jeffshead1
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ESXi 6.7 - LSI 9260-8i RAID Controller

I'm currently on ESXi 6.5u1 (without vCenter) and have MegaRAID discovery working and can see the status and get alerts but I would like to update to ESXi 6.7.

Has anyone come up with a decent way to monitor and send email alerts about RAID, drive, battery, etc. issues concerning a ESXi 6.7 machine that has a LSI 9260-8i controller card? It seems VMWare and Broadcom will never add support for ESXi 6.7.

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minivlab
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Looks like you can pull the driver from here: VMware Compatibility Guide - I/O Device Search

Just select the correct version of ESXi

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TheBobkin
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Hello jeffshead1​,

Welcome to Communities.

Not quite a solution to your query but a ton more information on this ongoing topic can be found here:

vsphere 6.7 LSI raid card, can't get drive status


Bob

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V_Peter_S
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This is the correct answer, if you follow the link: VMware Compatibility Guide - I/O Device Search​, then change to ESXi v6.7U3.

Then expand the info "+" and follow that link to: https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/details?downloadGroup=DT-ESXI55-LSI-MEGARAID_SAS-66045400-1OEM&pr...,

Then open: "Read More". it identifies the LSI-9260.

I have been using the LSI2308, but plan to add a host to my "Home" VMware Cloud, using the LSI9260.

I'll update the post once I'm done.

Pete

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mvrk
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This is a total mess since Broadcom bought LSI/AVAGO, on the support downloads page on Broadcom site for 9260-8i and 9261-8i if i click on the link to download the latest drivers it points to the mr3 driver instead of megraid-sas driver:

"The certified driver package 7.702.14.00 is downloadable from the vmware web site for

 

7.702.14.00

ESXi 6.0

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=DT-ESX60-AVAGO-SAS-LSI-MR3-77021400-1OEM&prod...

ESXi 6.5

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=DT-ESX65-AVAGO-SAS-LSI-MR3-77021400-1OEM&prod...

Please download from this location. A free vmware.com account is required to login and download."

This for sure is a problem in Broadcom support site, because the driver is for sure megraid-sas.

I asked for clarification opening a case in Broadcom but unfortunately they closed the case because my 9261-8i is OEM from SUN so they won't give support for it.

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bearhntr
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Did anyone ever get this working?

  I have an ESXi 6.7U3 Build 15160138 installation and the LSI 9260-8i controller with 6-drive RAID 5 in the box.  I am able to see the DATASTORE in ESXI - in fact was able to create a Windows VM on there - but in the HARDWARE Monitor - I cannot see the controller -- also I am not able to get MSM to see the controller either.  

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mbufkin
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Now Broadcom might be buying VMware.

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bearhntr
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Thanks for the response --- but, how does that help me? 

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e_espinel
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Hello.
You should open a new post, for better visibility and quicker answers.


If your server is branded as Lenov, HPE, Dell and more, these manufacturers provide on their websites the customized ISO image of VMware vSphere in the version you need. This image includes the drivers and tools for the server and its devices.


If the ESXi host has the appropriate drivers it will be able to receive hardware alerts (sensors) and configuration of its devices.

ESXi 6.7 - LSI 9260-8i

https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/detail.php?deviceCategory=io&productid=12384

 

 

Enrique Espinel
Senior Technical Support IBM, Lenovo, VMware vSphere and Veeam Backup.
VMware VSP-SV, VTSP-SV, VTSP-HCI, VTSP 5
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bearhntr
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@e_espinel@e_espinel  

  Thank you for the response.  It is a DELL server - but the RAID controller was added - after I got it (it was a de-comm box from work that was going in the garbage).  

  I will have to see if I can find the DELL  .ISO for ESXI.  

  Would I be better served with ESXI 6.5 - given this 9260-8i controller?  As ESXi 7.x  does not support it (which I find ODD - this is a very common RAID Controller). 

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