Marvince
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ESX server + Asus P5M2/SAS

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Clone system build with the following components:

Asus P5M2/SAS

Intel Core2 6600

LG IDE DVD-ROM 8162B

Kingston KVR667D2N5/1GB (4)

Western Digital 80GB SATA2 WD800JD (2), in RAID1 on LSI1068 (vmhba0:0:0)

Western Digital 500GB SATA2 500AAKS (2), in RAID1 on LSI1068 (vmhba0:4:0)

Western Digital 500GB SATA2 500AAKS (1), on LSI1068 (vmhba0:6:0)

ESX3.01 installed no problem on vmhba0:0:0

ESX recognized and formatted vmhba0:4:0

ESX recognized vmhba0:6:0 but can’t format, getting this error from VI client:

Error during the configuration of the host: Unable to find filesystem for partition vmhba0:6:0:1

Anyone else with a similar configuration getting this error?

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mcwill
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If you look at /var/log/vmkwarning you will probably see something along the lines of

WARNING: SCSI: 7938: status Not supported, rstatus #c0de00 for vmhba0:0:0. residual R 999, CR 80, ER 3

WARNING: FS3: 2484: reservation error: Not supported

WARNING: FS3: 2919: Failed with bad001f

This is because on that controller, a JBOD SATA drive does not support the SCSI RESERVE command that vmfs requires to mount a volume. What you and others have noticed though, is that if the same SATA drive is part of a RAID set then vmfs can be used.

That said, please note that if this is a production system vmware don't support the use of SATA drives for vmfs.

http://www.vmware.com/community/thread.jspa?threadID=57499&start=0&tstart=0

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mcwill
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If you look at /var/log/vmkwarning you will probably see something along the lines of

WARNING: SCSI: 7938: status Not supported, rstatus #c0de00 for vmhba0:0:0. residual R 999, CR 80, ER 3

WARNING: FS3: 2484: reservation error: Not supported

WARNING: FS3: 2919: Failed with bad001f

This is because on that controller, a JBOD SATA drive does not support the SCSI RESERVE command that vmfs requires to mount a volume. What you and others have noticed though, is that if the same SATA drive is part of a RAID set then vmfs can be used.

That said, please note that if this is a production system vmware don't support the use of SATA drives for vmfs.

http://www.vmware.com/community/thread.jspa?threadID=57499&start=0&tstart=0

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J-H
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I had a similar issue with a storage controller using a LSI chip. I could not create a vmfs until I bought a RAID activation key and setup the disk as a RAID 0 volume.

http://www.vmware.com/community/message.jspa?messageID=590583

GCR
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Hello,

I am being using SATA disks for VI3 home labs, but yes you need to create an array to put it work, so I suggest you to create an array 0 and then install it.

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virtex_vm
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I've found this info. that might be helpful:

http://www.vmweekly.com/articles/hardware_recommendations_to_build_cheap_esx_server/1

As far as I'm concerned, I'd be very interested to know if P5M2-M works as well... as it doesn't have a SAS controller. Anyway, the Linux LSI MegaRAID driver should take care of the onboard SATA chip (probably in RAID0 or 1). Otherwise, I'll have to stick a cheap PCI Adaptec 29160 onto it, thanks eBay Smiley Wink

On this more "affordable" mobo, the network cards are the same as on the P5M2-SAS. For a whitebox config. opting for a microATX box, like the Antec NSK 3400 becomes possible (smaller & quieter).

Has anyone experienced that motherboard?

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Marvince
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Thanks everyone for your help.

I ended up creating a RAID0 array with 3 disks, and everything is working great.

BTW, the P5M2/SAS is a perfect product for a home VM lab - only 400$ CAN.

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SimonM1
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I have been looking for this Asus P5M2/SAS for 4 weeks now in the UK, and it is totally unavailable!!

Very frustrating, the only suppliers I can find are still quoting 2 weeks+ or unknown as the lead time.

Does anyone know a USA source that will ship this board to the UK?

Or an alternative similar motherboard that could be used?

Thanks

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djpaynesr
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If you're looking to build this as a home machine why not go for the Adaptec 2610SA (<$140 US) and SATA drives?

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VMwareDan
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Has anyone tried using the ASUS P5M2/SAS MB to connect to an ISCSI SAN/NAS.

I read a little about it at:

http://www.vmweekly.com/articles/hardware_recommendations_to_build_cheap_esx_server/1

I also found links for a Software ISCSI SAN / NAS at:

http://www.openfiler.com/ and http://www.freenas.org/

Has anyone tried this yet?

I heard it could be done with regular a 1Gb NIC ad standard 1GB Switch, although TOE NICs preformed better.

Thanks-

D-

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Nibor
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I'm using this board in combination with Openfiler and it works great, but don't expect rocket performance. A decent Gbit switch is definitely a must. I'm using a managed gbit linksys switch and run my iSCSI traffic on a separate vlan.

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