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JohnTFarmer
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Trying to create 1st datastore on esxi 6.7 Dell R710, Perc H700, no disks in the list of devices

My apologies, I am new to vSphere.  When trying to create the first datastore on a new vsphere 6.7 installation.  Under storage section (left menu), then on Datastore tab, it does not show any local disk storage  to make a new datastore. Under the adapters it lists the H700 with unknown status. Under devices tab, it does show both logical storage units from the H700, one is 2.18TB capacity and another is is 300gb, which is the total of my internal local storage.  If esxi cannot read the H700 status, then maybe it also cannot see drives with available storage.

When the server is booted to Win10 it can see all storage so I believe the storage configuration is functioning.

Is it possible to work around this be installing ver 6.5 of esxi?  Or is a different raid adapter required?  Other recommendations are appreciated.

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JohnTFarmer
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Follow-up information:  Installed ESXi 6.5 and now the disk device status shows as normal. However when creating data-store, no devices show as available to choose from.  This is the ESXi ISO image from VMWare site.  Wondering it this requires the DELL Custom vSphere version instead.

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The R710 is only certified for 5.5 and 6.0.x. Your H700 indicate that you have a later R710.  We always use the Dell Custom ISO. Iam pretty sure that i have some Dell 11.Gen with ESXi 6.5 around taking a quick look i didnt find a single one.

From what i have seen in the past. If there was already a Filesystem on a Device the ESXi sometime refuse to create a VMFS(Datastore) on. So i wipe it.

Regards,

Joerg

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