It hangs on loading module megaraid_sas for a very long time and it didn't pass.
LSI 9240-8i (2 750GB RAID 1, 4 4TB raid 5)
Hi Dave, I tried esxi 5.0 and it's the same thing. I still can't see the drives from the RAID controller.
Is there a way I can manually load the new driver from LSI? (During the installation or before it?)
|VMWare 4.x - 5.5|
|VMWare 4.x||Jan 08, 2013||http://www.lsi.com/downloads/Public/MegaRAID%20Common%20Files/MR_VMWare4_DRIVER-6.505.09.00.tgz|
Also I found this reply from here, what your suggestion now?
No matter what settings and BIOS version, Ubuntu, XenServer 6 and Windows 2008R2 had zero problems seeing and installing to the storage adapters I had.
Dell Perc H200
Stupid ESXi 5 is a pain! Very sensitive. I either got no storage adapter visible, or ESXi installer would freeze at loading megaraid_sas module.
I can see why everyone is staying with 4.1. Wise decision.
I finally got it to work after loading and old motherboard BIOS. Days of my life I will never get back. My info is posted as reply on hard forum com with thread titled Supermicro X9SCM-F and VMWare.
Hi, I also had a few issues with my 9240-8i. I have an Intel RES2SV240 expander on it though (its on LSIs approved list).
Have you ever had to do a reconstruction on the Raid5 volume? I had a 3 disk Raid5 and added two disks and its taken a week to do 25% of a reconstruction!!!
I see on that screen "Can not load module megaraid_sas: module is already loaded". This imho is not a good idea (to force reloading of driver which is already loaded). Instead of that customise your esxi-image (http://www.v-front.de/p/esxi-customizer.html). It has probably older version of megaraid_sas driver, so throw it away from esxi installation image and substitute it with the latest one you download from LSI-webpage.
My problem has been resolved after I upgrade the bios of my motherboard. (also updated LSI raid controller firmware)
And FOR RAID 5, 9240-8i is not a good card RAID 5 speed is very slow and I plan to either get a new card or build a raid 10 disks,
as I googled 9240-8i has no cache so if you us RAID 5 it will be a bad idea.