The HP Smart Array P400 Controller looks good, anyone have any opinions?
im guessing over the next few weeks people will try different cards and report back what works.
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.
Works great on a simple embedded Intel® ICH6R SATA controller
Motherboard is a Supermicro P8SCi
Each SATA channel is seen as a separate scsi controller.
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've just spent £450 on two of these so hopefully they will work. I'll post my results on Thursday.
I would be glad if the 3Ware controllers will work.
Can someone check this ?
Neither an old 3ware 8006-2LP nor a brand new 9650SE-2LP seem to work.
I guess we're out of luck.
That makes me said
Thank you for the info.
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.
That sounds good.
looking at the xml files I see that the Adaptec 1210sa card is supposidly compatible.
I've got one of these coming on monday.
I'll be sure to post the results.
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.