VMware: ESXi requires the Execute Disable/No Execute CPU feature to be enabled

During upgrade my HP DL360 G5 ESXi 5.0 u1 hosts to ESXi 5.1 I received a purple screen with warning message:

 

The system has found a problem on your machine and cannot continue.

VMware ESXi requires the Execute Disable/No Execute CPU feature to be enabled

 

Solution:

Restart the host, press F9 to boot in BIOS mode

Advanced Options > Processor Options > No-Execute Memory Protection, then configure: Enabled

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More information: VMware

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73 thoughts on “VMware: ESXi requires the Execute Disable/No Execute CPU feature to be enabled

  1. Thanks for the guide, worked perfect!

    I just got two HP ProLiant DL380 G5 servers, updated the BIOS to 05.02.2011 version and did as you wrote in guide.
    Installed VMWare ESXi 5.5.0 with no problems at all πŸ™‚

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