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Various: How to build a decent low power VMware ESXi server based on the HP Proliant N36L Microserver and the HP P410 RAID controller Part 2

Posted March 15th, 2011 in Various and tagged , , by dirk adamsky

This part is about the installation of VMware Esxi 4.1 (vSphere) on the HP Proliant N36L Microserver with P410 Smart Array controller.
This morning I took the server to my work because they have a external usb dvd-player.
I started with the burning of the VMware ESXi 4.1 iso with HP plugs on a cd.
Then did the installation which was a breeze (10 minutes or so).
Started the server and everything seemed to work.
But unfortunately after 2 minutes I got the PSOD (purple screen of death).
wtf!!!!!

A little googling learned that the HP plugs were probably the reason of the PSOD.
I re-installed VMware ESXI 4.1 but now the regular version without HP plugs.
After that the server runs without a glitch.
Later this week I will do an update on running VM’s on the server.
My goal is to run 3 VM’s on the server:

  • Win 2003 SBS
  • Win 2003 Terminal server
  • Centos/Ubuntu server (for vpn access (openvpn))

Happy scripting/building.

Best regards,

Dirk Adamsky


3 Responses so far.

  1. Tino says:

    Remember about the Datastore size in ESXi if you want to create volumes larger than 256GB

    See my article here:

    http://forza-it.co.uk/installing-esxi-on-an-hp-microserver-part-1-windows-home-server/

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