Hi Guys...I have ESXi 6.5 installed on an identical box...I purchased a refurb copy of the same spec box and have installed ESXi 8.0.0 on an internal USB Stick within the server...the box is configured for RAID 5 and has PERC6 controller...I could not install ESXi on Virtual Disck as Install couldn't see it (it shows in boot up) and the Host can not see any drives to use as a Datastore....i've been playing with boot order etc for days...tomorrow i'll try installing ESXi 6.5 to see if it's the box or ESXi 8...but any ideas you have or advise is sure welcome!
I've been running ESXi 8.0b on a R720 w/ a PERC H710 controller with 4x1TB SSDs in RAID5 with the RAID virtual disk as my datastore. I installed ESXi to the virtual disk as well. In hindsight I wish I'd done the USB stick install and have my RAID array as datastore only, but it's been running flawlessly for weeks now so I'll probably just leave it the way it is. I just had to ignore the CPU compat warning during installation. But I cannot speak to the PERC6 controller.
Are you using the vanilla flavored ESXi ISO for install? Or the Dell custom?
Trying the Dell custom ISO is a good shout, it might just have enough backward compatibility to have a compatible driver.
on Dell M1000 compute sleds, we have found M610 a no go for anything beyond ESXi 6.7
M620/630 are OK for ESXi 7.0.
Not tried ESXi 8.0 yet.
I have ESXi 8 running on an R720 as well. Internal USB booting clover then pointing to PCIe NVMe to load ESXi. From there the datastore is on an additional PCIe NVMe with H710 running in IT mode with all front drive bays functioning properly. Replaced the internal quad gigabit NIC with a PowerEdge 2x 1gb/2x 10gb NIC and it functions fine as well.
I also have an R710 and plan on attempting ESXi 8 with it as well, but I don't have my hopes up. If there's any good info I can provide one way of the other i'll update here.
I also have the Dell PowerEdge R710 and want to install ESXi 6.7 or higher for my home lab.
Hi everyone.. I found this thread very useful to start with! I have a Dell R710 I’m repurposing and I have query around USB installed ESXi.. if you have a USB flash failure what’s your recourse, and, can you RAID 1 two USB drives to mitigate for failure? Thanks!
If you boot from USB flash, and the drive fails, you could always reinstall ESXi on a new drive, and your storage datastore would remain intact. As for RAID, the only conceivable way to do that with USB drives (if it can be done at all) would be a software RAID, and VMware only plays nice with hardware RAID controllers.