I have a Perc 5/E that works under ESXi4. I think they're the same card just that my /E has an external connector?
Thanks for the confirmation.
I have Dell PowerEdge 2900 with PERC 5/i and its working without problems.
Is that with ESXi 3.5 or 4.0?
I know some ctrl cards does not show logical disk, but only separate disk as native units.
Are you able to use ful raid functionality (RAID1 or RAID 5)?
Are you using sas or sata disks?
Plz, post your cfg.
It may work but its not on the HCL for ESXi 4.
If you do have a problem and you call into VMware they may not support you. I have tried ESXi 4 with a PERC 6/i controller and it installed fine but would not boot after the install.
PERC 5i - internal SAS/SATA RAID controller
PERC 5e - external SAS/SATA RAID controller (in Dell used for connecting MD1000 or MD3000)
PERC 5i is very similar to PERC 6i (newer generation). The difference is that PERC 6i has memory integrated on the card and supports additionally RAID 6 and 60.
I have installed ESX 4 on PE2950 with PERC 5i (2 disk in RAID1) without any problems.
I have a Perc 5i 256 MB write cache Working with ESXI 4 using 4 SATA 3.0 drives in RAID 5 with BBU unit. No issues so far I was also able to expand RAID 5 array by adding an additional disk keeping all the datastore and VMs on it intact and eventually was able to expand the datastore itself.
That was exctly what i hoped you wrote.
There may be a typo on the HCL.
ESX 4.0 is listed as compatible with both the PERC 5i and 6i controller however; no PERC cards are being shown as compatible with ESXi 4.0.
Following your suggestion......
I've just got 2 DELL PERC 5/i + BBU and 512 MB (Ebay €. 110,00 each one)
I've plugged in my ML115 G5 Quad Opteron with 4x 2048 MB Corsair DHX Dual-Path DDR2
Plugged 4 sata cable to 4 x 500 GB Barracuda
2 minutes for configuring RAID (created only one datastore with max capacity available with speed format)
Booted with my ESXi 4.0 Build 164009 from my USB Pen Drive
System has been recognized immediatly (it seems that storage attached to PERC is Parallel SCSI even if it is SATA)
Now it's time to upload some vm's
does work but you have to "vt-d" disable on bios
vt-d is very nice option on vanvmware.
I need for my vt-d pci adapters
I have perc 5 / i tested on ESXi 4
6 perc or know someone with vt-d option works?