VMware ESXi 3.5 on Dell PowerEdge 1750 and 2650 Update

A Quick update. I have installed VMWare ESXi 3 on four DELL servers, and I am having nothing but trouble free operation from them. I have installed it on a PowerEdge 1750 and three Dell PowerEdge 2650’s, and they all work without any problems. The machines just run and run. I have not yet had a power outage with them, but I expect that they will come back on line without issue after an outage just like before.

I would encourage anyone with DELL PowerEdge 1750’s and 2650’s to install VMware ESXi. You might need to download the HDD driver image (Dell 1750) or update the Bios to the latest version, but apart from that things will be really easy.

It is to the point now where I almost never log into the admin console. There is simply no need to.

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2 comments on “VMware ESXi 3.5 on Dell PowerEdge 1750 and 2650 Update
  1. Jose says:

    I’m trying to install ESXi 3.5 U3 on a 1750.

    I updated to the latest BIOS (A12). I downloaded the Firmware for the HDDs and when I run it it says ‘not the target drive’

    I don’t know what else to try.

    I have the onboard LSI controller (1030 I think) When I boot from the ESXi CD it freezes for a while and then It says:

    isolinux: Disk error 20, AX=4200, drive 82
    Boot failed: press a key to retry.

    Any ideas

  2. David Bahr says:

    I took your advice by updating the bios to A12 but then i went into the bios and changed my integrated devices embedded raid controller to scsi and was able to completely ESX 3.5 give it a shot works like a charm