Assistance required. I am trying to instal VMWare ESXI 5.5 on a server running an Intel Motherboard but ESXI cannot find the hard drives.
I have 2 x 1TB HDs on the MB currently running SBS 2011 STD.
This project has now come to an end and I would like to do a Type 1 bare metal install on the server.
Please see atthached photos.
I think ESXi 5.5 doesn't have driver to control your Storage Controller which your hard disks connected to.
You can read more here: vSphere 5.5 Documentation Center
Pic-1.jpg shows you are using bios- (aka software-/fake-) raid. This is NOT supported in ESXi. Disable "Intel RSTe" and let your drives configured as stand-alone (not member of raid-volume). Then ESXi-installer should find your drives. If you want redundancy, you have to get real raid-controller...
Hi Kunbong, I visited the link as suggested but couldn't follow what the post said to do.
JarryG, I did as you suggested, but it made no difference.
I read a post by Joshua on how to disable Intel(R) Embedded Server Raid. Technology II. I followed his post and deleted the raid.
Please attached photos.
Any ideas on how to proceed would be very much appreciated.
I am new to this but I am very comfortable with following clear precise instructions / guidelines.
please try to install ESXi as before. At the screen where it shows that no hard drives have been found press Alt-F1 on the keyboard and log in as root (with blank password).
Then run the command
to find out the PCI ID of your disk controller (be sure that you have configured it for AHCI before doing this!).
Then post the PCI ID here!
You are in the UEFI BIOS here, but you need to run the ESXi installation until you get to this picture:
Hi Guys / Ladies,
Did Alt+F1, logged in as root and issued
esxcli software acceptance set
I get "Connect to localhost failed”
I have disabled Intel Raid Controller in Bios and configured disc controller to AHCI.
Any suggestions on how to proceed?
It is an Intel Server. Please see image Pic 5 of my original posting.
This is my very 1st time with this. I am an MS “Graduate” through and through and I very much know my way around Microsoft platforms. I already installed Hyper –V 2012 R2 on the server.
During installation, Hyper –V couldn’t find the drivers for the Hard Disk controller. I went to Intel’s website, downloaded the drivers onto a USB drive, pointed the OS to it and it installed.
From Pic 5, any ideas what I should be looking for on Intel’s website? For the Hyper –V, I did a Google search for “Intel RSTe hard drive controller”. That was how I located and downloaded the drivers for Hyper –V 2012 R2 to install.
May I also thank you in advance to please include installation instructions – if possible? I’d be most obliged.