Looking for assistance with building my 3 Node VSAN Home Lab. This discussion entry has a lot of detail to assist anyone else in the same boat as me (now or future).
Operate a home lab with ESXi 5.5U1 where the primary storage is VSAN. Requirement: 3 Hosts with at least 2 Cores and 8GB RAM, and at least one SSD and one SATA drive per host.
When I try to install ESXi 5.5 U1 on my Host (ASUS build details below), I get the message "Error loading /tools.t00 Fatal Error: 10 (Out of Resources)" during the install process. Install process is one USB Flash drive to another.
When I install ESXi 5.1 U1 on the same system, everything works perfectly. Install process is one USB Flash drive to another.
Have not tried ESXi 5.5 yet.
What have I done so far? Too many things to mention, but here is where I made some progress.
Customised the ESXi installer images to support the following (as per ESXi 5.1U, Z87-PRO, Adaptec ASR-6805E , VMware Front Experience: How to make your unsupported SATA AHCI Controller work with ESXi 5.5 and http://www.derekseaman.com/2013/08/building-haswell-esxi-server-vsan.html):
- When installing ESXi use the option "Shift-O" after ESXi installer screen and type "<space>formatwithmbr", this allows the USB Flash drive to boot the installed ESXi Hypervisor (assuming USB Legacy is enabled and the thumb drive is plugged into the USB 2.0 port, does not work with USB 3.0 ports)
- With the ESXi 5.1U1 image, this recognised the Intel I217V onboard NIC
Configured the following "Advanced" BIOS settings (F7 option):
- Reset the BIOS to factory defaults (F5 option)
- Advanced, CPU Configuration - "Intel Virtualisation Technology" ENABLED
- Boot, CSM, Boot Devices - Legacy only (UEFI disabled)
- Boot, SVM, Secure Boot - "Other OS"
What BIOS settings/configurations had no impact/weird behaviour?
- When I plug the SATA and SSD drives into the "Brown" coloured Intel SATA controller ports, ESXi cannot see the drives at all, regardless of what VIB files I add to the ISO image. So I have only had it working with the yellow ASMedia controller ports.
- I disconnected the SATA and SSD drives, disabled the Intel and ASMedia controllers. This did not help.
- I disabled the desktop hardware that has no benefit to ESXi (Advanced, Onboard Devices Configuration) - Audio, Bluetooth, On-board Wireless, Intel SATA controllers etc. This did not help.
- Thinking that Thunderbolt could be a problem, I tried to disable the Thunderbolt adapters (Advanced, Onboard Devices Configuration) and then I had problems with booting the ESXi ISO image.
- I even added this Mac Mini Thunderbolt driver http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2013/09/running-esxi-55-on-apple-mac-mini.html to the ESXi ISO image, with no success.
What do I plan to do?
- Upgrade the Z87-DELUXE Firmware (BIOS updater tool does not work, reports "Security Check Violation", will probably have to install Windows 7 to use the updater tool).
- Try installing ESXi 5.5 and then use VUM to upgrade to Update 1.
- Continue to build the entire environment with ESXi 5.1 U1 to burn-in and continue troubleshooting ESXi 5.5 U1 on a single host.
What is the ESXi Host hardware configuration?
- ASUS Z87-DELUXE-DUAL Motherboard (embedded RealTek & Intel I217V NICs, Thunderbolt adapters, "Brown" Intel and "Yellow" ASMedia SATA connectors)
- ASUS Z87-DELUXE-DUAL BIOS Information 1008 x64, EC Version MBEO-Z87-0224, ME Version 9.0.21345, Build Date 05/17/2013
- Intel Haswell i7-4770 LGA1150 Processor
- 2 x Corsair Vengeance DDR3 8GB RAM
- 1 x Corsair Force 3 240GB SSD Drive
- 1 x Western Digitial Green 2TB SATA Drive
- 2 x Corsair 32GB USB Flash Drives (one for ESXi ISO image prepped with UNetbootin - Homepage and Downloads and the other is the ESXi boot disk)
- No PCI-e adapters (using on-board storage and network controllers)
Once I get it working, I will update this thread and provide a detailed write-up at http://www.vcdx133.com/