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Install ESXi 6.5 on a Supermicro X10SBA

tl;dr: Work around problems with the installer by using a serial connection.

Trying to install VMware ESXi on a number of Intel Bay-Trail boards apparently fails with a hanged installation right after a message like Relocating modules and starting the kernel. There’s multiple forum posts around the internet where people suggest various workarounds, which never seemed to work for me. One suggestion which stood out to me as most promising was completely disabling the internal graphics chip and using a dicrete graphics card in the PCI Express slot. read on »

Truncated IPMI Passwords

tl;dr: webui truncates new passwords to 19 chars

I used KeePassX to generate a new, 24 character password with all character types enabled. This was supposed to replace the default ADMIN/ADMIN combination for IPMI on my ESXi box. So I opened the appropriate page through a browser, navigated to Configuration > Users and modified the ADMIN user. It happily accepted the new password with no warning whatsoever and I logged out to test it .. oh well .. it didn’t work. read on »