ESXI Help understanding the install metod


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Hello.
Ive been a member for many years and have success in running baremetal

Cuurently running Baremetal Intel S5500HCV DSM 6.2.2-24922 Update 4 

Now i am trying to setup an: hp proliant ml350 g5 server xeon quad-core e5420 2.50ghz

Of what I understand this cant be run as Baremetall.
So I found this tutorial: 

All make sence untill here: 
 

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save file, dismount all and exit.

???????

ESXi part:

 

Upload synoboot.vmdk and synoboot.img to esxi (in one folder)

 


It assumes the user has knowledge of ESXI i suppose...
I know loader has a ESXI option on boot.
I know that its about VMWare

But, I dont understand how to use ESXI. (VMWare)
Do I make a bootable usb, as in baremetall. and boot the server?
Do I install ESXI on the server first or local on my PC?
Where do I find the correct versions?

Hope someone can clarify for me.

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Think of the hypervisor (ESXi) as a "wrapper" around DSM.

Install ESXi on server, then configure a virtual machine (VM) inside, on which to install DSM.

 

You will need an ESXi boot device (generally a USB key, which is confusing because a baremetal XPEnology loader also uses a USB key).

You will also need an ESXi scratch disk that is separate from the disk(s) you intend to use for DSM.

 

Once you have installed ESXi and have a scratch volume configured, you can install the DSM VM.

XPEnology loader does not need a USB key when running under VMWare, it can just use a disk image. That's why there is a menu option in the loader, so it knows which you are doing.

 

It takes some trial and error to learn how to best configure DSM under a hypervisor; it offers you much more control over your hardware/software configuration.

 

FMI: https://www.vmware.com/topics/glossary/content/hypervisor#:~:text=How does a hypervisor work,the physical and virtual resources.

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On 8/29/2020 at 9:59 AM, GizmoPower said:

Thanks a lot for taking time to respond.

I tried to install ESXI 6.7 but cpu xeon 5420  not supported  😳

But I understand much more now on how to proceed. Will try again.

Appreciate it, thanks. 😊

Gizmo, if you need some help on the ESX side let me know.  Also, you can probably run 6.5 on that 54xx.

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9 hours ago, vanayr said:

Gizmo, if you need some help on the ESX side let me know.  Also, you can probably run 6.5 on that 54xx.

I managed to install 6.5 and run Xpenology. The problem now is when i want to start the innstalation of .pat I get: No hdd found 😕 
I think the controller may not be supported. If am not wrong I think it is Smart Array E200 controller....
Im running on this one: hp proliant ml350 g5 server xeon quad-core e5420 2.50ghz

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