petemaffuy
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Operation System on esxi5 and Files on Raid

Hello,

are that possible to installation Win Server 2008 as VM (direct connect Harddisk on Motherboard), but the datas are on a Raid Array from the same PC?

The data would be managed by the VM Windows server.

Thanks for the support.

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arturka
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Hi

Should not be a problem, as long as ESXi recognize a RAID controller and is able to see connected disks you can either attached RAW device to VM with Win2008 or create VMFS and add second VMDK disk to virtual machine

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petemaffuy
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Hello arturka, thanks for your helps.

That's my problem, the ESXi does not support my controllers. Must ESXi needs to support the controller? I was hoping to avoid that problem over the Windows server. For the Win Server i have drivers.

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arturka
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. Must ESXi needs to support the controller?

yep, ESXi must support your controller.

you have few chooses now:

  • replace controller for model which ESXi can support it
  • change a hypervisor (use XenServer or Hyper-V) and verify if controller is supported by mentioned Hypervisors
  • or change a concept from bare mettal hypervisor to software virtualization
    • install Linux on your server (I'm pretty sure that controller will be supported by newest distro)
    • install virtualization software (Vmware workstation, VMware player, oracle virtual box)
    • create a VM and install Win2008 on it

here you have a link for last option

http://vmwaremine.com/2011/09/23/how-to-set-up-a-home-lab-for-vspehre-4/

http://vmwaremine.com/2012/01/09/vmware-worsktation-8-installation-o-linux-ubuntu/

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petemaffuy
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Hello arturka,

options 1 and 3 are for me alternative solutions.

How stable is the 3 option?

VMware Workstation is intended for test environments, so that I can transpose a permanent solution?

I want use Win2k8 64.

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arturka
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How stable is the 3 option?

VMware Workstation is intended for test environments, so that I can transpose a permanent solution?

Hi

What you mean by "transpose a permanent solution"

BTW, what is RAID controler model which you have a problem with ? maybe it is possible to add ESXi drivers to ESXI5 iso.

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petemaffuy
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Hi,

ESXi is actually created for 24 hours 7 days applications, Such as a server.

Can I operate permanently with VMware Workstation important applications, such as a Windows server. Quite often there are bugs or limitations that prevent a sustainable productive use.

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arturka
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well,  I wouldn't use Workstation in production environment, maybe for single low utilized server as a temporary solution but definitely not as a main virtualization platform

BTW. what is your RAID controller model ? maybe it is possible to download drivers and inject them into ESXi5 iso or maybe it is supported by ESXi4 ?

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petemaffuy
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My Raid Controller is the 3Ware 9590SE, on ESXi 4 is the Controller Supported. But i want use the newest Version from ESXi.

I Testing the 3. Option.

  • I install on Local Machine (Harddisk directly connect on Mainboard) a Linux Distru. like Ubuntu. (Must Support my Raid Controller).
  • With VMware virtualize the W2K8 R2 64 Bit. (Only 40 Members, in the VM are not Data Files, only the operation System)
  • On the Raid Array are only Data Files.

I hope i can realize this scenario or do you have a better idea?

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arturka
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I recommend stay with ESXi4, just apply newest patches and you should be good

Artur

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petemaffuy
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Where i can Download the Download VMware ESX 4.1 Update 2?

In my VMware i receive a message: You are not entitled to download this product.                                     VMware ESX 4.1 Update 2.

Why i must have anytime these probs.

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arturka
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Try to download ESXi 4.1 U1 (not ESX), download Update Pack 2 for ESXi4 and update  your server, don't forget about request a free license for ESXi4 because trial period is only for 60 days

Artur

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petemaffuy
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Thanks for your helps arturka.

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