9 Replies Latest reply on May 9, 2017 4:22 PM by continuum

    ESXi 6.5 does not recognize the virtual disks of my server

    wbazanpe Lurker

      Good Morning:

      I just bought DELL Power Edge R230 servers, I installed EXSi 6.5 including the EXSi 6.5 customized by DELL, the operating system is installed without problem, I can create the virtual machines, but at the moment of turning on the virtual machine and want to install Windows server, the Virtual machine does not recognize virtual disks, as if it had not added disks to the machine, any suggestions?

        • 1. Re: ESXi 6.5 does not recognize the virtual disks of my server
          TheBobkin Master
          vExpertVMware Employees

          Hello,

           

          How are you creating these VMs and are you not installing a Guest OS (Windows here) when creating them?

          What are the specific error messages you are getting in the GUI?

          If did install a Guest OS when creating the VM, right-click the VM in inventory and click 'Edit Settings' do you see Hard Disks (vmdk) attached to it and of the expected size? Where have these disks been created on a SAN or locally?

           

          Bob

           

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          • 2. Re: ESXi 6.5 does not recognize the virtual disks of my server
            lmakonem Lurker
            vExpert

            What error message are you getting? Are you using the local datastore?

            • 3. Re: ESXi 6.5 does not recognize the virtual disks of my server
              wbazanpe Lurker

              Dear BOB, I appreciate your response, I'll detail the scenario a bit:

              I installed on my new server the VMWare ESXi 6.5 customized by DELL, the installation of the base system was carried out without problems, I accessed through the web interface of VMWare to create the virtual machine and install Windows Server 2012, I created the virtual machine Without major problem and I assign a virtual hard disk of 100 GB, I am working with local disks that are in RAID 1 in my physical server.

              When I start the virtual machine and start the process of installing Windows server 2012, it shows me an error where it tells me that I can not install the operating system on the virtual machine because it has no available drive to install the operating system, in short, no Recognizes virtual disks created.

               

              Thanks

              • 4. Re: ESXi 6.5 does not recognize the virtual disks of my server
                wbazanpe Lurker

                It indicates to me that I can not install windows server 2012 in the virtual machine because I have no available drive, osea is not recognizing the virtual disks created, physically I have 2 disks configured in raid1

                • 5. Re: ESXi 6.5 does not recognize the virtual disks of my server
                  wbazanpe Lurker

                  BOB:

                  I have installed VMware ESXi on the server, there is no installation of windows server, I just created the virtual machine to install the first server with windows server 2012, but the problem is that it does not recognize the virtual disk, yes, I have Selected the option that you indicate in the graph.

                  • 6. Re: ESXi 6.5 does not recognize the virtual disks of my server
                    TheBobkin Master
                    vExpertVMware Employees

                    Hello,

                     

                    Okay, just to clarify further:

                    Are you having issues with the virtual disks of the VM (vmdk disks).

                    or

                    Are you having issues with the physical storage (the VMFS datastore that you have created on the local physical disks).

                    (e.g. it won't create the VM properly due to no storage space to place it)

                     

                    If the latter is the issue then first check that the disks are visible as usable storage for creating a VMFS volume (datastore).

                    if they are not visible then maybe need to figure out if RAID1 of these disks is causing presentation issues.

                    Also ensure that they have no partitions on them.

                    Steps for creating a VMFS datastore:https://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-65/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vsphere.storage.doc%2FGUID-5AC611E0-7CEB-4604-A03C-F600B1BA2D23.html

                     

                    Bob

                     

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                    • 7. Re: ESXi 6.5 does not recognize the virtual disks of my server
                      a.p. Guru
                      vExpertCommunity WarriorsUser Moderators

                      Please attach the VM's latest vmware.log file to a reply post. This file may contain hints about what's going on.

                       

                      André

                      • 8. Re: ESXi 6.5 does not recognize the virtual disks of my server
                        Raul Hot Shot

                        "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer"

                         

                        * This error happens because your new VM has a storage controller that isn’t supported  natively in the Windows version you're installing or the necessary hard disk controller drivers have not been installed.

                         

                        * If you don’t have a floppy drive in your computer (who does anymore), then remove it. Which SCSI Controller Type did you select? Similar issue happens when using the VMWare Paravirtual controller.

                         

                        * Look the BIOS on the newly created VM & see if the HDD is there. Check the boot order list & make sure the HDD is the Primary Master to boot first.

                         

                        * To make Windows installer to identify the hard drive you need to either install the driver or mount the VMware Tools .iso image manually, also you can extract the drivers or download a different/new version of the packaging.

                         

                        Raul.

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                        • 9. Re: ESXi 6.5 does not recognize the virtual disks of my server
                          continuum Guru
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                          This problem has been reported many many times before: in the majority of cases the root-cause was a bad ISO.
                          So before you look into any fancy directions - upload the iso from which you install the Win2012 again / or verify your physical DVD that you use for installation.