No - neither ESX and ESXi present a virtual IDE drive to their VMs it only supports virtual SCSI - Did you try using VMware converter to convert the VM to a virtual machine because converter should replace the IDE drives to virtual SCSI -
yes, I did but the converter cd could not access the partition to make changes. Its a very old 2.4 kernel running an old IDE mirror set. We got a warning that converter could not access the drives to make changes. the drives did image, just I dont see how converter can make the necessary kernel changes and recompile it. That has to be done manually. The problem I have is that this server is very ancient and the powers that be, would not allocate any downtime or man time to allow me to do the overhaul needed to the OS before it was too late. I manged to get the original host up and running. I will have to use the vm to work on building up a kernel that can see the scsi drives. It may help that the original server is running on half a mirror now. I can use it to recompile the drivers needed into the kernel and copy them over. I was just hoping that the ESX would allow me to make some .vmx file mod to show IDE drives to the vm guest to save me a bit of a headache.
If the kernel does not support SCSI drivers then a clone will not work. You may have to install fresh then copy your data over. Or perhaps update your kernel to support SCSI disks. Sometimes this works....
Edward L. Haletky
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