I was able to create an operational 8.2RC1 &-Mode simulator however when I attempt to power up a clone of the working sim, I get the following error:
An error was received from the ESX host while powering on VM 7M821RC141.
Unable to find a slot for PCI bridge #0. Remove devices occupying the primary PCI bus from the virtual machine.
Any ideas ?
The NetApp supplied VMX file is 'quirky' at best. You can try uploading it again from the original archive, or search my recent posts for how to build a clean one from scratch.
Then remember you'll have some work to do to if you plan on running multiple instances with different sysids.
I've faced same issue;I've removed setting: pciBridge0.present = "true"
from first line of VMX file and VM was able to power on.
Thank you removing pciBridge0.present = "true" worked for me.
I just changed the vmx setting to "false"