Archive for April, 2009

VMWare ESXi working on a Dell Optiplex GX280

April 13, 2009 1 comment

It is pretty easy to get VMWare ESX installable working on a GX280. Boot from a CD burned from the ISO, and hit tab at the first prompt.

Add  nocheckCPUIDlimit  as a boot option. Here is the whole string:

mboot.c32 vmkernel.gz nocheckCPUIDlimit — binmod.tgz — ienviron.tgz — cim.tgz — oem.tgz — license.tgz — install.tgz

Proceed with the install.

When the system reboots, you will get an error message about the CPUID. The boot option needs to be changed again on the installed system.

Boot from a linux livecd (I used Ubuntu 8.04 desktop), and navigate to the “HYPERVISOR1” partition. Edit boot.txt

Add the boot option there are well:


Reboot and it should start right up.

Then connect to the server with VMWare Infrastructure Client

Click on the server name, then the Configuration tab, and advanced settings.

Click on VMKernel and uncheck the VMKernel.Boot.checkCPUIDlimt checkbox, and hit OK.

Now you can reboot it in the future without problems.

Categories: linux, ubuntu, VMWare