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    Hi,

    I want to install ESX 3.xx on an IBM x206.

    The system isn't a DataCentre class server and this is more of an intermediate or proof-of-concept kinda thing than anything else.

    The system has an Adaptec SCSI RAID card and 3 SCSI drives configured as a single RAID drive, my problem is that ESX install doesn't seem to recognise the RAID (though I can make it recognise the card) ... it starts *talking* about erasing sda, sdb & sdc which are standard Linux names for the first 3 physical SCSI drives.

    Is there a way I can see make it the RAID drive?

    Kyu
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    Re: ESX on IBM x206

    have you consulted vmware esx HCL?
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    • #3
      Re: ESX on IBM x206

      Originally posted by DYasny View Post
      have you consulted vmware esx HCL?
      Any idea where the definitive one is?

      Kyu
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      • #4
        Re: ESX on IBM x206

        on vmware.com
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        Last edited by DYasny; 6th March 2011, 19:06.
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        • #5
          Re: ESX on IBM x206

          Originally posted by Kyuuketsuki View Post
          Any idea where the definitive one is?

          Kyu
          All ESX 3.5/VC 2.5 documentation:
          http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/v...s_35_3i_i.html

          More specifically, the HCL you're looking for:
          http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi35_systems_guide.pdf

          and I'm not seeing the IBM x206 on the ESX 3.5 HCL, doesn't mean it won't work though.
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          • #6
            Re: ESX on IBM x206

            Originally posted by DYasny View Post
            on vmware.com
            I'd figured that but it's a big site and my searches had been unsuccessful in find the information I wanted.

            Kyu
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            • #7
              Re: ESX on IBM x206

              Originally posted by jasonboche
              I'm not seeing the IBM x206 on the ESX 3.5 HCL, doesn't mean it won't work though.
              Thanks ... as you say it's not on it.

              Yes ESX works (as in boots) on the server but whilst, it recognises the individual drives, it doesn't recognise the RAID. Seems to me I have several options:

              1. Break the HW array, install ESX on drive 1 (sda) and use the other 2 drives as data drives. A doable but *untidy* solution.
              2. Get a bigger drive to replace the 3 x 36Gb (expensive)
              3. Use VMWare server ... would work but not what I was testing in the first place.

              Question: VMWare ESX install appears to be based on some kind of linix/unix tech ... Linux often has the capability of creating RAID drives. Given that ESX CAN see the physical drives is it possible that it might be able to create RAID drives from them?

              Kyu
              J C Rocks (An Aspiring Author's Journey)
              The Abyssal Void War: Stars, Hide Your Fires

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              • #8
                Re: ESX on IBM x206

                1. Single drives are a single point of failure and extremely poor performance, although you could try to create an LVM (software RAID) to use as VMFS during your ESX installation. I've never tried using LVM as a VMFS volume but who knows, it may work. Half the fun is experimenting right?

                2. Bigger drive = single drive = poor performance and single point of hardware failure.

                Just read your last part. See what I said in bullet 1 above about creating a LVM.
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                • #9
                  Re: ESX on IBM x206

                  the linux way of creating software raid is not LVM, it's softraid. read the man pages for mdadm for information.

                  as for ESX, I seriously doubt it supports md devices.

                  anyhow, if you are virtualising, you need proper hardware, no point in using ESX, a very expensive software package, on a cheap server that will not be able to hold enough VMs to overlap the ESX licensing expenses.
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                  Last edited by DYasny; 6th March 2011, 19:07.
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