ESXi? If so, hardware recommendations?

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Angry
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 23:54    Post subject: ESXi? If so, hardware recommendations? Reply with quote
Anyone tried getting DD-wrt x86 working in ESXi?

Ive been running it in Vmware Workstation for over well over a year, and just had the board crap out in my comp that does my VM's and media serving.

So Im planning on taking DD-wrt x86 and my other VM's thats been hosted on my Windows 7 media PC in the basement to a completely separate machine for just DD-wrt x86 and my VMs and leaving my media pc to itself.

Id like to do this with ESXi, using a 990FX motherboard with IMMOU/Direct Path for ESXi and passing a dual PCIe Intel NIC directly to DD-wrt x86.

I tried this awhile back with ESXi 3.5 on a 32bit host,(just testing) but had issues with the console in Vshpere not showing up in Windows 7 (its a 3.5 bug, have to have WinXp) And never finished it. Id be doing 5.0 and 64bit this time, so I shouldnt run into that issue.

Anyway, cliffnotes:

Has anyone tried DD-wrt x86 in ESXi, and if so, have they passed a NIC directly thru to it?
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Angry
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:05    Post subject: Reply with quote
Closest thing I have is, here:

http://rhoadesbrown.wordpress.com/2011/10/07/building-a-dd-wrt-image-in-vsphere-5-0/#comment-25

Where the author tells you how to build the image for ESXi.

But how would one pass the LAN side of the DD-wrt x86 VM outside of ESXi to a physical switch for a physical network, instead of just the virtual....?
j911
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:31    Post subject: Reply with quote
You don't need to pass through the lan ports to ddwrt. Create a new vswitch and assign a physical nic to it. In esxi add a second nic (intel e1000) to ddwrt. See it has been assigned to lan. Use the same vswitch for all other vms too. Job done.
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