Is there a VMware-supported way to update storage drivers included on the ESXi installer ISO?
I have an IBM System x3755 M3 (7164-AC1) with a ServeRAID M1015 adapter. The M1015 came with firmware 4.24.00 (20.10.1-0036) installed.
I am unable to install ESXi 4.1 U1 onto a M1015 RAID volume with the included inbox drivers.
The M1015 is listed on the HCL: http://partnerweb.vmware.com/comp_guide1/detail.php?device_cat=io&device_id=12373
I am using the “VMware-VMvisor-Installer-4.1.0.update1-348481.x86_64.iso” file.
The ESXi installer appears to see the volume (shows the correct size, etc), but when I confirm the volume as the destination and hit F11 to start the actual install, the ESXi Installation progress bar stalls at 0% complete.
Pressing ALT+F12 to bring up the logs shows the following lines repeated over and over again.
WARNING: LinScsi: SCSILinuxAbortCommands: Failed, Driver LSI Logic SAS based MegaRAID driver
megasas: ABORT sn <…>
megasas: RESET sn <…>
megasas: reset successful.
I then installed ESXi onto a USB key. I connected to the server using the vSphere client. Under the Configuration -> Storage Adapter tab I can see the M1015 adapter, and I can see the LUN under the Configuration -> Storage -> Add Storage wizard. But when I try to create a datastore on the LUN I get the same errors in the logs as during the installation attempt.
I then updated the megaraid_sas driver to version 5.29 and was then able to successfully utilize the RAID volume as a datastore: http://downloads.vmware.com/d/details/dt_esx4x_lsi_mpt2sas/ZHcqYnR3d2ViZCpwdw==
So it looks like a newer driver is all that is needed. However, I do not want to run ESXi off a USB key -- I want to install and run it off the RAID volume. Hence I think I need to somehow update the installation ISO with this updated megaraid_sas driver. Unless there is another way?
Thanks for any suggestions.
P.S - Incidentally I found this link from IBM that references a need for a newer driver with recent M1015 firmware: http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-5087330
P.P.S - Just for fun I updated the M1015 to the very latest FW (20.10.1-0045), but the same issue exists with the inbox megaraid_sas driver. I am hesitant to try downgrading the firmware due to this post: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/forums/thread.jspa?messageID=14583891&tstart=0