ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe and VMWare ESXi

For anyone out there who may have the same motherboard as I do, the ASUS A8n-SLI Deluxe Socket 939, I wanted to let you know that it DOES in fact work with VMWare ESXi. Since their hardware compatibility list (HCL) is limited to commercial off-the-shelf servers I wanted to note that it is fully functional (except for that only 1 of the 2 NICs work).

I was able to attach a storage pool directly to the onboard SATA controller and 1 of the 2 gigabit NICs is supported by ESXi with no modifications necessary.

I was also able to plug in a USB drive with ESXi installed and boot right into the OS, connect remotely, and manage the server.

2 thoughts on “ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe and VMWare ESXi

  1. Miguel

    I have succesfully installed ESXi 5.1 on that Mobo too. I had to change to a dual core AMD CPU since the original one was not validated by the installer. My mobo is just A8N-SLI, not premium. I’m wondering if hardware virtualization can be enabled?

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