Hi, I have read that there are some hardware issues when using a 990 with ESXi 5, specifically trouble with the onboard NIC not working and also onboard DVD drive. (http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-15873)
Can anybody substantiate this? I have spec'ed up a 990 for exactly what I need but am concerned it may be a waste of money.
Is anybody running ESXi 5 on a 990?
The 990 is not validated nor is it proper for ESXi 5.
One or more Gigabit or 10Gb Ethernet controllers. For a list of supported network adapter models, see the VMware Compatibility Guide.
SCSI Adapter, Fibre Channel Adapter or Internal RAID Controller
Any combination of one or more of the following controllers:
Installation and Storage
ESXi 5.0 supports installing on and booting from the following storage systems:
Make sure your hardware is compliant by referring to the Hardware Compatibility Guide.
For additional information, see vSphere Installation and Setup 5.0.
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I was able to load Citrix XenServer version 6 on the box and it recognized the NIC without any problems :-)
sure,I got same problem , the Network can't be found .
I had try my best to find a way to use ESXi 5 u1 . Now,I give up.
Use XenServer 6.0 on my 990,It's fine
I'm able to get it on the 990, 980 and the 9010 series Optiplex just fine.
The issue is that the NIC is not on the HCL. So instead I just got the small form factor NIC that works with ESXi.