efststamb
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Intel VMD and VROC support on ESXi 7.0

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Hello,

I know this has been asked before, but there is no definite answer...and both related questions were before release of esxi 7.0.

Reading this https://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/memory-and-storage/ssd-software/Intel_VMD_...

as another user has mentioned, it is supposedly supported as long as the drives are Intel, u2 form factor and on a hot plugable back plane...

On the VMware compatibility guide, the intel VMD driver is listed as native in the esxi 7.0

(iavmd version 2.0.0.1055-3vmw)

I am planning on ordering a new server for hosting esxi, and I have to clear this up before choosing my configuration...

(server will be a supermicro, most probably 1029U-TRTP2 with intel's p4610 nvme drives)

It will be a single host, no HA, vSAN or whatever, all VM's on the local datastore which I would like to be on the NVMe drives.

However I don't feel at ease having a single drive...I would prefer having a raid 1 array with 2 of the aforementioned drives.

Regular Backups will be implemented (still haven't decided on which path I will follow for this), but still if the single drive fails, I will have downtime...

Putting the 2 drives behind a raid controller, defies the purpose of going nvme...

Right now I am stuck with an HP DL380 G6 server running esxi 5.5. So unfortunately no way of testing...

So my question is, has anyone been able to implement this successfully?

stay safe...

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ronald_bronsink
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Hello,

I'ts not working. I just tried it. But it sees the Drives as seperated drives and not the RAID0 i just created.

Only way at this point is with the MegaRaid6460-16i (Wich i recently bought)

https://www.broadcom.com/products/storage/raid-controllers/megaraid-9460-16i

You need also this cable 05-50062-00 (Bright Green Cable's)

https://kijkshop.nl/computers-en-printers/computer-en-tablets-opslag/opslag-accessories/broadcom-05-...

But it is only possible to attach a maximum of 4 NVME drives to 1 controller.

Good luck

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ronald_bronsink
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Hello,

I'ts not working. I just tried it. But it sees the Drives as seperated drives and not the RAID0 i just created.

Only way at this point is with the MegaRaid6460-16i (Wich i recently bought)

https://www.broadcom.com/products/storage/raid-controllers/megaraid-9460-16i

You need also this cable 05-50062-00 (Bright Green Cable's)

https://kijkshop.nl/computers-en-printers/computer-en-tablets-opslag/opslag-accessories/broadcom-05-...

But it is only possible to attach a maximum of 4 NVME drives to 1 controller.

Good luck

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NGeisler
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Per INTEL "For ESXi, the Intel® product does not provide full Intel® VROC RAID features, so it is labeled the Intel® VMD-enabled NVMe Driver for ESXi. "

So the Driver has the Raid Function Disabled.

Intel® Virtual RAID on CPU User Guide

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efststamb
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Thank you for the answers...

Because I wanted raid for my main datastore, and I kind off figured what you guys confirmed, I decided to go with a SMC SYS-1029U-E1CRTP2 server & AOC-S3108L-H8iR-16DD raid card and a pair of XS1600ME70004 SAS SSD's in raid 1 config.

For my use they are more than enough...

It works as it should and the volume is presented to esxi no problems.

The only "problem" when going with SAS SSD's is that one doesn't have as many choices as I would like to have.

Choices were down to seagate, wd and Kioxia drives all with 10dw/d endurance rating....

Time will tell how the drives will hold up.

I am now in the process of deciding which backup sw (for the vm's) to go with...

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