ESXi install hangs at install splash screen

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Nov 9th, 2011

I found this exact issue being described on VMware's message board below and it's referncing firmware updates.

Has anyone else seen this and what was your fix?

http://communities.vmware.com/thread/325678

I have this problem too.
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Daniel Laden Wed, 11/09/2011 - 18:59

Reviewing the VMWare case, I would review the firmware release of UCSM and CIMC.  When upgrading from 1.3 to 1.4, there was a KVM upgrade were the two KVM subsystems were incompatiable.  The KVM would show the B&W portion of the ESX boot but would 'freeze' once loaded, the KVM would not show the Y&B portion of the boot.  The host still booted but the KVM did not show it.

Once the CIMC and FI were running the same firmware package, this issue ceased.

HTH,

Dan Laden

kpate Wed, 11/09/2011 - 19:53

I don't know which firmware you are running, but I ran into an issue with USB legacy support in the BIOS that would cause ESXi to hang on boot.  It didn't do it on all the blades.....

Here is a link that discusses it..... not sure if this is what you are running into this issue or not....

The fix is to disable Legacy USB support in the BIOS.

http://terenceluk.blogspot.com/2010/11/vmware-esxi-410-stuck-at-initializing.html

Kris Pate

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