ESXi 6.0 has a fickle installer
Decompressed MD5: 00000000000000000000000000000000
Fatal Error: 10 (Out of Resources)
The only useful mention I could find online was on Elgwhoppo.com which discusses ESXi’s dislike of NVidia graphics cards. I was, in fact, running an passive NVidia unit – however the “MMCFG Base” solution didn’t work for me (didn’t have that option in my BIOS). Every option in the BIOS that I think might have an effect, I tried changing. No dice. I started swapping out and changing hardware, including changing the graphics card for a GTX 670 out of my gaming computer. Yes, it’s still NVidia (that’s all I have), but I had some hope it’d work – no dice.
Eventually I came up with the idea of body swapping and ended up with what you see pictured in the paragraph above. After 4 different donor hosts, I determined that my gaming machine would actually install ESXi (using a hard drive from my server), which is exactly what I did. While ESXi isn’t based on Unix/Linux exactly I hoped it was similar enough to Linux that it would take a bodyswap. After an install and swap, you can see from the image right that my guess was right. ESXi wouldn’t install on the Z9PE-D8 WS motherboard, but it would run just fine.
Let’s just hope I never have to re-install…