A couple of days ago, I got a package containing a new motherboard, a CPU and some RAM.
It was supposed to be used for an upgrade on one of my VMware ESXi servers, since I was running low on resources.
The package contained:
- Motherboard: MSI Z87-G43 (http://www.msi.com/product/mb/Z87-G43.html)
UPDATE: This motherboard has the onboard LAN controller “Realtek 8111E” and it is no longer supported in ESXi 5.5! There is a quick fix, if you already have this motherboard. I made a post about it here
- CPU: i5-4670K (http://ark.intel.com/products/75048/)
- RAM: Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz, 8Gb * 2(16GB total) (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104173)
So, everything looked fine, and I was excited since this was actually my first build with a haswell (4th generation i5) CPU!
Before I ordered the hardware, I googled around to find some answers on Z87 ESXi compatibility, but was not able to find anything, so I was at the same time kind of nervous..
I took out the old parts from the server, and put in the new motherboard, CPU and memory and booted it up into bios.
i then set some settings i wanted (boot order, fan control and so on) and rebooted the server onto the VMware ESXi 5.1-update1 installer I just had burned to a CD only to discover that something was horribly wrong.