Ticket #12577 (closed defect: fixed)
ESXi no longer installs with 4.3, worked fine with 4.2
|Reported by:||jarwin-dosling||Owned by:|
|Version:||VirtualBox 4.3.6||Keywords:||ESXi no longer installs|
VirtualBox 4.3 no longer installs VMware ESXi as a guest OS. However this works wine with 4.2 I tried this in 2 OS's - in both Windows 7 running VirtualBox and Linux Mint running VirtualBox. I just downgraded Mint from 4.3 to 4.2 and now it installs. I did not try Windows 7 running 4.2, just know that 4.3 doesn't work. If you want to try it yourself, you can easily obtain the ESXi image from here: http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/driverdetails?driverid=RD5JN or also from VMware itself since it is free.
Please note: when you first try it, it looks like it works, for the first minute or so. But then it goes to a BLACK SCREEN where you cannot see anything the installer is doing. If I run VirtualBox 4.2, there is no problems, but running VirtualBox 4.3 then the ESXi install leads to a BLACK SCREEN during the install where you cannot see anything going on. This behavior is both in Windows 7 and Linux Mint hosts OS's.
I customized the following settings after googling many sites and watching YouTube videos or people getting ESXi to run in VirtualBox 4.2: Selected Linux OS (In 4.2 there is only one "LInux other" choice, in 4.3 there is a 32-bit and 64-bit inux other choice, tried them both, no luck). Also increased processors to 2, made sure there was at least 2 gigs of RAM (I used 4 gigs or RAM), and I increased video memory to 128. Also in 4.2 had to enable IO APIC but pretty sure that was default in 4.3, and I changed the NIC to Intel PRO/1000 MT Server, which multiple sources said was needed for ESXi to recognize the NIC.
In 4.2 I can install VMWare ESXi 5.1 as a guest OS it works. But in 4.3.6 neither works. Please kindly look into this issue, this is definitely a bug.