Okay, I have been reading all the forums trying to understand the scale of my problem and I have pretty much drove straight into a brickwall. I am currently building a whitebox unit that will be used for demonstration purposes for clients.
The motherboard is an ASUS DSBF-D12/SAS that has 2xPCI-X, 2xPCIe (x8) and 1xPCIe (x16) with an onboard LSI 1068 SAS controller. The SAS controller has been disabled as I have installed a LSI Logic 320-2E controller as I have the standard 68-PIN U320 hard drives. The motherboard is also equipped with dual-Intel 82563 gigabit adapters. In addition to what is included on the board I also have 2 Intel Pro 1000PT Quad port PCIe adapters and 2 Intel Pro 1000MT Quad port PCI-X adapters.
The issue that I am experiencing is that when I try to do a fresh install of the ESX 3.01 with all cards installed the VMKernel is not accessible and I get about 8 errors on the login screen that says that the VMKernel is not able to find a suitable MAC address and performance would be degradated (not exact verbiage). I then proceed with applying the patches starting with ESX-2158032, ESX-1410076 and ESX-1006511. After I apply the first two some of the original errors start going away and after I install ESX-1006511 ALL VMware related services start to take forever to start and stop.
I originally thought it to be a problem with IRQ address so I did another fresh install of ESX 3.01 with only the LSI Login 320-2E card installed and the onboard Intel Pro 1000 NICs and everything is fine including starting and stopping any VMware related services. The moment that I add any of the Intel Pro 1000PT PCIe cards all VMware related services start acting up again.
One thing that I am noticing as I am adding the PCIe cards versus installing the ESX 3.01 with the cards already installed is that as I add the PCIe cards the BUS# and DEV# changes for the LSI Logic 320-2E. If anyone has experienced this issue and knows of a way to resolve this would be most appreciated.