I have a problem with the "HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i" controller and the customized HP image:
Server: ProLiant MicroServer Gen8
Tried following images: "VMware-ESXi-6.0.0-Update1-3073146-HP-600.9.4.34-Nov2015.iso" and "VMware-ESXi-5.1.0-Update2-2000251-HP-5.69.2-Nov2014.iso"
The vSphere client recognizes the Smart Array but if I want to add the array to ESXi storage it is only possible to add single physical discs instead of the raid array.
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Can anybody please explain how to use the B120i controller with ESXi 6. The customized image doesn't seem to solve the problem?
Is it even possible to use this raid controller with ESXi?
If you created raid-array and despite of that in ESXi you see individual disks, it means it is software- (bios-/fake-, etc) raid controller. Not true hardware controller. These are generally not supported in ESXi, for a few very good reasons.
You have to install HP ssa ..the add the disk to array ..then add disk will started showing a unused space...this can takes 12-24hours depends on the size of the disk..once this complted ..add the required space yo logical drive...then you have to add the space to database from vpshere vconsole
As first step I would suggest to run latest available SPP (service pack for proliant) for your server model to update the BIOS and all firmware (in case you didn't do it so far)..
This controller is not officially supported by VMware as it''s not on the HCL:
But most importantly, like it's brother the B140i (Trouble installing ESXi 5.5u3 on RAID-1 Setup (HP DL380 Gen9 / Intel B140i)), it's a fake-RAID controller and not a real hardware RAID controller.
ESXi does not and has never supported software RAID aka fake-RAID controllers. This is the kind of cheap onboard controller you find in desktop motherboards, which are not real RAID controllers. They rely on specific controller drivers and the OS to do the actual work in software and don't present an abstracted a logical volume to the OS as a real RAID controller would do. This is why you still see 2 individual disks even though you created a RAID1 mirror.
It will probably work more or less reliably if you use the controller without any RAID setup in JBOD mode, but it will remain unsupported.
Hey guys! I'm new to VMware and I'm running into the same issue. I have a volume created with this HP B140i raid controller. From what I'm reading, it's software and doesn't work or shouldn't be used.
My questions is this. As of right now we're going to going to be running 2 Windows VMs on this. I have 2 1TB drives. I will use one for the ESXi 6 installation. What are my options for backups etc. I wanted a hardware raid1 (mirror) just in case we lost a drive.
Any recommendations for my setup?
Your array controller is a software SATA controller. Not supported in the HCL. You need to put a real RAID controller in there. This would be a P series SAS controller in the HP world.
Thanks. I'm not sure if I will be able to get a raid controller now. Once I install ESX, what are my options for backups, etc.? Can I take a snapshot of the VMs and store them someplace, etc?
You can use something like VeeamZip to back them up. Do you have a paid vSphere license or are you just using the free host license? Snapshots are not backups by their very nature and a long snapshot tree would be less than ideal for a stable and healthy environment.
The reason that I asked is you could use the vSphere Data Protection Advanced and put that VM on your second disk as a backup as well. Not a great solution but it is a solution.
Thanks, I may just go get this controller. We will see. If I can't get the extra funds I will just have to try what you said or investigate other vm backup options.
Evrything here is a false information. The controller works fine even with ESXI 6.7.0 U3.
The problem: Turns out that for some reason the HPVSA driver for ESXi has some issues.
You need the old driver. You can get it from this official Hewlett Packard Enterprise page here:
If you still have problems, then:
If you run into a problem where the RAID arrays are not visible anymore; don’t worry, the data is still there. It’s just a matter of convincing the hpvsa driver to load properly. One issue I’ve found is that when I look under Storage > Adapters, that my hard drives were listed there, but not as RAID drives. Just as standard SATA/AHCI drives. In the column ‘drivers’ I saw that it wasn’t using the hpvsa driver that I downgraded, but was using vmw-ahci instead. What I did to resolve that was disable the vmw-ahci driver with this command:
esxcli system module set –enabled=false –module=vmw_ahci
(ps: above command is with two dashes not a single dash – wordpress messing up the formatting)
And uninstall the hpvsa .88 driver and rebooted.
Then I reinstalled the hpvsa .88 driver and rebooted again.
Then hpvsa loaded properly and my datastores became visible again.
Also, I found that I had to update to 20170404001-standard (build 5310538) for this to work at all; on an older build it wouldn’t load the hpvsa driver no matter what I did.