VMWare ESXi

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Description

ESXi is a virtualization platform that installs and runs on the server to be virtualized. It is also known as "VMware vSphere® Hypervisor"

  • More info at: [1]
  • Free Download: [2]
  • Tested version: VMWare ESXi 5.5.0 B1331820

Drivers

Component Name Driver
Audio N/A N/A
Video N/A SNAP: Select SNAP during eComStation install.
USB USB Controller 2.0/1.0 Not Tested
Parallel Port N/A Not Tested
Serial Port N/A Not Tested
Networks PCNET FASTIII.
PCNET PCI II
Intel PRO1000MT.
PCnet-FAST III on eComStation Installer
Tools and additions pack for eCS client N/A There is no mouse integration available
Shared Folders N/A Not Supported.

USB

If on the virtual machine you enable USB 1.x/2.x support, on the eComStation installation procedure it will recognice one EHCI port and one UHCI port.

Further testing needed.

Power

Mensys ACPI driver can shutdown the virtual machine without any problems.

Network

On the installation the default ESXi network driver gets recognized as "AMD PCnet Ethernet Family Adapter". It works without problems.

Installation Procedure

eComStation 2.1

eComStation boots and install correctly on ESXi.

Once you create the virtual machine the OS installation is very straight forward like installing other OSes on ESXi. Remember that to install and create a Virtual Machine you need to use VMWare vSphere client under Windows.

There was nothing special on the custom eCS instal boot, I just added ACPI support to test multiple cores.

Screenshots

eComStation 2.1 running on ESXi 5.5 Server.

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