Posted by essjae on March 3, 2016
This is definitely an edge case, but if you’ve got a bunch of old 3Ware 9650SE RAID cards laying around, they will work in ESXi 5.5. You’ll need to either create a custom ISO or add them via SSH after the install. Adding them post-install is easier for me than making another custom ISO.
I’ve set up 2 ESXi servers (old x58 chipset MBs I had laying around) to do some clustering. I picked up 5 9650SE RAID cards off of eBay for $55, including cables, and cobbled together some RAID volumes from the stacks of HDDs I had laying around.
I set up my ESXi boxes with a custom ISO I’d created previously that has the Realtec NIC, Intel NIC, and Intel SATA drivers (that’s another post, or look up ESXi-customizer). I was able to get the cards up and working with minimal issues (after I updated the firmware to the most current version…was a puzzle as a couple cards were updated and just worked, then I got stuck with some others and they wouldn’t work at all until the FW was updated)
I then replaced one of the ESXi boxes with an x79 system and could not get the RAID card to work with the existing drivers I had. Hours and multiple reboots, driver uploads, I found another driver that works from Avago (direct): http://docs.avagotech.com/docs/12349232
You can find it here: http://www.avagotech.com/ –> Support –> Support Documents and Downloads –> Legacy RAID controllers –> 3ware 9650SE-xxxx –> Search –> Driver –> VMware ESXi 5.0 Update 1 for 9650SE/9690SA
Connect to your ESXi server via SSH (you’ll need to enable this first) and use the command:
localcli software vib install -v /vmfs/volumes/datastore-name/scsi-3w-9xxx-2.27.08.036-1OEM.500.0.0.472560.x86_64.vib
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Posted by essjae on January 19, 2012
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Posted by essjae on October 24, 2011
I’ve been playing around with the new vSphere 5 Hypervisor (ESXi5) lately and I came across a few cool tricks from virtuallyghetto (http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2011/07/how-to-enable-support-for-nested-64bit.html): running x64 VMs on ESXi5 while itself is a VM under Workstation 8 and running VMs under Hyper-V server under ESXi.
Running a Hyper-V VM while Hyper-V is itself a VM under ESXi5 does work, it’s not really something you’d want to do, unless you’re masochistic. I was able to get Windows 2000 Pro
running walking as a VM successfully. The stability of ESXi seems to be greatly affected by doing this also, since my ESXi host hung at some point overnight.
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Posted by essjae on September 2, 2011
I was excited to try out the new free version of ESXi 5 today on a test system with a Core 2 Quad Q6600.
I received an ominous message that “VMWare ESXi 5.0 installs on most systems but only systems on VMWare’s compatibility Guide are supported.” I didn’t think much of it until I got to the next stage of the install and got this message:
“Error(s) <CPU_CORES ERROR: This host has  cpu core(s) which is less than recommended  cpu cores>”
“(F9) Back (F11) Reboot”
Game over? Not quite. I found a post http://communities.vmware.com/message/1082035#1082035 with an almost identical hardware config referring to the same issue for ESX 3.
Disable MAX CPUid in the BIOS, installation completed.
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