I have 2 IBM same model servers her - 7233 6RG
Processor Sockets: 4
Processor Cores per Socket: 6
Processor Sockets: 8
Processor Cores per Socket: 3
HT if not being used on both machines.
The first information would be correct. The wrong one is using the double number of licenses.
I have no idea what's wrong. Haven't found an option in the BIOS which says "yeah I'ld resolve your problem"
both running on BIOS 1.12
I am migrating from ESX 4.0 to ESXi 4.1 atm
the one with correct numbers is ESX 4.0 - which is missing the updates released in June
I think we had the problem before but I never really realized it as there were still enough licenses
but now another host was added and the missing licenses came up
Even though there's nothing specific in IBM's release notes about BIOS version 1.15 and ESX compatibility, it may make sense to upgrade to the latest BIOS.
(Please double check that this is the correct one for your system!)
The interesting part is, VMware's HCL mentions BIOS release A3E157TUS, which is not listed on IBM's web page.
after I had telephon call with VMware Support we have solved the problem.
seems a BIOS Option caused the error.
Open up the BIOS and open up "Advanced Setup - CPU Settings" and switch the cluster setting from Logical to Physical
Boot up and everything works fine.
Confirming that on a IBM x3950 M2 (7233AC2) this fixed the issue. It was set to Logical by default.
ESX was reporting 4 sockets, 3 cores per socket. Setting that setting to Physical it now reports 2 sockets, 6 cores per socket. BIOS 1.12.