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Add my home lab Dell C6100 (XS23-TY3) with L5639 to the list with ESXi 5.5 - I waited 24 hours and the boot process remained stuck at loading impi_si_drv... Reinstall and remove the IPMI VIB.... bummer.
Ran into about the same but Supermicro X8SIE and 32 GB RAM. We also experience the same issue with a long delay on ipmi_si_drv which was not present in 5.0 or 5.1. We attempted to remove the ipmi_si_drv from install but did not like it. We do not have IPMI options in the BIOS menu, therefore it makes it impossible to toggle anything related to IPMI. Try pressing Shift + O and append noipmiEnabled to the boot args. Once booted, connect with vSphere and add uncheck VMkernel.Boot.ipmiEnabled.
My experience was different. It hung if set to "shared", setting it back to "dedicated" solved the issue for me.
I'm on BIOS 1.71, ESM 1.33 and FCB 1.20v2
Message was edited by: Kenneth Chan (midus)
Update 17th April 2014:
Hmmm... on ESXi build 1623387 if "Set BMC NIC" is set to "dedicated" it will hang. Set it to "Shared" as recommended. BTW did try disabling the IPMI .vib (uncheck, set to false for VMkernel.Boot.ipmiEnabled). However, doing so all extended hardware monitoring, fan speeds or temperature, etc, will no longer be visible.