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Hello Everyone!

First before anyone yells at me and tells me how stupid this is, I have the machine laying around doing nothing and it had an Intel CORE i3-2367M and is a dual core dual threaded CPU, this is adequate for the server's I'm running. It will accept 16GB of ram and only draws 65w max. So for a low power solution with a built in monitor, KB, and mouse it makes for a nice package.

My issue is it won't let me install the software. I forget the error off the top of my head but i will attach a .jpg this afternoon. I've done some looking around and it doesn't seem like anyone is doing this so i cant find references to actually get the software installed.

Also all the data will be stored on my FreeNAS box via iSCSI, this i see the LAN adapter on the netbook being the only drawback, but i really don't have a lot going on, most of the time the servers are just idle. I plan on getting a Dell C1100 eventually but for the time being i'm looking to migrate from a 130w server to this with hosting the VM's and data on a FreeNAS box.
 
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post #2 of 8
I wouldn't imagine your NIC is supported, likely some other degree of 'unsupportedness' for chipset etc as well.

As always, the specific error would be most helpful.
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ESXi is pretty hardware specific isn't it? i bet it doesn't even run on some server hardware. does ESXi provide VMs bare metal/direct hardware access?
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I bet your problem is hardware that is not supported by ESXi, which is quite common when dealing with consumer level gear.

I'd suggest using a different hypervisor, such as Hyper-V (on Windows Server 2012), Xen, or KVM.
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Originally Posted by tycoonbob View Post

I bet your problem is hardware that is not supported by ESXi, which is quite common when dealing with consumer level gear.

I'd suggest using a different hypervisor, such as Hyper-V (on Windows Server 2012), Xen, or KVM.

does server 2008 R2 have Hyper-V?
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I would be quite disappointed to find out it's just hardware that is the issue. As i've been able to run it on my Abit IP35 Pro 775 motherboard for years now. I've just never had issues with hardware except for a NIC once.

I may look into other hypervisors but i think that may be my breaking point to just shell out now for the C1100 so i can run ESXi as i've run it personally for years and managed it in a few environments almost as long as I've had it at home.
 
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Originally Posted by cdoublejj View Post

does server 2008 R2 have Hyper-V?

Yes. Hyper-V was first introduced with Windows Server 2008. 2008R2 is the earliest rendition I would use, but 2012R2 Hyper-V is fantastic.
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I would be quite disappointed to find out it's just hardware that is the issue. As i've been able to run it on my Abit IP35 Pro 775 motherboard for years now. I've just never had issues with hardware except for a NIC once.

I may look into other hypervisors but i think that may be my breaking point to just shell out now for the C1100 so i can run ESXi as i've run it personally for years and managed it in a few environments almost as long as I've had it at home.

ESXi is the most picky hypervisor when it comes to hardware. I bet the chipset in that laptop is not supported in ESXi.

On another note, do you have VT-x enabled on the laptop? Does it even support VT-x?
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i won't be getting 2012 any time soon they discontinued MS Technet.
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