11 Replies Latest reply on Mar 1, 2010 9:25 PM by draj

    SATA Support?

    virtualrs Novice


      Hi forum any info about what SATA controllers are supported with esx4/4i?









        • 1. Re: SATA Support?
          richard6121 Enthusiast

          I have it running on a Lenovo M58 with the on-board ICH10 SATA controller in AHCI mode.  CD-ROM works, too.

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          • 2. Re: SATA Support?
            virtualrs Novice


            How is the performance? Do you get good speed on windows vm?









            • 3. Re: SATA Support?
              grcumm Enthusiast

              Intel ICH8M on a Dell Latitude D630 (yes, a laptop.  NOT a good production machine but great for test/eval/demo or recovery).  Somewhere in the release notes or documentation, VMware mentions the Intel ICH9


              http://communities.vmware.com/message/1090304 for my experiments with the D630.

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              • 4. Re: SATA Support?
                azn2kew Champion

                It also works fine on Asus P5M2/SAS & SATA as well, just upgraded and works great and good performance.  Running 2 x 500SATA drive.



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                Stefan Nguyen

                VMware vExpert 2009

                iGeek Systems Inc.

                VMware, Citrix, Microsoft Consultant

                • 5. Re: SATA Support?
                  The-Kevster Enthusiast

                  I'm using an Adaptec 2405 with two mirrors.  Very fast card and I've installed the x86 version of the Adaptec Storage Manager (x64 wouldn't install due to missing libraries)

                  • 6. Re: SATA Support?
                    virtualrs Novice


                    Stefan Nguyen, are your drives conected to SAS controller or the SATA one?



                    One more quick help please, if possible please copy a big file like 5 gigs within your windows VM (from local disk to local disk) and time it to get an estimate of write speed?






                    Thanks in  advance!!!



                    • 7. Re: SATA Support?
                      rmrobert Enthusiast
                      VMware Employees


                      Your copy speed would depend on what type of hard disks you have connected.  If you have a SSD, you will see very fast performance.  I think your general question is more of a 'Does SATA perform as one would expect or are there huge overheads/inefficiencies?'



                      The answer is that SATA support works as advertised, and we don't introduce any exceptional performance penality, so your performance will depend mainly on what you are connected to.



                      • 8. Re: SATA Support?
                        matthewfirth Lurker

                        Does ESXi v4 include CIM support for any of Adaptec's RAID cards?  i.e. is the health status of the drives being reported through the management interface so I can see if my RAID set is still running OK or if a disk has dropped out?

                        • 9. Re: SATA Support?
                          The-Kevster Enthusiast

                          No it doesn't.  But the x86 version of the Adaptec Storage Manager works really well.  It sends email on a drive failure / drive inserted / rebuild started / rebuild complete so it's got complete coverage.


                          As a side note...



                          Using the ASM I successfully created a VMFS on two 80GB mirrored disks.  Swapped both 80GB disks for 250GBs letting the RAID rebuild between swaps.  Expanded the array to cover the 250GB and then used vSphere to expand the VMFS.  Without a single restart or shutdown of a VM which was on that partition using only the Adaptec Storage Manager and vSphere clients.



                          Highly recommended!!!



                          • 10. Re: SATA Support?
                            xerox7700 Lurker

                            Which lenovo M58 and with what version of vm

                            • 11. Re: SATA Support?
                              draj Novice



                              Could you explain how do you use Adaptec Storage Manager with ESXi? IS it installed on vm? Or on ESXi? I could not understand how is possible to manage storage controller that way?

                              Could you please describe it?