Thanks, I never thought about looking into the Compatibility Guide
The card is detected and I have all my datastore.
This is what I have installed on 6.7:
scsi-megaraid-sas 6.609.07.00-1OEM.600.0.0.2494585 Avago VMw areCertified 2018-04-26
lsiprovider 500.04.V0.66-0002 LSI VMw areAccepted 2018-04-26
for sure, I'll stick with my other USB key running 6.0. Still prefer to know if I have an hard drive dying :/
I just ran into this problem after upgrading from 6.5 to 6.7. Messed around with different versions of the SMIS and lsi provider files, but ultimately I believe the issue is that the LSI Provider support has ended at 6.5 U2. That really pisses me off. My raid card reports supporting 6.7, so you think all good, right? Nope, not if the LSI provider functionality is no longer supported.
Search "LSIprovider" on the compatibility check page to see the 6.5 U2. Search your raid card again, and see it probably says 6.7 supported.
Unfortunately, when I discovered this and found the instructions to rollback to previous version, both bootbanks say they are 6.7 and cannot be downgraded or reverted. So now I'll have to reinstall ESXi 6.5 to get around this issue.
I really, really hate it when hardware and feature deprecation happens in a point release like this. Going to v7.0, I'd expect to drop legacy stuff. Going from 6.5->6.7 just makes me look at the other hypervisor solutions in the future.
Edit: Just found an updated document (5/16/2018) showing 6.5 U2 as being latest for LSI provider. https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/pdf/vi_cim_guide.pdf
Strangely, I found a Fling for ESXi compatibility checking. It complained about my 10G nics possibly not being supported in 6.7 (but they still work), but the storage both reported compatible (the datastore works, but no hardware monitoring).
- Storage Adapters:
vmhba0 - 0000:00:1f.2: IO Device 'Cougar Point 6 port SATA AHCI Controller' from Intel Corporation
PCI ID: 8086:1C02:8086:7270 Driver: vmw_ahci 1.2.0-6vmw.6188.8.131.5269922
[OK] Compatible: IO Device 'Cougar Point 6 port SATA AHCI Controller (PCIID:8086:1C02:8086:7270)' is compatible for ESX 6.7.0
vmhba1 - 0000:01:00.0: IO Device 'MegaRAID SAS GEN2 Controller' from Avago (LSI / Symbios Logic)
PCI ID: 1000:79:1000:9263 Driver: megaraid_sas Version 6.610.15.00
[OK] Compatible: IO Device 'MegaRAID SAS GEN2 Controller (PCIID:1000:79:1000:9263)' is compatible for ESX 6.7.0
Would/is it up to the vendor (i.e. Broadcom/Avago/LSI) to make a new lsiprovider (sims) driver? Any way to find out if they are working on one?
LSI did put out a newer LSI provider. Just with 3/4's of the supported hardware no longer
It probably is on LSI to update the driver, but when an existing driver just stops working on the same major ESXi release number, it's VMWare's fault. The existing working 6.5 driver shouldn't be prevented from working on 6.7, lest it's VMWare making big changes breaking drivers.
Let's say you install Windows 10 and the driver works for several years just fine. Then you upgrade Windows 10 to an anniversary update and not only does the existing driver stop working, but it stops working for good. Everyone gets rightfully mad at Microsoft. To be clear, this doesn't even really happen in Windows, you just rollback to the previous working driver and life continues on. Not in this ESXi case.
where are you looking for the drive status? The vCenter Web Client version 6.7 (both legacy Flash and HTML5) currently do not display the LSIprovider information.
However, if you look at the host directly (via embedded Host Client) the status may be shown there. Can you please check this?
I am in the same position and nothing good shows on the host web client either.
Under Monitor->Hardware->Storage it shows "LSI / Symbios Logic MegaRAID SAS GEN2 Controller" as well as a ton of other non-storage hardware components, but it it does not show the individual drives and all of them show "Status Unknown".
I have opened a support case with LSI/Avago/Broadcom. Here is their response.
We are currently qualifying Esxi 6.7.
We are only providing software for 6.0 and 6.5
You already have the latest SMIS provider from Broadcom, 00.66.00.02
When software qualification is finished, a release will be provided by either VMware or Broadcom.
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I am using an older 9260-8i in my home lab.
- ESXi650-201803001: CIM works, lsiprovider works, MegaRAID discovery works
- update-from-esxi6.5-6.5_update02: CIM works, lsiprovider broken, MegaRAID discovery does not work
- ESXi650-201806001: CIM broken, lsiprovider broken, MegaRAID discovery does not work
- CIM broken, lsiprovider broken, MegaRAID discovery does not work
6.5 with ESXi650-201803001 is the latest version I can use.
ChristTheGreat - Just out of interest, where do you manage to find the latest LSI SIMS? I have been having some odd issues with my 9260-8i, so over the weekend updated the server (a Dell T430) the 9260 firmware (albeit the newest is 3 years old), and re-install a fresh version to the Dell OEM ESXi. I installed v6.7 but of course now my MegaRAID Storage Management software cannot connect to the host. I've looked for the LSI SIMS, but can't seem to track them down on the Broadcom site.
BTW, have you ever managed to get and decent logging out the MSM?
The first version I used, was from the 6.5 I upgraded from. After it didn't work with 6.7 I checked Broadcom:
Broadcom Website > Support > Support Documents and Downloads
Product Group: Legacy Products
Product Family: Legacy RAID Controllers
Product Name: MegaRAID SAS 9260-8i
Asset Type: Management Software and Tools
Latest SMIS Providers VMware 6.0 and 6.5
MR 6.14, Version: 00.66.00.02, File Size: 31315 KB, Language: English
But it was the same version that was already installed and - as the website noticed - it is just for ESX versions up to 6.5.
Latest version of LSI SMIS provider is MR7.7 ver:00.71.00.04 09/17/2018 but still VMware 6.5 ONLY!
LSI (or Avago, or Broadcom), you are sleeping?
Any solution? same problem here...
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I recently put in a support request to Broadcom re: the ESXi 6.7 support. Apparently they're aiming for 6.7 support in the MR 7.8 release and targeting mid/late November. Of course, targets can slip...and there's no mention of which components will be supported under MR 7.8 (MR 7.7 was officially aimed at SAS3-era components but seems to function on older parts)...but their statement is at least something more than "we're working on it."
IMHO, using storcli is only good option at this time.