Hi, just thought I would let people know that I got ESX 3.5 working on some cheap hardware with SATA.
E2160 (no VT - 64bit guests, only found out after purchase) clocked to 3.0Ghz $94au
Gigabyte P35-DS3 $131au
4GB 800 RAM $102au
128MB 7300 Video Card $29au
SATA HDD - allredy had lying around
Intel 10/100 nic (NEED DUE TO REALTEK ON BOARD NOT SUPPORTED BY ESX) - allready had lying around
So for $356 Australian Dollars I have a ESX server.
Here is the wierd stuff, I had to use a USB DVD/CD rom, if I used a IDE it would say no storage found. Also I had to use esx text mode for the install, with no PS2 mouse connected. I am using the orange SATA0 port for the HDD. You must set the SATA in the BIOS to ACHI and RAID/IDE, try the install it will fail, reset the ACHI back to what it was and try the install again. Also my Silicom PCI SATA (addon card) was reconised only once ESX was installled, I could not install to it. I think this is how I got it to work, I have only installed it twice so far, once I get the final release of 3.5 I will try again.
Hope someone finds this interesting for a home setup
Here is what i want to know:
Boot up the 3.5 CD, sees my SATA drive, install to it. Reboot, and i get the whole "Mounting root failed"
So not supported right? well if i boot into the recovery console option it boots like a champ. Debug mode doesn't work also. I am thinking the damn kernel image is missing the SATA drivers, cause it isn't loading them. If you dmesg and look at the two diffrent boots they are VERY diffrent.
So what is up there?
Good Price, but I'm running 5 ESX Hosts, Openfiler, UDA, Lab Manager Server & VC all within WS 6 on a PC running Vista x64 & 4GB RAM , the hosts have VMs on them too, obviously this is a dev environment.
Also using the LSI LogicMegaRAID 150-4 SATA and works great on my ESX 3.0.2/HP ML110 G4 XEON Core DUO 3040 1.86GHZ, 4GB RAM. Thinking of getting (2) 500GB SATA drive and add more storage to make it 1TB. Does anyone knows the limit storage on 3.0.2? Also, how can I clock the speed to the maximum if possible?
Regarinding Openfiler, do you need a solid machine to host this or a low budget should do as i'm planning to test out the Vmotion aspect as well?
E4600 | $133au
Gigabyte GB-P35-DS3R | $139au
4GB 800 RAM | $96au
128MB 7300 Video Card | $28au
SATA HDD | $43au
Intel 10/100 nic | $20au
Case | $40au
$499 for an ESX server
like youngy100 said ; i had to also boot from an external USB DVD as it will boot from the ESX CD on the onboard IDE but will not install.
i used the same SATA port on board as well.
in BIOS i have the RAID disabled and the SATA set to IDE
i don't use an external SATA controller in the machine ; my disk is all NFS (presented from a W2k3 server running Windows Services for Unix.
big thanks to youngy100 for the post and the idea. cheap way to create your home lab ; and with 3.5 having the 60 day eval, and a rebuild taking only a short period of time, its a winner!