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1. I would assume that a low profile card is shipped with a full size bracket, in addition to the low form factor one, which can be put onto the card by undoing two screws. Please do check this by ringing up the pre-sales line for the vendor or by sending an e-mail to manufacturer .Remember that these cards may not come with the sata data/power cables and the Promise SATA300 TX2plus only has two sata ports so you can only connect two sata disks to it! Is this enough?
2. If you get the Promise SATA300 TX2plus card, then according to all the user reports on the hcl site, you shouldn't have any trouble in having your disks detected and you will not need to do any hacks to get ESXi installed.
Also, I can't actually recommend a product to you since I have not used the product and my opinion would be based on what I've read online. Its best if you speak to the two or three people on Dave's HCL List and ask them questions about the card before making your purchase. I.e. get the manufacturer's part number for the card they've got and make sure it matches the one you are buying to ensure success.
hi, can you verify if you got esx-i running on a promise sata 300 tx2 plus? thanks!
is it working with this controller?
I have the same Motherbord with AMD Athlon X2 4850e CPU and I try to install ESX 3.5.0 on it.
It would be fine to know somebody got it working!
Thank You very mouch
Thank you for a nice guide, I followed it, and was able to install esxi on my Asus Crosshair motherboard. I am using the internal NIC´s and SATA controller. I used your oem.tgz file for both the install disc and the dd image file.
I have one problem. When a guest os comes under very heavy load (i use it for bittorrent on a 100mbit connection) it looses connection to the datastore, and I have to reboot the host to get the datastore back. It happens after approx 20 min of heavy load. I tried with XP, Ubuntu and Red Hat, so I think it might be a hardware problem. When the guest os is not under load, I dont seem to have any problems at all.
I was wondering if you have experienced something similar with the Asus Crosshair motherboard.
Do you set any special bios settings to make it work ? I have updated the bios to the newest version, but no change, heavy load disconnects the datastore after a while.
Do you have any idea what the problem might be ?
Thanks in advance
Have you installed VMware Tools in your VM? Also what's the specific Crosshair MB that you're using?
Yes, it is working.
I didn't have this problem with my setup but I've not put it under really heavy I/O load in the guest machines. Since the creation of this thread, I've reused that Crosshair mb machine as a temporary desktop replacement and when I re-install ESX 3i on that box, I'll try to simulate some heavy I/O load and come back and post my results.
It may be a week from now before I get a chance to do this.
I installed ESXi using another motherboard and that solved my problem. I think the MCP55 sata controller has problems with ESXi. The new motherboard I am using has a MCP51 controller and it works great.
Will your fix work with ATI SB700/SB800 controller and sata Disc