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@Pumek: Running Free Hypervisor 7.0 on GEN8 with B120i disabled and running in AHCI mode. No problems so far and stable. I was not able to update from 6.7U3 even after switching to AHCI mode so I did a clean install.


I did get a message stating that the E3-1265L cpu might not be supported in future releases.



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8 hours ago, pumek said:


did you obtain new free license key?


Yes. You need to register on the vmware web site. Then you gain access to download the free version and you  will see a license key to use. Very straightforward.


The ISO image you can find here:



Register here:



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Is there an issue with B120i  and esxi 7.0 ?

I also found an hpe custom image, but is not for gen8 and specified install only/no update.

I have a custom hpe 6.7 and I want to  upgarde 7.0, not sure if possible.

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Download zip file and try ofline update.
There will be info to uninstall some packages.
Yes there is a problem with b120i driver package.


esxcli software vib remove -n scsi-hpvsa
esxcli software vib remove -n scsi-hpdsa
esxcli software vib remove -n qedf
esxcli software vib remove -n qedi
esxcli software vib remove -n hpe-nmi



esxcli software vib install -d "/vmfs/volumes/some volume/VMware_ESXi_7.0.0_15843807_HPE_700."

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In that case I'm not sure if I'll go to 7; I use the b120i controller because its the only way the fan will go down to 7% (idle). When using ahci is 12-15%, and someone is sleeping in that room :)

I'll search another usb stick and do a fresh install of esxi for testing, only if I convince myself that I won't lose the datastores doing this.

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On 29/04/2020 at 13:04, danyxp said:



Nesse caso, não tenho certeza se vou para 7; Eu uso o controlador b120i porque é a única maneira de o ventilador diminuir para 7% (ocioso). Quando o uso do ahci é de 12 a 15%, e alguém está dormindo naquele quarto:)

Vou procurar outro pendrive e fazer uma nova instalação do esxi para teste, apenas se me convencer de que não vou perder os datastores fazendo isso.


How are your settings?

I'm using it with RAID1 + 0 and the Fan goes over 50%

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With esxi 7.0 I'm not using the B120i controller; in gen8 bios I chose AHCI. The fan is 12% at 22 celcius ambient.

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42 minutes ago, danyxp said:

Com o esxi 7.0, não estou usando o controlador B120i; no gen8 bios eu escolhi AHCI. O ventilador é de 12% a 22 graus Celsius.


But how have you been doing RAID?

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I'm not using any raid; if I wanted a raid configuration I would need another raid controller, as b120i has issues with esxi7.
Or I could use and configure raid from a virtual machine at OS level ( I think)

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