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ESXi advice

Posted: 14 Jun 2019 23:16
by cookiemonster
Hello. I've been running XigmaNas since early days on bare metal on spare machines until the end of last year when I decided to go full grown up server. Second hand old one, good enough for my needs.
I migrated by installing on usb, moving hard drives across, importing config, all good.
Then once all settled I looked into putting the server into ESXi in order to share resources for VMs and prevent a piece of software I run on a jail from running away with all the available resources and triggering the fans at full speed, that on a rack-type server everyone knows is deafening.
After some tribulations I managed to install ESXi, create a VM for XigmaNas and try the exercise.

Here is my problem: Xigma VM starts up, jail starts up, after tweaking harware setup to account for different hardware i.e. new virtual NICs, new ip addresses, etc. after some time, probably in hours, the communication with the host is lost on the management ip. I can only reach it via ipmi and no matter what I do I can't get it to get its network configuration back from the dhcp server or static ip. If I reboot the cycle repeats. By the way if XigmaNas is on bare metal, all is good.
What do people suggest with some experience with XigmaNAS on ESXi, or maybe my hardware ? :
Supermicro X8DT3 motherboard. Dual Intel Xeon processor + other gubbins: LSI HBA, 24 GB ECC Ram.
ESXi I installed the latest one 6.7 U2.
I'm thinking I should try an older version of ESXi but being such a pain to reconfigure, I'd ask for inputs. Thanks in advance.

Re: ESXi advice

Posted: 15 Jun 2019 00:49
by biggsy

This is just a wild guess but is your IPMI port set to "failover" mode in the BIOS?

Have a look at this post in Reddit.

Re: ESXi advice

Posted: 16 Jun 2019 00:21
by cookiemonster
Thanks @biggsy for the input. Likely due to the age, I don't have that option, only "Dedicated LAN" and "On-board LAN".

Re: ESXi advice

Posted: 16 Jun 2019 02:37
by biggsy
When you said ". . .after some time, probably in hours. . ." I thought it was probably a long shot.

I don't think it will be ESXi. Hopefully not a hardware problem.

Re: ESXi advice

Posted: 16 Jun 2019 23:49
by cookiemonster
Could be. When running XigmaNas on bare metal, solid, no hiccups at all. Just when on ESXi, so I'm thinking I need to try a different, older version of ESXi. I'm going to have to leave it for another time though.