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    ESXi 5.1U, Z87-PRO, Adaptec ASR-6805E

    mapd07 Novice

      Hello,

       

      I am posting this to help somebody else to set up an ESXi Server with following hardware:

       

      - Intel i7-4770

      - Asus Z87-PRO

      - Adaptec-6805E

       

      To use on board I217-V Network Card and This particular RAID card, customized ISO will have to be created.

      When installing, add "formatwithmbr" to the end of the command. Also, disable UEFI.

      I will attach drivers to this post. Please feel free to drop me a message if you have any questions.

       

      Cheers.

        • 1. Re: ESXi 5.1U, Z87-PRO, Adaptec ASR-6805E
          curiouscat Lurker

          Hi mapd07

           

          Thank you for your post, I have some queries how I can get ESXi 5.1U running on my PC:

           

          - Intel i5-4770 Haswell CPU

          - Asus Z87-PRO Motherboard

            with I217-V Intel NIC which isn't recognised

           

          Can you please provide detailed instructions on how to create a customized VMWare ESXi 5.1U ISO?

           

          How can I disable UEFI? How do I use the drivers you have attached to your previous post?

           

          Thank you very much, any help would be greatly appreciated.

          • 2. Re: ESXi 5.1U, Z87-PRO, Adaptec ASR-6805E
            mapd07 Novice

            Hello curiouscat,

             

            For creating a custom ISO, the simplest way is to use ESXi-Customizer.

            Just download an ISO for the ESXi 5.1U and all of the files that I attached to the original post. I would Create a folder on your computer to keep it all together.

            It also makes it easier to works with and clean up after you are done. Start up the ESXi-Customizer and select the ISO that you want to use, select the

            igb-4.2.16.3-offline_bundle-1138313.zip and lastly the destination for the new ISO file. Once this is complete, delete the original ESXi 5U file. Now rename the created ISO to ESXi5U.iso.

            (you can pick anything you want of course.) After you have re-named the file, start the ESXi-Customizer again and this time select the ISO file you just renamed. Then for the driver, select

            net-e1000e-2.3.2.x86_64.vib. This was one of the drivers I attached. Now, create the ISO again. As you did not mention anything about RAID, you will not need to add the last driver.

            You should be OK with the ISO and can burn that to the CD.

            Next you have to disable all of the UEFI to Legacy.

             

            In BIOS,

            1) go into Advanced mode, under Boot, Find "Secure Boot" and Set it to Other OS.

            2) find CSM (Compadibility Support Module), set it to Enabled.

             

            Save your BIOS and reboot.

             

            Now the last thing, this important, when you first boot from the CD that you just created and you get the Installer menu. make sure that you have the Install ESXi selected and press

            a Tab key on your keyboard. You should see a command appearing and you should be able to edit this. All you really have to do is to move to the end of that line, hit space and add: formatwithmdr

             

            This should do it. If you have any problems or questions, feel free to ask.

            • 3. Re: ESXi 5.1U, Z87-PRO, Adaptec ASR-6805E
              beshkenadze Novice

              Hi!

              I have a z87-deluxe, drivers work fine, but the system does not see the hard drive was (SATA ssd and hdd).

              Do you have a solution to this problem?

              • 4. Re: ESXi 5.1U, Z87-PRO, Adaptec ASR-6805E
                mapd07 Novice

                Hello beshkenadze,

                 

                Were you installing the latest version for ESXi are you installing?

                Did you try both Intel and ASMedia SATA ports on your MB?

                Have you updated your BIOS to the latest version available from ASUS web-site?

                Also, try changing SATA Mode Selection in the BIOS.

                 

                The reason why I think it should work is that while I have the main datastore with RAID 10, my boot drive with ESXi is

                smaller laptop SATA drive.

                 

                Let me know how it works out.

                • 5. Re: ESXi 5.1U, Z87-PRO, Adaptec ASR-6805E
                  beshkenadze Novice

                  I have VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.1.0.update01-1065491.x86_64 version.

                  I use only brown ports, not yellow (maybe i should switch to yellow?).

                  Yes, i update asus bios couple week ago.

                  I try chage AHCI mode to IDE, no effect.

                  • 6. Re: ESXi 5.1U, Z87-PRO, Adaptec ASR-6805E
                    beshkenadze Novice

                    btw, you're tried passthrough usb & pci (vga)?

                    • 7. Re: ESXi 5.1U, Z87-PRO, Adaptec ASR-6805E
                      mapd07 Novice

                      I am using passthrough for the USB for the UPS. One one the virtual machines on that setup shuts down all the other machines in case of the power failure.

                       

                      Are both hard drive connected? Since there are 4 brown ports, try the other two. If that doesn't work, try the yellow ones.

                      You should also be able to see the drives listed in the BIOS. Do they show up?

                      • 8. Re: ESXi 5.1U, Z87-PRO, Adaptec ASR-6805E
                        beshkenadze Novice

                        I try use yellow ports ant they show up in bios and esxi see devices, thanks for your help.

                        Now I will try to passthrough VGA and USB.

                        • 9. Re: ESXi 5.1U, Z87-PRO, Adaptec ASR-6805E
                          mapd07 Novice

                          I am glad that it got figured out. I am still surprised that the Brown ports did not work.

                          It almost seems that they might be disabled or something for some reason.

                           

                          When you feel like playing around with the setting some more, you can reset

                          the BIOS settings back to the default. That might get those ports working.

                          • 10. Re: ESXi 5.1U, Z87-PRO, Adaptec ASR-6805E
                            beshkenadze Novice

                            I've done many times, nothing changed.

                            btw at the asus z87-deluxe no support Vt-d, say goodbye passthrough GPU.

                            • 11. Re: ESXi 5.1U, Z87-PRO, Adaptec ASR-6805E
                              mapd07 Novice

                              What CPU do you have?

                              • 12. Re: ESXi 5.1U, Z87-PRO, Adaptec ASR-6805E
                                beshkenadze Novice

                                I have found that my CPU (Core i7 4770k) does not support Vt-d.

                                • 13. Re: ESXi 5.1U, Z87-PRO, Adaptec ASR-6805E
                                  mapd07 Novice

                                  Yes, for some reason that function is not available on the K series. That is unfortunate.

                                  If installing ESXi was your primary goal, maybe can sell 4770K and buy regular i7-4770.

                                  Of course you would be giving up any kind of overclocking in that case.

                                  • 14. Re: ESXi 5.1U, Z87-PRO, Adaptec ASR-6805E
                                    chchenss Lurker

                                    Hi,Mapd07

                                    I have a motherboard with onboard intel RAID controller, I'v configured a RAID 0 in "intel rapid storage - option rom" but ESXi installation wizard shows the physical disks only not RIAD volume. and RAID is not working after installation.

                                    How can I use this RAID card in VMware ESXi?

                                     

                                    My PC:

                                    Intel E3-1230V3

                                    Asrcok Fatal1ty H87 Performance

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