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 +====== Install VMware ESXi 4.x on a Dell !OptiPlex 980 ======
 +===== Background =====
 +Initially, I thought that the storage controller was not supported. ​ I realized later that it was the unsupported NIC chipset that was the culprit. ​ I was having trouble finding detailed instructions on how to build a custom install. ​ After installing ESXi to a flash drive on one system and booting it on the 980, this is the workaround I came up with.
 +
 +  - Placed a drive from the 980 into a 620
 +  - Installed ESXi 4.x to the drive
 +  - Placed the drive back in the 980
 +You now have it installed, but with no network support.
 +  - Boot to a Linux live CD
 +  - Copy the essential files and make the necessary edits
 +  - Reboot to the drive and configure as normal
 +http://​www.vm-help.com/​forum/​download/​file.php?​id''​353&​sid''​3e10a09e7d7386730d913a67a9d268ca
 +
 +In the oem.tgz I've modified the etc/​vmware/​simple.map to include the line:
 +<​file>​
 +8086:10ef 3041:103c network e1000e
 +</​file>​
 +and modified the etc/​vmare/​pci.ids to include the lines (under the Intel Corp section):
 +<​file>​
 +      -0ef  82578DM Gigabit Network Connection (SCI to e1000e)
 +                3041 103c  HP Compaq Elite (SCI to e1000e)
 +</​file>​
 +
 +==== References ====
 +http://​communities.vmware.com/​message/​1549883
 +
 +http://​www.vm-help.com/​forum/​viewtopic.php?​f''​13&​t''​2263&​p''​7252#​p7252
 +
 +http://​www.vm-help.com/​forum/​viewtopic.php?​f''​12&​t''​1735&​start''​10
 +
 +http://​www.vm-help.com/​forum/​viewtopic.php?​f''​17&​t''​4
 +
 +http://​www.vm-help.com/​forum/​viewtopic.php?​f''​12&​t''​2194
 +
 +http://​www.vm-help.com/​esx40i/​ESXi_USB_install.php
 +
 +http://​www.vm-help.com/​esx/​esx3i/​find_PCI_ID.php
 +
 +http://​communities.vmware.com/​thread/​277183;​jsessionid''​B34BFD8181641BBD796418D92E93A488?​start''​0&​amp;​tstart''​0
 +
 +-- Main.FredPettis - 2010-07-23
  
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