Just about anything will work but you need to look at some of the Compability Guides to see if ESX 3 will installed.
Plus, you can find servers on Ebay that are really cheap and will be fine for the installation of ESX 3.
Just My 2 cents.....
there are no SATA drives supported even if the are mask throug controllers as SCSI or IDE.
The cheapest solution to atach on a PC is a basic SCSI drive.
just check out the I/O compatibility guide for supported controllers,
section "Storage I/O Device and Model Information"
there are some "cheap" adaptecs or LSI.
Basicly if you go with any SCSI controller you should be fine.
IDE/ATA drives are actually also supported, but just for the ESX and not for storing VM.
I use the LSI MegaRAID SATA 150-4 with VI 3.x.
J-H, can you elaborate on your LSI MegaRaid 150-4 setup and how you got it to work on VI3?
Are you using VI3 evaluation or the latest VI3.0.1?
During install I keep getting a "Unable to find any devices of the type needed for this installation type" error which keeps requesting to either "Select Driver" or "Use a driver disk".
I am trying to install the VI3 COS directly to the LSI drive array and have tried all the available built in driver options as well as manually feeding the LSI 2.10.7 RHAS3.0 driver with no success so far.
My setup is the following:
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 Motherboard
Intel Duo Core 6300 CPU
LSI Logic MegaRaid 150-4
Western Digital 500GB SATA (Qty-4)
Intel Pro 1000 NIC
Any insight would be extremely helpful.
Thanks in advance!
Im using an ASUS P4C800-E motherboard. It has only unrecognized SATA disk controllers onboard, therefore I bought the LSI MegaRAID 150-4 and connected a WD5000KS disk to it.
I installed one of the release candidates of ESX 3.0. The install procedure only found the disk connected to the LSI controller and not the other disks I have connected directly to the SATA controller on the motherboard. A few weeks ago I did an upgrade to the released ESX 3.0 version. I havent tried to upgrade to 3.0.1 and I havent done a fresh install although this is the recommended if you have installed a beta version.
03:0d.0 RAID bus controller: LSI Logic / Symbios Logic LSI Logic MegaRAID (rev 01)
03:0d.0 Class 0104: 1000:1960 (rev 01)
grep "0x1000,0x1960" /etc/vmware/vmware-devices.map
device,0x1000,0x1960,scsi,LSI Logic MegaRAID,megaraid2.o
When I was searching for a cheap test box at home I used the information at
Have you tried to perform a fresh install of ESX 3.0 or did you use 3.0.1?
Maybe VMware has removed drivers in 3.0.1 that have been available with 3.0.
Thanks for the input J-H.
I'm trying to install using ESX 3.0.0. I think VMware might have removed the 150-4 driver compatibility when they went to 3.0 Final so I assume 3.0.1 won't have the 150-4 driver either.
Should I try to install 2.5.3 or 3.0 Beta and do an upgrade to 3.0 Final?
Is 3.0 Beta or RC available for download still? Anyone still have a live link?
Sorry, I do not have the old 3.0 RC ISOs available anymore. I deleted the old ones when I downloaded 3.0 RTM.
I posted a reply to this thread http://www.vmware.com/community/thread.jspa?messageID=493342&
Lets see what answers we get.
do you know the build number of the RC version? I might have a copy
No I don't and I also run upgrades between multiple RC builds.
I did not perform a fresh install because I did not have enough time to re-create the configuration.
I've got to agree with what someone stated above, save yourself all this pain and unpredictable results and buy something that is on the HCL from ebay. When i did my VCP, I picked up a DL380 for less than $200. I used it for 2.5.2, but a simple Array Controller upgrade and I should be good for 3.0.
I agree following the HCL would be the least headache but I have all the equipment I mentioned above already and any additional purchase would be out of pocket (which needs to be saved for the baby on the way...).
Since it seems the 150-4 will work (either through upgrade from 2.5.x or 3.0 RC) I would like to figure this out and document it for others that may need a SATA option as well, I just need some more details so I can actually get this done.
Here's another idea...
Perhaps installing the COS to a IDE drive I can get VI3 online without the 150-4 but is there is a way to add the megaraid2 driver afterwards to make it work?
Good luck with the baby.
As someone who just had their second...don't expect to get too much use out of your lab for awhile.
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installing the COS to a local IDE disk will work (SATA's generally don't) and then putting the VMFS on a controller such as the 300-8X (after you make the vmware-devices.map changes) will work too.
Just as an update I have installed ESX 3.01 on LSI Logic / MegaRAID SATA 300-8ELP on SATA II drives with no need to do any editing/hacking. This card has SAS support so I suspect that is why it just works It does, however, take about 10 minutes to boot. Maybe someone can find a fix for that