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Aug 27, 2021

Esxi Armed Rpi4 - Argon m2 Working Fan

So you return to your bench with a new shiny argon m2 case, now your rpi4 Esxi will spit fire.

And then you realize that the argon big fan needs scripts to work and there is a script for debian,ubuntu,manjaro but you know your fate.

Nothing for Esxi.

So a very very quick fix is to replace the argon fan with another raspberry fan and connect it to outer pins. I removed the argon one , used some spacers for the generic one and i have one working fan.

I am thinking to cut the cables from the argon fan cut the plug from the generic one and build a franken fan but i am not sure if it is worth it.


Aug 15, 2021

Hello, I upgraded from Esxi ARM 1.3 to 1.5 (I used the keep VMFS option) and I can't seem to get the NTP Client to work!
When I try to start the ntpd service, i get this error : The service NTP Daemon failed to start

I have also authorized the ports in the firewall of the Esxi but still the same error. I didn't have this problem when running in version 1.3. Any Ideas to how can I solve this problem so that I can use NTP ?

Thank you.

Aug 15, 2021

Hi, there wasn't any change in the NTP functionality between 1.3 and 1.5. Please make sure the NTP server is correctly configured, and try to restart the daemon. If it still fails, can you get a vm-support package (cf

Aug 15, 2021


Thank you for the quick reply. I restarted the Esxi then first configured the NTP settings before trying to start the daemon and now everything works just fine!

I don't know if the restart of the Esxi or the configuration first of the NTP before starting the daemon solved my issue but everything is now fine.

Thank you!

Jul 19, 2021

Hi! I see a "You are currently using ESXi in evaluation mode. This license will expire in 180 days." Can't find a license for the life of me. This is awesome

Jul 30, 2021

Hi - you're getting an eval license for 180 days. It's not something you need to plug in anywhere. When your license expires, you will need to reinstall.

Jul 12, 2021

Hi, I've noticed my vmkernel log is being flooded by these messages:

2021-07-12T09:44:53.826Z cpu1:131524)WARNING: vmkusb: transfer error [22]: endpt = 0x81, nframes = 1, timeout = 0, interval = 0, max_packet_size = 1024, max_frame_size = 16384: Broken pipe there a way finding out where this comes from?

I've been playing with zfs-on-linux in debian buster VM and the entire pool got corrupted, so I wonder if this is source of corruption or I am just seeing some false clue.

Raspberry Pi4, latest fling, and devices:

[root@esx:~] lsusb
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0e0f:8003 VMware, Inc. Root Hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 2109:3431 VIA Labs, Inc. Hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0930:6545 Toshiba Corp. Kingston DataTraveler 102/2.0 / HEMA Flash Drive 2 GB / PNY Attache 4GB Stick
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 1234:5678 Brain Actuated Technologies
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0bc2:ab63 Seagate RSS LLC

[root@esx:~] esxcli hardware usb passthrough device list
Bus Dev VendorId ProductId Enabled Can Connect to VM Name
--- --- -------- --------- ------- ------------------------- ----
1 3 930 6545 false no (passthrough disabled) Toshiba Corp. Kingston DataTraveler 102/2.0 / HEMA Flash Drive 2
1 4 1234 5678 false no (passthrough disabled) Brain Actuated Technologies
1 5 bc2 ab63 true yes Seagate RSS LLC