RHEL 4 / Centos 4 on VMware ESX 2.1

While trying to install RHEL 4 on VMware ESX 2.1 I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Linux installation which was unable to detect disks.

A quick search in VMware’s web site resulted in a download page for RHEL 4 Update 2, which, unfortunately, wasn’t the version I was using.

Before running around and searching the nearest download of RHEL 4 Update 2, I’ve noticed that VMware configuration for each virtual machine defines vxmbuslogic SCSI adapter which requires, as it appears, special driver for Linux RHEL 4. However, changing the adapter to vmxlsilogic solved the issue, and required no special Linux driver.

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