From the updated I/O sheet this is what's mentioned on supported SATA controllers....
Supported SAS/SATA Dual Controllers
ESX Server 3.5 supports selected SATA devices connected to dual SAS/SATA controllers. This support is limited to ESX Server 3.5. It is not included with ESX Server 3.0.x.
The supported dual SAS/SATA controllers are:
mptscsi_2xx (PCIE) ‐ LSI1078*
mptscsi_pcie ‐ LSI1068E (LSISAS3442E)*
mptscsi_pcix ‐ LSI1068 (SAS 5)*
aacraid_esx30 ‐ IBM serveraid 8k SAS controller*
cciss ‐ Smart Array P400/256 controller*
So what is the best PCIE card for me to put into my S5000PAL server that will use the above driver, if only someone could make a list :smileygrin:
FYI .... For my Test environment I used the ASUS KFN4-D16SAS. There is an LSI 1068 onboard. It worked with 3.0.2 and the noapic boot option. I'll try it with 3.5 asap and post if it works.
I have a HP ML115 and I can confirm that the onboard SATA does not work with 3.5.
It installs ESX and creates the VMFS on the drive. However when it reboots after install, comes up with
"mounting root failed"
I'm quite sure all the supported devices are listed into the following ESX directory : /etc/vmware/pciid/*.xml
Check sata*.xml files
All models are listed there, with their IDs
Hope this helps.
Blackforce, any updates on the issue yet? As I'm looking into buying an ML115 for testing server.
I've got the same issue on my current white-box testing server, however, when I install on a "normal" IDE drive, it works!
(obviously the SATA disk is just a VMFS store then!)
the card is set to be delivered on the 17th.
The ML115 SATA does not work. I have tried everything to get it working. Basically the onboard SATA controller is crap on it. It doesn't even do proper raid.
I tried :-
Installing as JBOD (mounting root failed)
Installing with raid 1 active (ESX still sees the disks as JBOD)
Installing with raid 0 active (ESX still sees the disks as JBOD)
installing with IDE as host for ESX and sata for VMFS (ESX cant see the SATA disk at all once booted)
I think the problem is that the kernel used during setup supports the controller, but the vmkernal dont. hence why we get the "mounting root failed"
I will post my findings once I have got the card and tested it.
Hmmm, have you figured out which SATA controller it is, in the ML115? The HP site is very unclear about this one... Some websites state a nVidia MPC55... ?!
Can you send me a lspci?
It appears to be a issue with the XML file :).... Can you actually boot it up to a prompt? If so, try to edit the sata_nv.xml file, and copy/paste this part:
<name>MCP55 SATA Controller</name>
And add another one, stating the <device id="037f"> (as it appears to have that one, according to some sites!)
The on board SATA of my SuperMicro X7DBE shows 6 controllers too. Even when i configure it to use the Adaptec Host RAID.
00:1f.2 RAID bus controller: Intel Corporation 631xESB/632xESB SATA Storage Controller RAID (rev 09)
But no RAID, i see both harddisks as single disks in the VI client...