workstation, nor the CPU and NIC are supported by ESXi. You may be able to overcome the NIC issue by replacing the current NIC with the NC360T, which is also available for this system. However there's always a risk of running into other issues (e.g. disk controller, ...) with a "white box" system. If this system is intended for testing/lab purposes this may be fine, but I would not recommend to use it in production!
Please check the HCL at http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl for supported systems and components.
I am in the same opinion that André. The system is not recommend to use it in production.
Using the vSphere ESXi Image Builder CLI to creating a custom ESXi installation image
your problem is with a network card. Try to create a custom ESXi installation image with the appropriate driver
- Please check a hardware compatibility list if your system is supported
- Download the latest ESXi compatible drivers for your NIC card and select these drivers as additional device drivers at the time of ESXi installation.