ESXi 6.5 fails to install on Virtualbox

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ESXi 6.5 fails to install on Virtualbox

Postby richmaclannan » 10. Jan 2017, 19:30

Hello!

Recently, I tried to install ESXi 6.5 on Virtualbox using 2 different methods:

- Direct install using the ESXi 6.5 ISO
- Install from ESXi 6.0 ISO and then upgrade to ESXi 6.5 (using offline bundle).

In both cases, Virtualbox PSODs with the following error (the PSOD screenshot is attached):

PCPU 0: no heartbeat (3/3 IPIs received)
ESXinVM cr0=0x8001003d cr2=0x430000ee6000 cr3=0x800c4000 cr4=0x12c


Any ideas? I've tried

- changing the network adapter type to Virtualbox's Intel Server
- setting the OS to RedHat 64 bit

but with no luck.

Thanks for any help received.
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Re: ESXi 6.5 fails to install on Virtualbox

Postby socratis » 10. Jan 2017, 20:06

Wikipedia wrote:VMware ESXi (formerly ESX) is an enterprise-class, type-1 hypervisor

Nested virtualization is not supported.
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Re: ESXi 6.5 fails to install on Virtualbox

Postby richmaclannan » 9. Feb 2017, 12:45

socratis wrote:Nested virtualization is not supported.


Granted. But it worked on ESXi 6.0, despite still being unsupported. And there are lots of people using ESXi 6.0 in an unsupported fashion.

Thus, if anyone has been able to get this unsupported hypervisor (ESXi 6.5) working within Virtualbox, I'd be interested to hear from you.

(Note that I'm clearly not running anything Enterprise-grade on my 16GB laptop; I need this for offline proof-of-concept work.)
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Re: ESXi 6.5 fails to install on Virtualbox

Postby Team_Player » 15. Feb 2017, 21:39

Good evening Richmaclannan,

I have just installed exsi 6.5 on virtualbox.

The storage at default setup in virtualbox creates the HDD and add it under the SATA controller. So i have just created a Fixed Drive (80GB) (Not dynamic) and added it under the IDE controller and there it goes....

Hope this helps you, because i couldn't find anything on the internet that helped.

Cheers....
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Re: ESXi 6.5 fails to install on Virtualbox

Postby rliegh » 20. Mar 2017, 05:52

I was able to install just fine, but none of the network options worked for me. I went through all of the intel cards too.
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Re: ESXi 6.5 fails to install on Virtualbox

Postby sej7278 » 31. Mar 2017, 05:35

rliegh wrote:I was able to install just fine, but none of the network options worked for me. I went through all of the intel cards too.


how did you manage that - i've not been able to get past the pink screen since virtualbox 5.

it used to run esxi 5.5 just fine until they did something in virtualbox 5

edit: forget it, got it working using kvm-qemu. i now have centos7 running on esxi 6.5a running from within kvm on a debian9 host!

edit 2: vmware player 12.5 can also run esxi
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Re: ESXi 6.5 fails to install on Virtualbox

Postby Kelvin » 28. Jul 2017, 20:53

Team_Player wrote:Good evening Richmaclannan,

I have just installed exsi 6.5 on virtualbox.

The storage at default setup in virtualbox creates the HDD and add it under the SATA controller. So i have just created a Fixed Drive (80GB) (Not dynamic) and added it under the IDE controller and there it goes....

Hope this helps you, because i couldn't find anything on the internet that helped.

Cheers....



Thanks bro, My Issues was fixed with your solution. Cheers!
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Re: ESXi 6.5 fails to install on Virtualbox

Postby vsteve » 10. Oct 2017, 09:58

Disabling USB worked for me.
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