HP DL380 G4 and VMware: Will Not Run 64-bit Virtualized Guests.

I read all the Internet debates about how it might or it might not and I can confirm that I tried it and it didn’t work. The server runs the host OS, SuSE Linux 64-bit, beautifully but it totally craps out when a 64-bit guest OS install is attempted. EM64T doesn’t do VT so.. if that’s what you’re looking for, start with the HP DL380 G5.

This server still has its benefits however. Including 6 drive slots (2×72,2×147,2×36 SCSI YAY), capacity for up to 12 GB of RAM (I installed 10) and it’s decently affordable. Another thing that I love about it is that I can change the POST text. How fun is that? So I made it say something that makes me laugh everytime. See if you can spot it:

Mmm 10240 MB Initialized… *drool*

Chrissy is a Cloud and Datacenter Management & Data Platform MVP who has worked in IT for over 20 years. She is the creator of the popular SQL PowerShell module dbatools, and holds a number of certifications, including those relating to SQL Server, Linux, SharePoint and network security. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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5 comments on “HP DL380 G4 and VMware: Will Not Run 64-bit Virtualized Guests.
  1. Duncan says:

    Had the same problem with Dell 1850 blades, no VT means no 64 bit VM’s…

  2. Chrissy says:

    Yeah, and I was lookin so forward to that beast running Exchange 2k7. Now I’m going to have to virtualize it on my Rackable Systems AMD64s :( But I guess I at least have that option, as slower and less reliable as it is.

  3. Sean says:

    Nice setup and awesome POST declaration :P – I have a poweredge 2450 (Dual P3 1GHz running ESX 3.5) and also have this issue :( No exch2k7 for me either.

    Hoping to get a better testbed server up and running soon with VT capabilities.

  4. ptlinva says:

    I tried as well…

    You can’t run Hyper-V either on anything less than a G5 as well… and I’m seeing killer prices on some G6’s now as well. BTW, I’ve been playing with a Dell R710 (and I’m not a dell fan due to some bad experiences) and it’s bad to the bone. It’s 2x quad core but each core is hyperthreaded so it shows up as 16 processors in Windows. It’s SCREAMING FAST… It’s about to make a convert out of me.

    I was a bit bummed as well as I just picked up this G4 just for Exchange… :(

    BTW Chrissy, your picture is stunning! Have a wonderful day!

  5. Techmill says:

    So will it run 32bit OSes in a VM just fine?

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