Can you please provide a reference or evidence for this as this is a very serious issue?
At least in UK this would be mis-representation of the product as without the NIC card, ie the standard product Intel is selling , the server can't be considered to be VMWare certified.
On this bases all of Intel's claim for VMWare certifications come under microscope. Specially those of in Q4 of 2009.
Many companies look for VMWare certifications before they make their purchasing decision. This is a clear violation of people's trust.
At least we wont be trusting Intel's claim for VMWare certification and think twice before purchasing from them again.
Had i seen your posting before i would haven't purchased another Intel server.
i have just came back from our supplier after spending 5 hours testing all aspects of another Intel server(SR1630BC) for VMWare ESxi.
Thats how much we trust them that on new years eve we have spent so much time testing the motherboard.
For those who are interested SR1630BC finally worked with both NIC ports but needed an Adptec RAID card as the onboard RAID controller didn't work, which is yet another example of a claim for an incomplete feature.
Also installing Adaptec RAID card meant we had to remove the second CPU as there was no room which must hurt Intel.
I have been a loyal customer of Intel since the early 80's. i have never known Intel to lower its standard to this level.
Looking forward to seeing the evidence Dan.
They said they're going to update
- VMWare* 4.0 Update1 (Requires additional add-in NIC card)
- Certification: INT-17NOV09
Thanks for the update Dan,
Happy new year to you and family too. Lets hope it is a good one for everyone.
Thanks for sorting this at least others might benefit from this extra info.
Perhaps Intel should also mention "needs a RAID card". This is because the onboard RAID doesn't work with VMWare.
So that is two cards! and the board has a single slot.
I ordered a S3420GPLC and just hat to realize why one of my NICs is missing. One of the onboard NICs is unsupported....
This is typical for VMware; they promote ESXi for free with the intention to get SMBs into it. But the truth is they don't really care about SMBs or simple don't have enough resources for entry level server hardware support. The web is full with people struggling with entry level server hardware realizing their hardware is not fully, unsupported or unbearable slow. And this is also the reason why more and more SMB people are looking into 2008 R2 Hyper-V, just like me!
Remember, when it comes to VMware: supported doesn't mean "fully" supported. I got an 800$ Adaptec raid card which is "supported" according to VMware HCL, but this controller doesn't show up in vSphere health status, because there is no monitoring support! Why would someone have a raid array without knowing its health status?
I'm so tired of this, after almost two years of ESXi hardware trouble, limitations and horrible performance: I'm going to give Hyper-V a shot!