You’re right - I don’t have an apples/apples comparison because there aren’t any of these HP systems available on eBay. I suppose without pcie expansion these are somewhat niche - but maybe I don’t understand how much of a discount these were sold at due to their limitations.That comparison seems a bit apples and oranges... Maybe even bananas.
I know this post was back in 2020, but I just installed ESXi 7.0.3i February 2023 on the EC200a. Immediately ran into the USB boot issue using Sandisk drives. I have two EC200a systems so I was able to get creative with mix-n-match settings. Going into the BIOS, the settings that solved my perpetual boot issues after install were:Yeah, I tried that last week before posting here. (via iSCSi on my FreeNAS box) I also got it installed, but I couldn't get it to boot via iSCSI. Are we best friends?
I picked up the $3.50 USB 3.1 32GB Microcenter thumb drives. Same thing.
I also figured this may just be a BIOS incompatibility. So I downgraded, and downgraded, and downgraded:
ILO 2.75 > 2.70
BIOS v2.66 > v2.60
BIOS v2.60 > v2.56
ILO 2.70 > 2.56
Turned off USB 3 support, thought I did that last week, booted once, did not boot subsequently.
One thing I noticed is that after a failed boot (Fatal Error 8), it will reboot after a minute or two with no intervention. On the subsequent reboot, the BIOS won't see my USB drive, rather it seems the Phison xxxx boot, which is not what is normally seen. I think this is a BIOS issue, not a ILO issue, not a VMware issue. I can't believe there aren't more people talking about this.
While I was at Microcenter, I also picked up 2x cheap MicroSD readers ($.99). Installing onto a 32GB Samsung PRO Endurance MicroSD. Maybe that will work.
Narrator: It still didn't work. USB is garbage on this. I saw something at some point mention swapping the CMOS battery, I'll try anything at this point.
In my investigation for finding a communication board I came across a seller on Ebay, selling multiple storage bays for 325 EUR each. But I think they are shipping to Europe only.Would be awesome to find one of the optional storage bays too, I call dibs if anyone has one for sale.
I"m in the same boat. Line me up as #2 behind @tammyTUX for a communication board if anyone has one or knows of a source thats not thru the roof expensive.Hello folks,
after some years I suspended my ES200a from serving as a labserver, but I want to give it a second life for using with OPNsense.
Therefore I wanted to expand it with the communication board, but this seems to be hardly to find, neither on Ebay nor somewhere else.
Maybe someone here has a communication board unused in the drawer and want to sell it to me?
Found 4x down under, so shipping is expensive to the US:Found one that ships to NA
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